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Types Of Wire Harness Connectors

Wiring harness connectors come in an array of sizes, shapes, and materials in order to produce the best results in a given application. Our cable engineers utilize different wiring harness types in custom wiring harnesses every day to perfect their designs in terms of continuity, integrity, and safety. 

Wire harnesses provide both protection and organization for a cable assembly. Outside forces like abrasion, extreme temperatures, moisture, dust, and more, all bombard a cable assembly and can work to degrade components over time. Wire harnesses provide protection against these forces and are specifically engineered for whatever environment the application happens to be. Wire harness connectors, as part of this system, are the bridge for providing a consistent flow of data, signal, or power.  

There are essentially two main types of wire or cable harness connectors—male and female.  Male and female wire harness connectors serve to provide the necessary junctions between the many different elements of the wire harness to produce an efficient transmission of data, signal, or power through the system. In simplistic terms, plugs are usually male connectors and jacks are female wire harness connectors. 

Connectors come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and dimensions in order to fit perfectly within the electrical system they need to support. From cutting edge medical devices to complex industrial control systems, the humble wire harness connector makes these marvels of modern technology possible. 

Types Of Wire Harness Connectors

When our wiring engineers set to work designing the perfect custom harnesses, the types of connectors they use are based on a variety of factors such as the types of connections present, what type of insulation is needed, and what kind of power and signal contacts there are. Different configurations within the wiring harness itself can dictate the need for one connector over another. There’s wire-to-wire configurations, board-to-board, and different combinations therein to consider. 

KINKONG team will typically utilize standard connector designs with either a 2-pin, 3-pin, or 4-pin setup. A host of data sets are used to find the perfect connector design to meet the needs of the system, as well as fit within the client’s budget and time horizon. Effectively bringing efficient design, manufacturing, and logistics together in one cohesive package is the mark of a great custom wire harness manufacturer

Variables we plan for with each production run include:

The rating of the current.

The density and/or size of the circuit.

How much engagement force is required.

The gauge and length of individual wires.

The voltage required. 

Any certifications required.

How much each component costs.

Lead times to bring it all together.

What are the 3 types of connectors?

Electrical connectors are classified into three types based on their termination ends: board-to-board connectors, cable/wire-to-cable/wire electrical connectors are classified into three types based on their termination ends: board-to-board connectors, cable/wire-to-cable/wire connectors, and cable/wire-to-board connectors.

What are the different type of wire connectors?

There are butt connectors, wire tap connectors, T-tap connectors, splice connectors, and heat shrink connectors.

What is an automotive connector?

Automotive connectors are components that provide signal connections and power transmission for vehicles. It makes connections between wire harnesses or between wire harnesses and electrical components. A set of automotive connectors consists of terminals, housing, insulation and other accessories.

How many connectors does a car have?

There are an average of 274 connectors in a car.

What types of wires are used in automobiles?

The most typical types of wire used in most automotive applications are automotive cross-link and automotive primary wire. Universal high-temperature automotive wire is ideal for under-the-hood automotive wiring applications in difficult-to-install areas.

What are the different types of automotive electrical connectors?

Automotive Terminals.


Crimp Wire Pins, Tabs & Ferrules.

Foil Terminals.

Interconnect Devices.

Knife Disconnects.

Magnet Wire Terminals.

PCB Terminals.

What are the three types of wiring used in the automotive industry?

There are three basic types of _XL wire that may be used in the automotive field today: TXL, GXL and SXL. Each has essentially the same number of copper strands, but the main difference is the thickness of the insulation; TXL has the thinnest insulation and SXL has the thickest insulation.

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