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What You Need to Know about Plating for Electronic Connector Pins and Contacts

Posted by bead electronics on Nov 20, 2020 11:41:43 AM

Choosing the right material for contact plating is critical for ensuring durability, conductivity, and resistance to corrosion to meet your connector needs. We have created an overview of common plating options for electronic connector pins and contacts. Read below to learn about various coating metals and their various applications. 

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What is IATF Automotive Quality Certification and Why is it Important?

Posted by bead electronics on Oct 29, 2020 11:32:44 AM


IATF Certification is an important factor when considering automotive parts manufacturers. IATF Certification 16949 is the standard for Automotive Quality Management Solutions (QMS). To meet this criteria, a company must pass many stringent requirements and several audits. Benefits include continually improved processes and consequent reduced costs, global recognition as a reputable supplier, greater customer satisfaction, defect prevention and more (

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The Benefits of Overmolded Electrical Connectors for Medical Manufacturing

Posted by bead electronics on Sep 29, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Overmolding, also known as injection molding or insert molding, is an important process employed in electronic connectors used in medical manufacturing.


Overmolding is a process where a single part is created using two or more different materials in combination.  The first material (the substrate) is partially or fully covered by subsequent materials (overmold materials) during the manufacturing process. This unique injection molding process that results in a seamless combination of multiple materials into a single part or product. Overmolding allows the wire and connector to be combined, enhancing the assembly features.  Similarly, molding over metal inserts creates an interface that provides value electrically and mechanically.


There are a number of benefits to overmolding when it comes to the electronic connectors used in healthcare device manufacturing. We’ll discuss some below.

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Lowering Automotive Manufacturing Costs without Sacrificing Performance

Posted by bead electronics on Aug 21, 2020 11:42:11 AM

Recycling scrap metal is seen as a good thing to do. However, isn't it better though not to create scrap in the first place? That is the best approach for producing contact pins. A combination of efficient manufacturing processes, automated inspection, and standardized working practices minimizes waste and drives down costs. It's good for the environment too! Here's how it's done.

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The Production Part Approval Process for Automotive

Posted by bead electronics on Jul 28, 2020 11:23:14 AM

Every vehicle coming off an assembly line today carries some 150 pounds of electrical wiring. That’s a lot of connectors and contact pins, and they’re all expected to work flawlessly for years. How does Bead Electronics ensure custom interconnect pins for automotive applications aren’t responsible for a failure? By following PPAP procedures.

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