Staying Connected with Electronic Connectors

by Breana Cronk, IQS Editor

Dozens of studies by dozens of scientists and research facilities alike boldly profess the human need to feel connected to someone or something in this world. While the reasons have been largely debated, some site emotion and others physiology, the modern era makes this fact all the more clear. It has become a rarity to experience even the slightest bit of disconnect with the world unless one truly makes an effort to do so. Computers, phones and even cars have become faster and more advanced allowing for human interaction on a regular if not constant basis throughout much of the world. Despite the comfort provided by such connectivity, it is not uncommon to bemoan the electronic connectors that make it possible. These are the twisted tangles of cords and plugs that seem to engulf so many computers, telephones and even entire offices. These are what keep the world connected.

In a simplified explanation, the purpose of power connectors is to join two or more electrical circuits together. This is accomplished when a male configured component, for example a plug with one or more prongs, is connected with a corresponding part referred to as the female element, the receiver or outlet. The design of both male and female components may vary considerably, but compatible devices must be used in order to successfully generate the flow of energy between the two. Connections between two or more cables or cables and electronic terminals such as appliances may be permanent for continued flow of electrical signals, or temporary to provide a limited and more easily controlled transfer.

Whether continuous or truncated, these devices transfer much more than AC and DC currents. Despite being commonly referred to as electrical connectors, these devices are actually responsible for the spread of information, be it audio or visual. The fiber optic connectors reaching across the Atlantic, for example, allow for fast and efficient intercontinental telecommunication while the cable connector reaching from the DVD player to the television provide both visual and audio entertainment for millions. Even though the cords and cables needed to create effective electronic connections may be a bit of a nuisance, their omnipresence in modern society is largely reflective of their tremendous performance.

While snarls of cable and wire connectors are so common as to have given birth to an entire industry built around cord saver design and organization, a brief survey makes clear the importance of these devices to everyday modern life. Electronic connectors are solely responsible for the continued communication not only between individuals, but between machines such as computers and printers, mp3 players and speakers and even automotive electrical systems. Telecommunication, electronics, automotive, computer, radio, entertainment, machining, medical and construction industries among others all rely on these devices for the continued flow of both electricity and information. In essence, the absence of electronic connectors would leave billions of people and industries around the world feeling utterly disconnected.

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