The engagement force of a connector contact is an indicator of whether a good electrical connection is made. This test examines the contact engagement forces. For female type connectors, each socket is tested individually by using a male connector with only one pin installed in the appropriate position to mate with the socket under test. The force required during insertion and removal is measured and recorded as the male and female connectors are combined. Similar to female connectors, for male type connectors each pin is tested individually.
Test parameters that can be adjusted include but are not limited to:
- Sample preconditioning
- Electrical load on contact