As the demand for higher density in electronic equipment increases, the use of Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) or Flexible Printed Circuits (FPC) to reduce size, weight and assembly has expanded. Westek Electronics provide pin and socket headers as a part of their range of connectors and connection systems suitable for printed circuit boards.
ZIF connectors are getting more and more common in applications, where, for example, a connection to a small display (screen) or keyboard is required. ZIF connectors have been developed to meet a combination of requirements such as low profile, light-weight, secure yet easily removable connections.
ZIF connectors are used for attaching wires to PCBs. The wires, formed into a ribbon cable, are pre-stripped and the bare ends inserted into the connector. The two sliding parts of the connector are then pushed together, causing the wires to be gripped. The main advantage of this system is that it does not require a mating half to be fitted to the wire ends: it’s a one connector solution.