When Bulgin’s team was asked in January 2016 if it would be possible to mould the EEPROM device into the connector without causing any damage to the electronics, they first embarked upon a feasibility study to determine whether any issues could arise from moulding the device into the connector. Throughout this process, the team identified and assessed the risks and potential problems that could arise as a result of the integration. After rigorous tests, Bulgin sent some trial prototypes for field-testing.
Widely recognised as a leading manufacturer of environmentally sealed connectors and components, Bulgin has a long history of developing innovative products and services to cater for its global customer base across a variety of markets. Bulgin’s popular Buccaneer circular connector range is well known in the industry for providing reliable, robust connections for power, signal and data in challenging environments.
The ultimate result of this collaboration is that users of the Agricultural system can easily pair up each sensor to the correct connector on the harness, eliminating the possibility of misuse or incorrect cables plugged into sensors on the fields. While the connectors were in the testing phase, Bulgin designed a test box that could be plugged into a computer to check the status of the connectors and determine if the EEPROM was connected and wired correctly.
Changing Agricultural Practices for the Better
The intelligent connector project enabled a way to develop and deliver a solution in a cost-effective way – which has ultimately proven to be beneficial to their clients .
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