[sdiy] DIP header/ribbon cable assemblies

Doug Jackson doug at doughq.com
Fri Jun 5 00:34:12 CEST 2020

I used to use a commercial press as well.  It had plates that were drilled
to protect the pins and pressed a rubber faced pressure plate down.

Worked every time.

Now when I try pliers it never works.

The pressure has to be uniform.

On Fri, 5 Jun. 2020, 7:39 am Steve Lenham, <steve at bendentech.co.uk> wrote:

> On 04/06/2020 21:12, gm wrote:
> > Hello-
> > I have to make about ten ribbon cable connectors with .6" 28 pin DIP
> > headers on either end.
> > I've tried using and IDC crimping tool with less than stellar results.
> > Is there a device or technique for doing this that can give reliable
> > results?
> > Thanks.
> > ~GMM
> You don't specify what is unsatisfactory with the results from the crimp
> tool, so we don't know what needs to be improved upon, but I've always
> had acceptable results from a very basic technique: I put the pins of
> the DIP header into two stacked pieces of stripboard (US: perfboard) to
> protect them, then crimp the resulting sandwich in a small bench vice
> (US: vise) as if it were a normal IDC socket. Squeeze it up just a
> little, double-check that the ribbon is at right-angles, then finish the
> job.
> I'd love a proper bench press to do this, but they do not do anything
> very different - they just help a bit more with the alignment of the
> parts. I can't justify one for the little use it would get, but the
> Thomas & Betts/Ansley ones are worth looking out for.
> Cheers,
> Steve L.
> Benden Sound Technology
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