Different Metals Used in Making Electrical Contacts

There are several materials and alloys that are used in creating contact materials in electrical contacts, which are both meant to help construct electrically conductive connective materials. Here are some different alloy materials used in constructing electrical contacts.

Refractory Contacts

Refractory contacts are important in helping conduct electrical current through strategic placement in devices. The necessary conductivity and resistance help determine just what materials should be chosen for your product. The following are materials used to create refractory electrical contacts:

  • Silver tungsten
  • Silver Tungsten Carbide
  • Silver Graphite
  • Silver Tungsten Graphite Carbide
  • Copper Tungsten
Buttons

In successful electrical contacts manufacturing, buttons help your finished product be as effective as possible. The following are alloys used in the composition of creating both single buttons and multi-layer buttons:

  • Silver Cadmium Oxide
  • Silver Tin Oxide
  • Silver Nickel
  • Silver Alloy
  • Copper and Copper Alloy
  • Steel and Nickel Monel
  • Braze Alloy
Rivets

Rivets are created with the distinct purpose of extending that conductivity. The materials used and how they are constructed need to target the specific construction needs of the end-result product. The following are types of rivets that are manufactured to serve electrical contacts:

  • Construction
    • Solid
    • Multi-Layer
    • Head and Shank
      • Straight Side
      • Chamfer Side
      • Step Side
      • Indent
      • Chamfer
      • Riveted Assemblies
Surface Features and Shapes

Varied shapes serve distinct purposes for the benefit of your products. The following alloy distinctions can help make a more intuitive design that enables a more efficiency and resiliency. Here are some characteristics that can be expected:

  • Knurl and Score Lines
    • For Backing Designations
    • Projections
      • For Welding
      • Nibs
        • For Locating on the Substrate
        • Serrations
          • For Desired Performance
          • Shapes
              • Square
              • Rectangular
              • Circular
              • Washer
              • Cylindrical
              • Spherical

            There are a wide range of metals that are used in making electrical contacts. In order to create a manufacturing plan best suited to your product, it doesn’t hurt to consult with an electrical contacts manufacturer to learn more.

Electrical Contact Manufacturing- A Checon Success Story In the Midst of the Technology Revolution

Have you ever met someone with a newfangled digital camera who thinks his photos are on par with a professional photographer’s? Or what about the guy who is suddenly an architect now that he can create a layout of his house using the free software program he picked up at the big orange home center?

Technology is transforming our everyday life faster than many of us can absorb and adapt. And while it is true that such gains often allow us to perform tasks and activities previously unattainable with outcomes that make us feel like “experts”, it is also often the case that there is no equivalent for the added value that only years of experience can bring to quality and performance.

Having been in the electrical contact manufacturing business for over 55 years, Checon has seen numerous technological and market changes. We have seen both domestic and international competition come and sometimes go. We have seen sourcing trends to low labor markets with the vision of quickly and easily transferring electrical contact manufacturing to fully automated approaches actualize with very limited success. We have seen competition exit either in part or whole from the marketplace because of an unwillingness to invest in the infrastructure required to maintain OSHA compliance and protect their employees when dealing with certain electrical contact materials.

Through it all, Checon has withstood and endured the test of time by consistently growing and adding to our core technologies. Yes, embracing new technologies has positioned us at the forefront of our field. But it is our foundation- drawing on years of producing proven performance, high quality, and price competitive product offerings to the electrical device industry- that distinguishes us from our fledgling competitors.

Checon’s development of several robust and tested electrical contact materials and contact assembly processes is what defines us as a company and has set the standard for decades in electrical contact manufacturing. We could not have done it without technological advances in manufacturing, quality and electrical testing, logistics, material sourcing and communications. What sets us apart from offshoring interests is our proven experience, which when combined with the right technology, builds the best possible electrical contact for our customers’ devices.

Have you ever met a company that is an expert in what they do?

I invite you to call Checon today to learn more!