Coaxial Connector Termination: Which Technique is Right for You
Typically, there are three ways to terminate a coaxial connector: crimp, clamp or twist-on. Each method has its benefits, and choosing the right one is imperative for optimal performance of your coaxial cable assemblies.
Here is an overview of each method:
Crimp method is the most popular variation. It reduces installation time and provides good electrical and mechanical connection. The cable shield is crimped to the coaxial connector using the crimp ring. The connector center conductor is attached to the cable center conductor by crimp or solder.
Clamp method is often used in cases where weather exposure is a factor, or when crimp tools are unavailable. With this technique the cable shield is clamped between the coaxial connector body and back nut. The connector center conductor is usually soldered to the cable center conductor.
Twist-on method is the quickest and easiest approach, though it can be less reliable than other methods. It is most often used in field applications because of its simplicity and no need for special tools.
Determining the right method of termination is dependent upon your specific application. Using the correct termination method will ensure optimal mechanical and electrical integrity of your connection.
Whichever coaxial connector termination method you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations regarding cable strip length and crimp die size.
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