A connector to easily and correctly join an electrical component to a printed circuit board is provided. The connector comprises a generally C-shaped electrically conductive element that provides for connection alternatively to the positive and negative terminals of a device depending on the orientation of the connector. In this way, one connector is made that can be used to alternatively satisfy connection to both positive and negative terminals and thereby simplify the construction of the element. Because of the shapes of the ends of the connector, a device can only be plugged in one way. The connector can be made from a single sheet of electrically conductive material bent generally into a “C” shape, with specific tabs and cuts made therein. The connector includes a tab that allows for quick and automated connection to a printed circuit board, and an element to prevent connectors from interlocking while in a loose and unconnected state as, during manufacturing, plating, or storage, allowing them to be added to a board using automated procedures for quick, accurate and low cost construction.
H01R 13/642 - Moyens pour empêcher, bloquer ou éviter le couplage incorrect par la position ou la forme des pièces de contact
H01R 13/03 - Contacts caractérisés par le matériau, p.ex. matériaux de plaquage ou de revêtement
H01R 13/10 - Alvéoles destinés à coopérer avec des broches ou lames
H01R 43/20 - Appareils ou procédés spécialement adaptés à la fabrication, l'assemblage, l'entretien ou la réparation de connecteurs de lignes ou de collecteurs de courant ou pour relier les conducteurs électriques pour assembler les pièces de contact avec le socle isolant, le boîtier ou le manchon ou pour les en désassembler
H01R 12/57 - Connexions fixes pour circuits imprimés rigides ou structures similaires caractérisées par les bornes bornes pour le montage en surface
A terminal block includes a first end, a second end, a top surface and a bottom surface. A first connection socket is disposed on the top surface in proximity to the first end of the terminal block. A second connection socket is disposed on the top surface in proximity to the second end of the terminal block. A thermocouple connector is disposed on the top surface and is coupled to the first connection socket and the second connection socket. In one embodiment, the thermocouple connector is a miniature type SMP thermocouple connector. In one embodiment, a system of interconnected components employs the terminal blocks at a plurality of control points. A meter is selectively coupled to the terminal blocks for measuring, sensing and collecting at least one of data and information at the plurality of control points.
A wireless transceiver includes a microprocessor for processing signals and communication circuitry coupled to the microprocessor. The communication circuitry includes input/output circuitry for receiving signals from a plurality of wireless devices over a wireless communication path, for providing the signals to the microprocessor, and for transmitting processed signals from the microprocessor to the plurality of wireless devices. The input/output circuitry of the transceiver includes a non-wireless connection coupling the wireless transceiver to a test and measurement device. The test and measurement device receives the processed signals from the microprocessor, processes the received signal and data and/or information encoded therein, and performs a predetermined response thereto.