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Can someone please help me to understand what type of connector is the below :

  1. How do we classify this 99S12D-40MA5-y connector which is on page 33 in the Catalog document?

Do we call it as a contact type, male or female connector header or something else? I understand that it is not contact type since I have seen images of contact type connectors (connectors which don't have a locking mechanism). Can someone tell me what type of connector is that?

  1. Can someone tell me also what type of connector is this? What do they mean when they call the Gender of this connector as PLUG and what does the 40M signify? Please help to understand.
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To me, a plug has male contacts (pins).

In the specification table for that connector, the "Backend type" line indicates that "40M" is the manufacturer's code for that style of PCB-mounting connector.

Somewhere in the catalog there may be a description of how the connector part number is created - what all the bits of the number mean.

I don't understand what you mean by "contact connector" - that's not a term I have ever seen.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for the answer. Could you please tell me on what type can we call the above 2 connectors - Male/Female/others? And this is what I found on contact connector -google.com/… \$\endgroup\$ – Newbie Feb 24 at 5:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Newbie: the manufacturer calls it a plug - to me, that means it has male contacts. Many of the connectors on that google page are made by a company called "Phoenix Contact", so the picture captions say "Phoenix Contact connectors - the illustrated connectors are not "contact connectors" - they are just connectors made by Phoenix Contact. Any connector has contacts but that doesn't make them "contact connectors". \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Bennett Feb 24 at 6:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Newbie: Many connectors will be described as "[something]-contact connector" where [something] describes the type of contact. Just plain "contact connector" is meaningless. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Bennett Feb 24 at 6:24

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