Expertise: The path to quality
Piet van Dijk is a recognized expert in the field of contact and connector
design. He holds many patents and has published and
presented many papers on the subject of connector design, contact physics,
connector mechanics and tribology.
He has acted in several consulting roles
and solved and prevented problems with many electrical contacts, thus improving
the quality and reliability of the products of OEM's (Original Equipment
Manufacturers) as well as connector manufacturers.
Piet van Dijk is a honorary member of the advisory board of the IEEE-ICEC Conference, member of VDE (Verband Deutsche Elektrotechniker) in Germany, a member of the KIVI (the Royal Institute of Professional Engineers) and of the "Bond van Materialenkennis" (Dutch National Organisation for Material Science).
- Experienced in product
and manufacturing development
- Experienced investigator
- Good overview
- Inventive mind
- Experienced in
presenting and publishing
- Experienced in
organizing and chairing international meetings
- High standard of
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering obtained
at the Technical University of Eindhoven in
Faculty: Mechanical Engineering.
Title: Ir. (equivalent to M.Sc.).
Piet van Dijk worked with AMP-Holland and
AMP Inc. from 1973 to 1999 in following positions:
- AMP-Consultant Connector
- Principal Engineer
Contact Physics 1989-1993
- Manager Advanced
Development Group 1983-1989
- Senior Development
- Development Engineer
His previous activities as an AMP-Consultant:
- Consulting in connector
design, which resulted in shorter design times, and in designs that are
more reliable and more suitable to manufacture.
- Leading the laboratory
for contact physics and mechanics of the Applied Technology Group at the European
Development Centre in AMP Holland. This laboratory is recognised for its
self built and unique instrumentation to study the mechanical, electrical
and tribological behavior of electrical contacts.
- Product and production
method development of the Fleximatch elastomeric connector system for
extremely high density applications. The design of this connector is
unique in that it consists of gold over nickel plated conductors on 7 mil
(0.17 mm) center lines embedded in a matrix of thermoplastic elastomeric
material. Over one million pieces of this connector has been produced and
sold to various customers over a number of years.
- Teaching courses, presenting and
publishing on connector design, and particularly contact physics.
Publication of 3 HOLM/ICEC international conference papers, some papers at
German conferences, presented in German, and several papers in Dutch
seminars and journals. Teaching contact physics courses for many AMP
customers, for Telebras Research in Brasil, and AMP internal courses in
contact physics, contact mechanics and spring design.