- Press-fit technology is a solder-free electrical-mechanical connection technology between component and circuit board.
- Press-fit connectors are pressed through properly dimensioned plated-through holes on a printed circuit board (PCB). It is an alternative to the soldering method and offers a number of advantages over its more traditional counterpart.
- In the 1960’s, connectors with various shapes of press-fit terminations began to appear, and press-fit technology started to evolve as an alternative to the soldering method.
- The telecommunications industry was the first to adopt this method of connection in large scale applications in the late 1970s, and many specifications have been written around press-fit performance requirements by various industry groups such as IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), Bellcore (Bell Communications Research), and PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group).
- Press-fit is mechanically more stable and gas-tight connections are more secure than soldered connections, with a failure in time (FIT) tested at up to 30 times better than soldered connections.
- Press-fit connectors can eliminate a number of negative aspects that come along with soldering such as thermal stress on the PCB, cold solder joints, and shorts caused by solder bridging. They are also easily repaired, more environmentally friendly, and cost effective.
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Rising Demand for Press-fit Connectors in Electronics, Telecommunication, and Aerospace industry
- Press-fit connectors are cost effective as well as environment friendly. These characteristics will induce a large number of industries who are into PCB manufacturing and using the soldering method to switch to press-fit connectors. Hence, a rise in demand for press-fit connectors is expected in the future.
- Press-fit connectors are utilized in many applications, from data and communication to transportation and mechanics, and in either passive or harsh environments.
- Electronics industries would prefer press-fit connectors in PCB rather than soldering due to its easy repairable characteristics, as it would reduce their cost on maintenance of instruments.
- Product development aimed to meet or exceed conformance to these specifications, enabled connector manufacturers to gain significant expertise. That led to securing product design-in position in the aerospace sector through the late 2000s. Modern aircrafts such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 are currently utilizing sophisticated power distribution and control systems that employ press-fit D-sub (D-sub miniature) connectors manufactured by “Positronic.”
- Press-fit connectors are ideal for high current applications, irrespective of continuous, peak, or spike current. The high mechanical stability works well for heavy cables, and any torque will get better results from press-fit parts. It also works well for applications with high environmental impact, such as temperature or vibration.
Europe Leads the Press Fit Connector Market
- The press-fit connectors market is relatively concentrated, and manufacturers are mostly based in Europe, North America, China, and Japan.
- Europe accounted for more than 35.87% share of the total production volume of global press-fit connectors in 2017.
- Japan is the hub of electronic innovation, and these innovations are outsourced to Europe and North America for production.
- China is also well-known for electronic manufacturing at the cheapest cost, and demand for press-fit connectors as an alternative to soldering may rise in the coming years.
- Demand for press-fit connectors may rise as more and more electronic innovations happen in the future.
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Key Players Operating in the Press-fit Connector Market
TE is the leading manufacturer in the global press-fit connector market with market share of 32.84% in terms of revenue, followed by Samtec, Amphenol, Molex, JST, and JAE.
Following are the key players in the press-fit connector market:-
- TE Connectivity
- Molex Hirose
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