Wire Wrap Sockets

Written by Rylee Newton
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Wire wrapping is a method for installing integrated circuit chips onto a printed circuit board. This method of application is one of the alternatives to soldering sockets and other packages to the PCB. This option is ideal for people who want to build their own circuit boards, and is also used for a number of professional applications as well. You can invest in wire wrap sockets for most digital chips, and you can also find conversion sockets for surface mount packages as well.

When installing wire wrap sockets it's important to follow the directions carefully. When dealing with electrical current and electronic devices, it's important to always use the right tools. You can install these sockets using manual tools or electrical tools like power wrap guns. You will also need to invest in stripping tools for making proper contact points.

Selecting Your Wire Wrap Connection

There are two different types of wire wrap sockets or connections. You can either choose "regular" or "modified" connections. The "regular" connection features a wire that is uninsulated, and wrapped around the terminal of the PCB. The "modified" connection features wire that is insulated, and wrapped around the terminal one and a-half times. When you use a modified wire you increase the overall resistance to vibration and distortion, and you also increase the electrical stability of the unit as a whole.

Both wrap types provide the same electrical connection. When deciding on which style is right for you, the main consideration is the size of the wire being used. When working with systems with lower levels of signal strength, the "modified" type works nicely to stabilize the system. The "standard" wire type is more often seen in applications where the wire is 24 AWG or larger.

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