APP® connectors are designed to achieve the highest levels of durability, reliability, and performance as shown on the connector data sheets. Crimp tooling is a critical link between the designed performance of an APP® connector and the realization of that performance by our customers.
As part of the connector design and testing process, APP® recommends a limited number of crimp solutions that have proven to deliver the intended connector performance in a process that is repeatable. Only these solutions tested by APP® are listed in the conditions of acceptability from safety agencies such as UL, CSA, and TUV.
Use of tooling solutions not tested by APP® can affect not only performance but safety agency approvals. Problems attributable to use of tools not recommended by APP® include:
Electrical and Thermal
- High electrical resistance
- Failure to realize designed current and voltage carrying capability
- Melting of connector housings
- Contacts not able to fit inside connector housings.
- Contacts not seated properly in connector housings causing: shorts, intermittent circuits, abnormally high or low mating and unmating force, & low retention force of the contact in the housing.
**NOTE: Tooling information for specific products can be found on the product data sheets.