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Connector manufacturers can develop test plans to qualify extended life products. Samtec, for example, qualifies its ELP using ECIA-EIA-364-G, the “Electrical Connector/Socket Test Procedures Including Environmental Classifications” standard, and publishes its test results in the documentation section of the Samtec website. FUTURE WORK There is still more to be learned to increase mating cycles and improve resistance to corrosion

[9]. Work in materials science and mechanical engineering is ongoing in these areas, with efforts underway to increase the hardness of the nickel alloy and to experiment with different plating thicknesses and materials.

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References: [1] Fretting Over Fretting Corrosion , Samtec Blog, 2017.

[2] Wishart, Laura. DETAILED DISCUSSION OF MIL-STD-1353 (PART 1): TIN PLATING . Lectromec white paper. [3] Wishart, Laura. DETAILED DISCUSSION OF MIL-STD-1353 (PART 2): NICKEL AND GOLD PLATING . Lectromec white paper. [4] Gold Plating Thickness of Connectors - Advanced Plating Tech blog. [5] TFM/SFM - Extended Life Testing (2500 Cycles) Report, Samtec website, 2017. [6] Mixed Flowing Gas Testing Introduction and CALCE MFG Capability, CALCE Research Center, University of Maryland white paper. [7] Samtec Product Testing Guide [8] Scopelliti, Dave. Shaken Not Stirred: Vibration Testing Explained . Samtec website, 2020. [9] Boesing, Danny. Connector Plating FAQs: What’s New, Shelf Life, Corrosion, Solder Wicking , Samtec website 2022.


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