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TE Connectivity's F-Spring Contact FASTON Terminal Combines
Low Insertion Force With High Performance

New terminals feature 35N maximum insertion force, excellent retention,
low profile, high current, wide temperature range and wide range of wire sizes

MENLO PARK, California - April 20, 2015 - TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, introduces its FASTON terminal solution made with an F-spring contact that offers improved retention, insertion, and contact-stability benefits compared with other solutions on the market. The terminal’s ergonomic features can help manufacturers provide safe and efficient assembly, which in turn results in end-product reliability and customer satisfaction. The F-spring contact FASTON terminal is suitable for large and small appliances, power tools, electric motors, air conditioning, lighting, automotive, high-temperature designs and many other applications that require long-life interconnections.

FASTONTE’s F-spring product offers a low insertion force (LIF) of less than 35N maximum, due to its leaf-spring rolls, flared lead-in, and milled surface. Located on the top and bottom surface, the leaf-spring rolls help provide high normal force in the contact areas and LIF during tab insertion. They also exhibit optimum wiping action during contact engagement. The F-spring contact FASTON terminal also has a locking dimple on a cantilevered surface that works as a safety device to maintain contact position and helps to prevent unintentional disconnection. Moreover, the new terminal offers design engineers the sought-after benefits of small size, a high operating temperature and a high current rating (20A max). Its steel-plated steel contacts are for 6.35 x 0.8mm tabs according to UL 310 and IEC 61210 Norms.

“We developed our new F-spring contact FASTON terminals to address safety and quality standards that affect a range of applications in many different markets,” said Ugo Aime, TE Connectivity product manager for FASTON terminals in EMEA. “These terminals offer our customers advantages over competitive products, such as higher retention with a tab counterpart, a greater number of mechanical and electrical contact points, tab guidance for easier insertion, and increased mechanical stability in the mated position. Plus, their small profile makes them easy to insert, especially when the mating tabs are located in difficult-to-reach areas.”

TE’s F-spring contact FASTON products are offered in straight and flag versions and are RoHS compliant.

Price: Available upon request
Availability: Now
Delivery: Nominal lead time for production orders is six to eight weeks.

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TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today's increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what's possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 80,000 people, including 7,500 design engineers, partner with customers in over 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS –

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Melanie McNulty
TE Connectivity

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Ugo Aime
TE Connectivity
(39) 011.4012281

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