- Prioritize your needs.
Most terminal designs embody some compromise, so ask yourself: What’s most important? Deflection of beams, contact force, corrosion, life cycles, temperature, electrical conductivity, or cost?
- Consider formability early in the design process.
Can your terminal be manufactured without fracturing? Fracturing can occur if the piece is bent below a minimum radius that varies with the thickness of the alloy strip and the orientation of the bending. ETCO Engineers can offer you assistance in this area.
- Plating Cost-Savers
(1) pre-plated material can save money since it eliminates an operation;
(2) hot dip plating doesn’t have the uniform thickness of electroplating, but it can offer a formable coating that’s free from porosity, and it is less expensive.
- Tolerance analysis can pay large dividence.
Unneccessarily tight tolerance increase costs.
- Shelf-life solderability
If this is a requirement, a copper or nickel diffusion barrier should be used on many copper alloys. Ask ETCO if you’re not sure.
- Know the application thoroughly.
This is key for reliability and economy.
- Get your suppliers involved early in your design.
Their experience will help you shorten your product launch times; reduce tooling, material and labor costs; and improve overall quality.
We’re here to help you! So, please call your ETCO representative today at (941) 756 8426 or email ETCO.