World leader in chemical etching

Electrical connectors and electronic contacts & connectors

Electronic or electrical contacts and connectors are simply conductive metal bridges between two electrical points to complete a circuit

As the demand for smaller electronic devices increase, so does the need for precision connectors and contacts. Our technology, chemical etching efficiencies and expertise ensure the manufacture of exceptionally accurate pieces to be reliably replicated within very short lead-times.

Photofab have worked closely with leading OEM’s for many years and understand the importance of quality, precision and consistent manufacture of electrical contacts and connectors. Supplying key industries like telecoms, medical, electronics, automotive and aerospace.

Electrical contacts & connectors – the benefits of etching

  • No Burrs
  • Low Cost Tooling Costs
  • Accurate Parts
  • Prototype of a production made part
  • Cost-effective high-volume production

Photofab can supply formed, heat treated and plated electrical contacts and connectors. We have an extensive stock of universal tooling to form components saving on any additional hard tooling costs. This allows new product development at relatively low-cost and very little commercial risk.

For prototype, low & high-volume electrical contacts and connectors with optimum precision, short lead-times and cost-effective production, trust Photofab to deliver.

Main Benefits of Chemical Milling

  • High accuracy
  • Industry leading lead times from concept to finished components
  • Customised parts – you design it – we make it! (Guidelines available)
  • Complete manufacture, blank, form, heat treatment and plating
  • Cost effective prototypes
  • Nearly 50 years’ experience in the prototype and development of contacts for the connector industry
  • Burr free & Stress free manufacturing method
  • Prototypes – fast turnaround to meet your needs
  • High volume capabilities
  • Various surface finishes available

Photofab can manufacture in various materials suitable for contacts, Beryllium Copper, Phosphor Bronze, Carbon Spring Steel, Stainless Steel, Mild Steel and many more.

Why work with Photofab?

We are world leaders in the development of photochemical technology to produce intricately shaped components. We have produced over 70,000 different components. We are known and trusted by many leading OEM’s, many of which retain long-term partnerships.

Customer service excellence as standard

  • Dedicated account managers
  • Quotes turned around within 24 hours
  • Expert technical advice
  • Rapid product turnaround and delivery

In addition, Photofab offer a full outsourcing manufacturing service, from design to assembly, producing washers to complex formed springs and screening cans. We can also offer formed, heat treated, and plated parts as required.

If you would like to discuss your electrical contact and connector requirements, please call us on 01480 226699, email us at sales@photofab.co.uk or complete our contact form.

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