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Floating Connectors

Floating connectors are uniquely designed and equipped with spring-like terminals. With automation being widely applied to manufacturing, floating connectors are able to absorb the alignment errors from pick-and-place machines. In addition, the spring-like terminals reduce the stress on floating board to board connectors caused by vibration or shock.

Types of Floating Connectors

Floating connectors are featured with a suspended mechanism on the mating interface. These floating connectors allow a range of space to accommodate for misalignment errors. Floating connectors are composed of a floating side and a fixed side.

Fixed Side
Assembly Drawing
Floating Side

What are the Features of Floating Connectors?

Self-Alignment Mechanism

Floating connectors can correct a range of tolerable misalignment when PCBs are assembled.

Self-Alignment Mechanism
Misalignment Range
Actual Effect

Floating Connector Design

With spring-like terminals in the seperated interior and exterior insulators, floating connectors are capable of withstanding misalignment in all X, Y, and Z axes.

Mounting Assistance Mechanism

The weld tab design provided on both male and female connectors helps share the stress on the connector in order to enhance its performance against extreme environmental conditions.

Weld Tab
Weld Tab

Fail-Safe Posts to Prevent Misaligments

This kind of connector is designed with positioning posts on both sides of the connector to prevent connection errors. The two pegs on either end also reinforce the connector after soldering it onto the PCB.

Locating Peg
Weld Tab

What are the Advantages of Floating Connectors?

Floating Connectors can Avoid Misalignment

Precise alignment is required in rigid connectors during PCB assembly. Floating connectors can absorb alignment errors during rapid automated substrate assembly and thereby realize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of automated PCB assembly.

Multiple Connectors can be Used on the Same PCB

Aligning multiple rigid connectors on the same PCB can be difficult. Floating connectors can be an effective solution in allowing multiple pairs of connectors to be used on the same PCB by absorbing the cumulative tolerances.

Reduce the Applied Stress

The spring-like portion of the terminal absorbs the applied stress imparted by alignment errors. This reduces the stress applied to the mounted parts and therefore enhancing the connector's reliability while also preventing solder cracking.

Spring portion of the terminal absorbs stress

Higher Design Flexibility

Floating connectors relieve the consideration of misalignments and tolerances during the design process thereby enhancing their overall design flexibility.

What are the Applications of Floating Connectors?

Floating connectors are applied in automated substrate assembly for the industrial, automotive, commercial and medical industries where vibration and shock often occur during operation.

Industrial: PLC, CNC, Sensor and Control Modules
Automotive: GPS System, Infotainment, Wireless Modules
Commercial: LED Displays, Indoor, Outdoor Small Pitch Displays

What are the Capabilities of Greenconn's Floating Connectors?

Greenconn has customized various floating connectors with different pitches and mating heights according to customer requirements. More than 10 series of floating connectors have been developed for our customers in recent years. For more inquiries, please feel free to contact us!

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