Notes on Cable Crimp Terminals
Cable crimping terminals are an essential component in electrical wiring and cable management systems. They provide a secure connection between wires and devices, also ensure the reliability and safety of electrical systems.
Below, we list the commonly used types of cable crimping terminals:
Faston (aka Quick Female Disconnect Terminal): These terminals are designed to be quickly and easily disconnected and reconnected without the need for tools. They have a small, flat blade that fits into a slotted receptacle, making them ideal for use in applications where frequent connections and disconnections are needed.
Male Terminal: Male terminals are designed to fit into female connectors or receptacles. They have a small, protruding pin or blade that is inserted into the female connector to create a secure connection.
Wire Pin: Small, cylindrical connectors that are used to connect wires to devices or other wires. They have a flat end that is inserted into a receptacle, and a wire is then attached to the other end using a wire crimping tool.
Piggyback: Piggy-tail terminals are designed to connect two wires together. They have two wire-crimping ends, one for each wire, and are commonly used to create a splice or connection between two wires.
Ring Terminals: Circular connectors that are used to connect wires to devices or other wires. They have a small, circular opening that is designed to fit around a screw or bolt, and a wire is attached to the other end using a wire crimping tool.
Spade Terminals (aka Fork Terminals): Consists of a single wire with a flat, spade-shaped connector on the end. These single conductor connectors are made to connect with a predefined screw size or female quick connects.
Flag Terminals: Consists of a single wire with a flag-shaped connector on the end. They are used to connect wires to other wires or components and are commonly found in automotive wiring.
The listed terminals above can either be manufactured with insulation or not.
Basically, insulated terminals have a layer of insulation around the wire-crimping end, which helps to prevent electrical shock and protect against short circuits. Uninsulated terminals do not have this layer of insulation, and are generally used in low-voltage or low-current applications where insulation is not required.