GCT website has functionality for mobile device users

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With the aim of delivering the best online customer experience in the connector industry, Global Connector Technology (GCT) has recently evolved its website by offering perfect functionality for customers using tablets and handheld mobile devices. The updated site at www.gct.co is extremely user friendly and contains in depth details on the entire GCT product range.

The new design improves user experience for smaller touch screens. Larger button sizes, simple flowing menus and a perfectly functioning filter system allow customers to find the ideal component quickly and easily. In addition, a new Live Chat feature allows instant access to GCT sales teams across the globe.

The new site is intuitive, users screen size is automatically detected and the window switches between full screen, tablet and handheld modes. Core functionality remains constant, giving customer’s access to GCT exceptional range of PCB connector and cable assembly products and services, such as detailed technical information, custom product options and downloadable 3D models.

Visit www.gct.co to see how easy specifying a connector or cable assembly can be.

GCT Parts Featured on the Ben Heck Show

Recently we sent one of our GCT sample boxes over to Ben Heck of the Ben Heck Show.GCT parts featured on the Ben Heck show - here's the sample boxBen is known for creating all sorts of interesting and unique electrical engineering products, and in this show he set about designing and building a point and shoot digital camera using the Raspberry Pi as a base.

Part-way through the project he dove into our box of treats and picked out a Micro SD connector – MEM2061 to be exact – Its push-push mechanism was perfect for the task in hand.

You can watch the video in its entirety by clicking here

The Ben heck Show is sponsored by Element 14, who stock plenty of GCT parts for quick and easy distribution.

Nano SIM Connector SIM8050 – Re-Engineered to 1.35mm Profile

Profile height is reduced to 1.35mm (.053″).  SIM8050 also offers the smallest SMT footprint size of any Nano SIM connector on the market at: 10.8mm x 12.20mm (.425” x .480”).

GCT Nano SIM8050 Reboot

SIM8050 now includes a protective full metal shell offering better protection from heat damage to the SIM card.  Improved card insertion and extraction allows for a better user experience, whilst maintaining excellent vibration and shock characteristics.

The connector is available as 6 contact push-pull type, cards are inserted and removed by hand. It’s suitable for 5,000 card insertion cycles and a card stop function allows the Nano SIM card to by plugged in one orientation only.

There are tray type Nano SIM connectors on the market, formed from a basic contact block and metal shells, which must be purchased separately. In addition to multiple reflow processes the customer must source a plastic tray to hold the SIM card in place, not a problem if you’re producing millions of handset or tablet units, more of an issue for medium volume requirements.

The socket accepts the 4th form factor Nano SIM card format. This format measures 12.3mm Length x 8.8mm Width x 0.67mm Thickness and maintains existing SIM contact arrangements.

The Nano SIM card reduces insulator length from 15mm, width from 12mm vs Micro SIM card insulators.  Card thickness is reduced from 0.76mm, which is the standard on Mini and Micro SIM cards.

This links to all the technical data you’ll need gct.co  alternatively Contact your local GCT office , we have expert SIM connector people available to talk to.

SIM8050 is in stock at our global distributors (Future Electronics, Newark/Farnell & Element 14) now!

Custom Overmolded Cable Assemblies – Trust Our Expertise

GCT Custom overmolded Cable Assemblies

Working with blue chip customers has developed GCT’s expertise in custom overmolded cable assemblies. GCT understand the complex nature of product development and have the skills and experience to help you design the perfect solution for your design, the starting point for considering a molded assembly is often a design challenge, GCT have helped many customers by working hand in hand on developing a custom solutions.

Overmolding provides an aesthetically pleasing and professional finish to your assemblies. In addition overmolding offers durability, improving the overall reliability of the cable assembly.

GCT also offer a range of standard connector overmolds, minor modifications such as strain reliefs, bushes, boots, grommets and PCB’s can be molded into your application for little cost.  Custom overmold tooling starts from as little as $500, making molded cables exception value.

If you seek a bespoke mating connector solution we can help, we’ve designed mating PCB connectors and overmolded cables for a variety of customers. For a flavor of our capability see our case studies.

All cables are fully tested and our production facilities are accredited to ISO9001:2008.  UL certification is available upon request.

Contact your local GCT office to discuss your requirements, we have expert staff to assist you in all locations, we support you wherever you design – wherever you manufacture.

Custom Connector Solutions

GCT has the design and engineering expertise to offer custom connector solutions.

Custom connector solutions

As an example of a recent design that was turned around in eight weeks, a customer approached GCT to provide an RJ45 modular jack with a very small width sidewalls, their application didn’t have the space to accept a standard size connector. After understanding the customers’ requirements and assessing the quality implications of molding very thin side walls, we asked ’why use sidewalls at all?’

