SKEDD is a logical and consistent development of a technology that has been known for over 40 years: press-fit technology. Unlike ordinary press-fit technology, however, SKEDD is a plug connection. The main difference between a press-fit and a plug connection is:
- With a press-fit connection the high forces involved in the connecting process create a gas-tight connection between the contact surfaces. The hole geometry of the PCB then adapts itself around the contact.
- With a plug connection, however, the surfaces to be joined are pressed together with a sufficient force for good contact (the normal contact force) but without an intermetallic bond being formed. Accordingly, the contact geometry of the connector adapts to the hole in the PCB.
It is known that a press-in connection is electrically sound when the connecting angle of a corner of the contact pin is at least 3°. To ensure that this requirement is also met with an plug connection, it is important to create a reliable 4-sided connection with sufficiently high contact pressure. The patented SKEDD contact creates the same four-way contact principle as occurs with a press-in contact and thus guarantees a reliable electrical connection.
SKEDD honoured as a finalist for the Innovation Award of the German Economy in 2014 – First Innovation award of the World®
As one of the 16 companies Würth Elektronik ICS GmbH & Co. KG was nominated with its innovation „SKEDD“ for the oldest innovation award in the world. In the category of middle-sized companies Würth Elektronik ICS GmbH & Co. KG was honoured as a finalist.
A scientific committee with representatives from industry and science examined all in all 320 submitted applications.