I am building a couple of data acquisition fixtures. I'm locating the USB daq hardware and a breadboard inside an enclosure with panel mount sockets for the external connections. Nice and clean, nothing fancy.
I had originally planned on using through hole screw terminal blocks in the breadboard to make the connections between the panel mount connectors and the data acquisition hardware.
There are some voltage dividers and other small circuits that I planned to implement on the breadboard. So the idea is:
- I would go from enclosure mounted connectors (e.g. 2mm pin female socket)
- Solder wire to the connector and connect the other end to the breadboard
- Implement basic circuitry in breadboard
- connect wires from breadboard to DAQ (DAQ hardware has screw terminal blocks for connections)
I've run into a snag where the 3.8mm leads on the terminal block aren't long enough to properly seat in the breadboard. Now I'm trying to decide how I can easily workaround this with another design, here is what I've thought of:
- Basic headers and plugs (the crimp on type that take a ribbon cable, usually)
- Header and solder wires to the header pins
- Wire wrap to something (never done it)
I'd like to avoid purchasing special tools to crimp specialized molex tpye connectors. I'm looking for a solution that will let me easily "hook up" my panel connections to my breadboard and disconnect them when I need to make changes or service something.
I'm asking the community here if you have any tricks or other suggestions?