GCT offered a modular jack connector without an outside wall, the key design challenge was to hold the eight contacts in place, as without a side wall they would be highly likely to move out of position upon mating. GCT proposed a snap fit comb to be fitted over the contacts of the SMT connector post reflow soldering. The fitted comb not only keeps the contacts in the correct position for the lifetime of the product but also holds the contacts upright for final assembly, securely fastened in place by the customer’s SFP die-cast hood.

To allow auto SMT assembly the main body of the connector was designed to be fitted on the underside of a cutout PCB with two locating pegs providing placement assistance and extra strength.

GCT also offered custom tape & reel packing, no special film was required as flat area was designed on the connector to allow vacuum suction, commercially GCT delivered the solution for the same price as a standard SMT mod jack.

What’s more GCT is also providing the mating special cable assembly, screened to prevent EMI/RFI and including a special offset keyed RJ45 cable plug, which removes any chance of mismating.

“Here at GCT we are very confident in our abilities to exceed customer expectations when it comes to the design and build of innovative connector solutions” stated Steve Turner, Engineering Director of GCT. “What’s more, our engineers relish the challenge of not only designing something that is technically sound, but also that the design is commercially viable”.

Contact your local GCT office to discuss your custom connector requirements.

See Custom connector solutions at the GCT website.

USB3.0 Slimline Mid-Reverse Connectors

GCT USB 3.0 Slimline Mid-Reverse mount

With the nature of electronic design ever changing to offer devices that are both smaller and slimmer it’s imperative that component manufacturers evolve connector technology in response. For this reason Global Connector Technology (GCT) has introduced a new range of USB3.0 mid reverse connectors that are ideal for inclusion in devices such as tablets, notepads and other hand held devices.

In low profile applications where height above and below the PCB is key, GCT offers mid bottom mount USB3.0 connectors. USB3.0 full size connectors are mounted as standard on the topside of the PCB. GCT’s innovative reverse connectors allow mounting on the bottom of the PCB, the connectors sits in a cut out on the printed circuit board thus minimising height. Receptacle insulators have perfect orientation to allow normal cable assembly plug mating with USB symbol facing upwards.

  • USB1115 with cutaway face is perfect for angled panels, with an ultraslim 5.4mm body height.
  • USB1110 is mounted below the PCB, while the bulk of the connector sits above the PCB. Both connectors are packed in tape and reel and are suitable for the demands of high temperature processes.

To speed up design downloadable drawings, 3D models and specifications are here. Parts are in stock in your local GCT office for next day sampling.

Call your local sales office today to discuss design requirements and see why GCT should be the supplier of choice for USB connectors.

LED PCB strips connectors

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GCT offers an economical solution for connecting PCB strips in end to end orientation.

Desirable in solid state lighting applications where space is limited, in combination a vertical SMT socket and U-Shaped header allow horizontal PCB mating with plugging from above. The GCT solution allows LED strip PCB’s to be slotted into place and a U- Shaped header to be plugged in later, an additional benefit is easy repair and maintenance.

GCT’s White Lite connector range is available in 2-6 circuits, vertical socket (BG306) mates with either single insulator (BG304) or double insulator (BG305) U Shaped headers.

Insulators are LCP in natural coloured for better aesthetic effect, the light coloured parts reduce light absorption and reduce shadows.

To speed up your design download 2D drawings, specifications and 3D models on our Drop In LED Strip Connector page.

Free evaluation samples of most types are available and shipped same day from your local sales office.

Reverse Mount Micro USB Connectors – Top Mount options!

Micro USB from GCT

GCT offers a Micro USB2 connector for top mount printed circuit board applications.

GCT’s reverse B type allows horizontal Micro USB connectors to be mounted on the top side of PCB, standard Micro USB connectors are mounted on the bottom of the PCB. The top mount connectors accept µUSB cable plugs with USB symbol facing upwards, which is the proper orientation, to take advantage of the top mount design option customers must make PCB cut outs, this caters for space envelope of cable mounted plug ‘tangs’ mounted on the bottom of cable plugs.

GCT offer USB3100 pure SMT & USB3135  through hole stakes for extra strength.

Get 2D drawings, specifications and 3D models from the GCT website Top Mount Micro USB connector

 

Micro USB2 Connectors offers multiple design options.

Micro USB from GCT

GCT offers a new range of µUSB connectors, now defined as the standard interface port for Smartphone in Europe.

Available in B and A/B formats in horizontal top and bottom mount, with vertical thru hole version allowing an alternative design configuration.

Optional metal stakes and plastic pegs offer options to make your design more robust. Parts are rated to 10k cycles ensuring longevity in all applications, including On-The-Go.

Whether you are facing a space-critical design or seek to move to a lower cost source, GCT has the product at the price point you need.

The GCT website offers drawings, specs and 3d models for all parts.

Free evaluation samples of popular circuit sizes are available and shipped same day from your local sales office.