Purchasing Checklist: Molded Connectors

Checklist for Purchasing Molded Cordsets and Connectors

A guide to help ensure a successful purchase of electrical molded connectors & cordsets.

With so many options, from so many electrical connector manufacturers, it's important to keep in mind these factors before you buy.

First, look for certain product features that will help with performance and reliability.

Then, analyze the supplier and how they do business.

PRODUCT NEEDS TO CONSIDER

 Style - M12, M8, mini, distribution boxes, attachables, bus system

 Dual or Single Key

 Number of Poles

 Assembly Length

 Connectors Overmold Material

 Cable Type & Gauge

 Cable Color Options

 Coupling or Shell Options

 Custom Cable Options

 Accessories Such as Closure Caps & Adapters

 Environmental Concerns based on where connector installed

 Specific Ratings e.g. IP or NEMA

 3rd Party Specifications (UL, CSA, RoHS)

 Private Labeling or Kitting

SUPPLIER CAPABILITIES TO CONSIDER

 Product Made in USA

 Live Factory Customer Support Staff

 Stock Status of Standard Products

 Lead Times on Standard Products

 Willing to Break Box Quantities

 Minimum Order Quantities

 Return Policies

 Local Customer Support

 Customization

 ISO Certification

 Project Quotations Available

 Offers Private Labeling or Kitting




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