(Topic ID: 53627)

Where to buy .100 IDC Connectors?


By smileymatthew

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    Bought a bunch of these from pinbits back in the day, but they always show them as sold out. These are very handy for on the go repairs for the Bally/Stern stuff as well as the WPC switch matrix.

    Thanks!

    #2 6 years ago

    The two places I know of that sell them are Heilind.com and onlinecomponents.com. The part numbers are like:

    CT100F22-9 (pass through)
    CE100F22-9 (closed end)

    #3 6 years ago

    http://www.greatplainselectronics.com/Category-70.asp

    Ed has them and if very knowledgeable in Pinball.

    #4 6 years ago
    Quoted from Patofnaud:

    http://www.greatplainselectronics.com/Category-70.asp

    Ed has them and if very knowledgeable in Pinball.

    I believe Ed only carries crimp-style connectors, not IDC.

    #5 6 years ago
    Quoted from NM:

    I believe Ed only carries crimp-style connectors, not IDC.

    As Ed says:

    "IDC's are used to cut down on labor time and are not known for reliability. Discrete crimps are far more reliable but require more labor time."

    Probably the reason he doesn't stock 'em.

    viperrwk

    #6 6 years ago

    Yep yep.

    I just did a Gottlieb System 80 and swapped the IDC for crimp, used the same connector no problemo. Same for System 7 Williams.

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from viperrwk:

    As Ed says:

    "IDC's are used to cut down on labor time and are not known for reliability. Discrete crimps are far more reliable but require more labor time."

    Probably the reason he doesn't stock 'em.

    viperrwk

    That's not a theory shared by one of the greatest tech minds in pinball (Martin Reynolds of Pinbits):

    http://www.iobium.com/wpc_idc_connectors.htm

    That said, Ed is also a pin genius...and a heck of a nice person (just like Martin--and Pam).

    Perhaps in the end, it just boils down to personal preference--and if a completely stock appearance is important to you or not.

    #8 6 years ago
    Quoted from NM:

    and if a completely stock appearance is important to you or not.

    On the Gottliebs with the .156 IDC connectors, you can use crimp and still bend the wire to the side strain relief and 'look' original.

    #9 6 years ago

    I think these guys have what you are looking for:

    http://www.bigdaddy-enterprises.com/

    Look for the connectors links on the left side of the page.

    #10 6 years ago

    At my -real- job, I design high reliability equipment. Anything IDC is an absolute no-no -- with ribbon cables being the only exception and only if they have strain relief's installed.

    IDC's were designed for one reason - fast assembly time which equals lower assembly cost. One failure method not covered often is the fact that many people pull these connectors off the boards by the wires -- they rip the wiring out of the back of the IDC plugs. Yes, it can happen to discrete crimp contacts but not as easily. The Pancon 12-amp IDC's have one nasty problem - due to the nature of thermal expansion and how the wires are attached - they derate VERY rapidly at temperatures above 75 degees C.

    But - if high current is the requirement then neither IDC nor trifurcon crimp contacts are the answer. For high current, go with box contacts. Molex makes their MarKK series contacts (part number 45570-3050) are rated up to 13-amps and fit within their popular 41695 series 0.156" plugs. These contacts also derate in current value starting at 75C and at a MUCH lower rate.

    #11 6 years ago

    So Ed, when are you going to start carrying 13A MARKK pins for Bally GI connectors on the bulk supply?

    #12 6 years ago

    I get my connectors from Bob Roberts. They're the crimp style though.

    http://www.therealbobroberts.net/conectas.html

    #13 6 years ago

    great inside ed

    what's the proper way to remove IDC connectors which are particularly tight?

    #14 6 years ago

    I researched this inside and out and the conclusion I came to was in a home environment, unless your games are on all the time, IDC works just fine. I could see crimping if you were playing your games constantly, but most people turn their games on once every few days maybe? As stated aove its a personal preference really.

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