What is a connector ?

A connector is an electromechanical device used to join electrical terminations and create an electrical circuit. 

Connectors work in pairs. Each pair is composed by a plug and a receptacle, one with a male insert and the other with a female insert. 

These are two important informations :

  • Plug usually refers to the mobile connector (on the cable).
  • The receptacle usually refers to the "more fixed" connector of a pair (on a panel, box, etc...)

The role of contacts in connectors

The contacts are used to transmit information signals within a connector. However, it is possible to have male contacts independently on a plug or on a receptacle. 




In both cases, depending on the male or female contacts, a male plug mates with a female receptacle and inversely. 


The importance of coding

Please note that for the coupling of plugs and receptacles, they must have the same coding : N, A, B, C, D, E. 



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