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Color Coded Connectors

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  1. Color CodedConnectors Urgent Need: Standardized Method to Rapidly Identify High Frequency Coaxial Connectors

  2. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Difficulty in distinguishing between coaxial connector types results in: • Damaged equipment • Degraded equipment reliability • Degraded performance • Degraded mission readiness • Increasing maintenance time / maintenance actions. • Previously damaged connectors cause damage to mating connectors they are mated with. • Metal particles from connector threads can lodge themselves on or between conduction surfaces. • Damaged connectors need to be discarded to avoid propagation of damage.

  3. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Why color code? • Just because connectors can mechanically mate together doesn't mean they have the same frequency capabilities. • Difficulty in distinguishing between different coaxial connector types due to the design of high frequency connectors - Resulting in serious risk of damaged equipment, degraded equipment reliability, degraded performance, reduced mission readiness, and lost efficiency.

  4. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Sloted Connectors: Slotless Connectors:

  5. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Damaged Connectors

  6. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Why is this important? Why is this important? A few things to consider: • Greater Confidence in Connector Identification? • Savings in labor and training costs? • Cost savings (if any) might continue to increase as the use of higher frequencies become more popular? • Efficiency, Reliability and Readiness Improved? • Improved mission readiness? • Improved personnel safety? (i.e. Aircraft Radar etc.) • Simplified writing of procedures involving connectors?

  7. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Connectors Identified and Colors Chosen: • Black - 0 = 18 GHz - N Type connector • Brown - 1 = 18 GHz - SMA connector • Red - 2 = 20.0 GHz - Precision N Type connector • Orange - 3 = 26.5 GHz - 3.5MM connector • Yellow - 4 = 40 GHz - 2.92mm (K connector ) • Green - 5 = 50 GHz - 2.4mm connector • Blue - 6 = 67 GHz - 1.85mm ( V connector ) • Violet - 7 = 18 GHz - GPC-7 connector • Gray - 8 = < Reserved for future use> • White - 9 = 110 GHz - 1.0mm ( W connector )

  8. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Color Coded Connector Adapter, 2.92mm(K) to 2.4mm KEY: Yellow = 2.29mm K connector Green = 2.4mm connector Connectors can be difficult to distinguish without the addition of color

  9. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification What has been done? • IEEE Coaxial Connector Rapid ID Working Group established June 2008 • Proposed Color Code Schema Developed. Aug 2008 • IEEE Project Authorization Request P1802 submitted for review January 2009 & approved May 2009.

  10. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Contact Information: John Bies Senior Engineer, Contractor, Analytical Services Inc. CALSETS, TMDE Product Management Office Bldg 3651 Army TACMS Road Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35898 Office: 256-955-6869 Cell: 256-508-0632 Fax: 256-876-9907 E-mail: John.bies@us.army.mil

  11. High Frequency Coaxial Connector Rapid Identification Website: Microwaves101.com http://microwaves101.com/encyclopedia/Connector_color_code.cfm