iDock Series

Automatic Docking Connectors

  • Engageless frames for use with ATE to mate test adapters 
  • Ideal solution for production or manufacturing environments
  • Minimize operator interaction/ reduces the opportunity for error
  • Robust and reliable hybrid interface
  • Reliable transmission options for signal, power, high current, high voltage, coax, high speed data and fiber optic
  • Allows for consolidation of a variety of connection types into individual connector solutions
  • Can be used for automatic docking or in a reliable frame format for rack and panel applications
  • Floating bushings help to ensure a successful mate every time

Automation

After 60 years of expertise in the field of mass interconnect, VPC extended its portfolio with interface designs optimized for product test environments. The compact design of the iDock Series and the lack of an engaging mechanism, makes it ideal for high-volume product test changeover. The iDock Series is rated for 200,000 cycles.


Partial Loading

Unlike many competitors, VPC's frames can be reliably mated without every module being installed. In fact, the modules can be partially loaded and still function optimally. Using locator bosses, VPC's module position tolerance is controlled in the receiver and ITA frame to ensure proper alignment without the excessive use of guide pins.

Design for the future; fill it when you need it.


Specifications

While the load and force required will depend on the amount and type of I/O populated in the system, the interface design is based on the G12 design, a system that has been fielded and tested for more than 30 years.

Weight
  • D1
  • D3/D4
  • D12
  • D25
  •  
  • .20 lb [.09 kg]
  • .48 lb [.22 kg]
  • 1.84 lb [.83 kg]
  • 3.50 lb [1.59 kg]
Frame Material Nickel plated aluminum
Guide Pin Material Heat treated stainless steel
Floating Bushing Material Nylon
Internal Bushing Material Stainless steel
Operating Temperature -55° C to 110° C
RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU Status Compliant
REACH Article 33 Status Compliant
ECHA Article 59 of Reach Regulation Compliant

PCB Options

The iDock Series uses two standard VPC modules which accept PCB solutions. The larger interface frames use high-density 90 Series modules, while the smaller frames use iCon modules. Both module types accept PCB options that can increase signal integrity and optimize cable management.


Floating Bushings

In an automated test setting, misalignment can lead to catastrophic failure. VPC docking frames are equipped with floating bushings to provide up to .040" [1.016 mm] of radial float to compensate for alignment. The floating bushings preserve the frames and contacts during each mating cycle.

 

Hybrid I/O Options

The iDock Series frames accept modules of different I/O types. Whether testing with power, signal, RF, data, fiber, or vacuum, these modules can be inserted side-by-side. Furthermore, many VPC modules are hybrid in nature, meaning that these I/O requirements can be intermixed in the same module, lending further flexibility and diversity.


Configure Your Solution

Continue to the technical section to review part numbers for receivers, ITAs, accessories, and a variety of pre-configured modules compatible with iDock Series connectors. Check back periodically as new configurations are added.

As always, if you do not see the configuration you require, please contact a Field Application Engineer .

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D1

1-module solution, engages up to 160 signal contacts simultaneously 

D3/D4

Up to a 4-module solution, engages up to 672 signal contacts simultaneously 

D12

Up to a 12-module solution, engages up to 2,880 signal contacts simultaneously 

D25

Up to a 25-module solution, engages up to 5,952 signal contacts simultaneously