Connectors 101

Connectors 101

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
There are 23 names in this directory beginning with the letter W.
Watertight Cable
A cable that contains internal water blocking compounds.

Wave Soldering
A process in which items to be soldered are brought in contact with a gently overflowing wave of liquid solder that is circulated by a pump in an appropriately designed solder pot reservoir.

Welded Connection
A connection made by welding.

Wetting
The formation of a relatively uniform, smooth, unbroken and adherent film of solder to a base material.

Wicking
Movement of liquid solder along a metallic surface by capillary action.

Wiping Action
Action of two electrical contacts that come in contact by their contact surfaces sliding against each other.

Wire Barrel
See BARREL, CONDUCTOR

Wire Extraction Tool (IDC)
A device for extracting the wire(s) from the insulation displacement termination.

Wire Insertion Tool
A hand or power operated tool for producing an insulation displacement connection by inserting the wire(s) in a controlled manner to a predetermined position in the slot(s).

Wire Range
The sizes of conductors accommodated by a particular wire barrel. Also the diameters of wires or cables accommodated by a sealing grommet.

Wire Seal
An elastomeric grommet on the rear of a connector that seals around each wire to preclude the entrance of water or moisture.

Wire Size
A numerical designation for a conductor, usually expressed in terms of American Wire Gauge (AWG), based on the approximate circular mil area of the conductor.

Wire Stop
A stop at the end of a terminal wire barrel that prevents wire from passing completely through the barrel in such a way as to interfere with the function of the contact.

Wire Wrap
A brand name for a system involving connecting bare solid wire to a square pin for a connection, by wrapping the wire around the sharp edges of the pin. Also known as solderless wrap.

Wiring
A network of conducting elements, usually discrete insulated wires that form a part or parts of an electrical system. The conducting elements are generally but not exclusively terminated in an electrical connector device.

Withdrawal Force
The force required to fully withdraw a set of mating components without the effect of a coupling, locking or similar device.

Work Curve
A graph that plots the pull out force, indent force, and relative conductance of a crimp joint as a function of various depths of crimping.

Working Voltage
Maximum voltage at which a connector is rated to operate. Also see (SERVICE RATING).

Wrap Contact
A contact designed to accept a wrapped connection.

Wrap Post
A termination post that accepts a wrapped connection.

Wrap Removal Tool
A tool to remove a wrapped connection by unwrapping.

Wrapped Connection
A connection achieved by wrapping a solid conductor around a post.

Wrapping Tool
A tool used to make a wrapped connection.