Swage Assembly is a method of mechanically fixing pin terminals to a circuit board, similar to fixing a rivet. Turret Connectors (also known as Turret Swage Terminals) are often used for connections between heavy-duty/high gauge cables and a circuit board. So, how do you swage a turret connector to your circuit board?
It is common to use a punch or a Staking Tool with a manual or automatic press, depending on the part size and pressing capacity.
Below are the basic steps for swaging.
- The terminal is supported under the shoulder as it sits in the anvil.
- The hollow shank of the terminal is passed through the board hole.
- The swage punch forming tool is driven into the hole of the terminal, flaring out and compressing the protruding material to secure the terminal to the circuit board.
- After installation on a board with plated through-holes and/ or pads, the terminal is typically soldered to provide a reliable electrical and mechanical connection.