Rising raw materials costs, weight and freight charges in addition to environmental compliance issues involved in developing high-reliability products have challenged product makers as much as component suppliers. Regardless of the industries where these products are used - consumer appliances, industrial or lighting - customers are asking for smaller, lighter, more economical electronic and electrical content in their application systems or sub-systems. EdgeMate connectors are designed to help reduce cost by eliminating the need for mating headers in a wire-to-edge card. The hallmark feature of EdgeMate connectors is its highly robust locking mechanism, which enables the mated (and wired) assembly to withstand high-vibration or shock operating conditions. Added electrical reliability is achieved with the crimp terminal, known for its cantilever beam and dual-contact-point design for high normal-force and current-carrying capacity.