Connectors 101

Connectors 101

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There are 19 names in this directory beginning with the letter G.
GAGE
A term used to denote the physical size of a wire. Also spelled gauge.

GALLING
Forcible mechanical erosion of material, usually in the coupling mechanism, that can cause connectors to become cold welded or corroded together.

GANG DISCONNECT
A connector that permits the rapid and simultaneous disconnection of two or more electrical circuits.

GAS TIGHT
A contact system that utilizes soft metals at low contact pressure or hard metals at high contact pressure so that the mating metals are upset and the resultant joint seals and prevents contaminant gases from entering the contact area.

GAS-TIGHT AREA (wrap post)
The part of the contact area formed at the corners of the post that are not affected by gases under specified conditions.

GENERAL PURPOSE
A connector designed to have multiple uses, and to be low cost; non-application specific.

GOLD
A very malleable, ductile, high conductivity, yellow metal, that is impervious to most chemicals. This metal is commonly used as a surface plating for contacts to enhance contact performance and provide a surface that is impervious to most environmental contaminants.

GRID SPACED CONTACTS
Contacts in a multiple contact connector which are spaced in a geometric pattern.

GROMMET
An elastomeric or plastic sealing device that supports and protects terminations and wires/cables from adverse mechanical and environmental conditions.

GROMMET FERRULE
A part of a component or accessory used to compress the grommet and/or reduce the transmission of torque to the grommet.

GROMMET NUT
A part of a component or an accessory used to retain the grommet or grommet and follower.

GROMMET WIRE RANGE
The range of diameters of wire insulation accommodated by a grommet.

GROOVE
Slot or cavity in a connector that bears directly on the cable. Also the depression in a crimping die that holds the connector during crimping.

GROUND (GRD)
A conducting connection between an electrical circuit and the earth or other large conducting body to serve as an earth, thus making a complete electrical circuit.

GROUNDING CONDUCTOR
A conductor that provides a current path from an electrical device to ground.

GUIDE PIN
A pin or rod extending beyond the mating faces of a connector designed to guide the mating of the connector that works to ensure proper alignment and engagement of the contacts.

GUIDE SOCKET
A socket or hole in a connector designed to accept a guide pin of a mating connector and thereby position and guide the connectors during mating so as to ensure proper engagement of the contacts.

GUIDING BLOCK
A specially shaped part of a component that guides/inserts the wires into the slots and can also be used to correctly position the two halves of a connector to ensure proper mating.

GUSSET
The transition between the terminal tongue and the conductor barrel.