Smiths Interconnect flies high on F-35 aircraft


All military programmes are valuable contracts to secure as they are typically long-term commitments that will generate stable future revenue for the businesses. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (previously known as Joint Strike Fighter/JSF) programme falls into this category, dating back to the late 1990s when the need for a 5th Generation aircraft began to evolve.

The F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that represent a quantum leap in air dominance capabilities. It is the first 5th generation multi role aircraft to reach service, offering significant updates over previous generation jets. Intended to perform superior air dominance, F-35 are also able to provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. Integration and interoperability between allies have also been a key driver in the technology development.

Smiths Interconnect has been involved in the programme for more than 20 years, supplying hundreds of different interconnect devices including high reliability technologies, from RF components and high-speed/power/density/filtered connectors to integrated microwave assemblies.

“We proudly supply different connectivity solutions to different customers that are destined for use in the F-35 aircraft,” said Paul Harris, President at Smiths Interconnect. “Our products and technologies are renowned to ensure the performance, reliability, safety and productivity that are paramount in this most advanced multi-role fighter in the world”.

Smiths Interconnect’s connectivity solutions for the F-35 aircraft include:
 High power circulators embedding used on the Communications, Navigation, and Identification (CNI) system and integrated microwave assemblies used on the Electronic Warfare (EW) system, both embedding TRAK technology
 Power connectors with Hypertac hyperboloid contacts used on aircraft power systems
 Custom interposers with IDI spring probes used on the radar system
 High reliability attenuators with EMC technology also used on the radar system
 Discrete filters embedding Lorch technology and used on the CNI system
 EMI/EMP filtered connectors with Sabritec technology used in power distribution, power panels and battery chargers

In addition to the above, Reflex Photonics, which was recently acquired by Smiths Interconnect and complements its product offering with the addition of core fibre optic capabilities, is developing optical transceivers for use in the programme.

Digital services save time in design 2D/3D CAD data, data sheets, type sheets and certificates are available


Efficient data management in engineering can help save time and money during the design phase. New digital services are now available to simplify the data management of HARTING products and solutions.

Behind every electrical engineering project are many individual components and a wide range of data: 2D/3D CAD data, data sheets, type sheets and certificates are all part of the documentation trail. “Comparatively more time is spent on article research and the collection, conversion and storage of related documents than on the design itself,” says Andreas Wedel, Director of Digital Transformation at the HARTING Technology Group. That is why he and his team are working on new functions that will improve the data management for HARTING’s products and solutions.

Wish lists and digital notes in the online catalogue

“Many of our customers still use the old HARTING catalogues, not so much out of nostalgia, but because they are full of notes and bookmarks,” explains Wedel. “We wanted to make this practical way of working also possible in our online catalogue.” The option to add items to your own wish list has been available in the HARTING eShop for a long time. Thanks to a new update, it is now possible to add text notes to individual HARTING articles. These notes can be managed and filtered via the myHARTING customer portal.





Saving time with data packets

Additional functions are aimed at the rapid provision of product data and documents that are necessary for electrical design. The design data, data sheets and type sheets for all individual components often add up to hundreds of documents. Previously, these had to be downloaded from the provider (including HARTING) in individual steps. Using the new data manager, product data for up to 50 HARTING articles can now be obtained in a single step from the HARTING website as a collected data packet.

50 different 2D/3D data formats for direct download

Up until now, HARTING has provided design data for its products in STEP and JT formats. In practice, however, significantly more formats are used. Therefore, many HARTING customers still had to convert the data into their desired format. With the new MultiCAD download function, native 2D/3D CAD data is now available for download in over 50 different formats. This means that HARTING articles can be processed immediately in the desired data format for design purposes. This MultiCAD function is currently available for over 13,000 items in the HARTING online catalogue.

Customer portal offers many options

This new functionality can be found in the myHARTING customer portal, which already provides many e-commerce services. “Anyone who is professionally involved with our products and solutions can easily register and use all the services at myHARTING free of charge,” explains Andreas Wedel.

Lemco, how to Choose a Screw-Machined Parts Supplier for Mil/Aero Product Development


Interesting article from our Associate member LEMCO regarding reliable, screw-machined parts that help ensure the optimal operation of connectors employed in mission-critical applications. It’s important to select a supplier that understands the unique requirements of this market.

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New: ODU MINI-SNAP® for SPE / Automotive Ethernet


The ODU MINI-SNAP® SPE enables Ethernet connection via a single twisted-pair of copper cables, with voltage supply of terminal devices via PoDL [Power over Data Line].

The simpler design of this new generation of connectors gives both weight and space reductions for designers and developers.

SPE standards:

  • 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bp)
  • 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bw)
  • 10BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3cq)

Maximum bridgeable distances of the standards vary between 15.40 & 1,000 metres.

SPE is being introduced into new automotive designs, replacing CAN and other bus systems. In future, communication, control & security functions will be managed uniformly via Ethernet.

The field of industrial automation is also keen to benefit from this, with SPE allowing the barrier-free connection of devices, sensor & actuator technology and a great deal more.

SPE is available for the ODU MINI-SNAP® series L / K and for the ODU-MAC® series.


  • Limits with unshielded cables according to OPEN ALLIANCE
  • Limits with shielded cables according to IEC 63171-6
  • 1 Gbps up to 15m
  • Up to IP68
  • 5,000 mating cycles
  • Push-Pull locking
  • Cable assembly: various lengths and over-moulded varieties


binder Reliable EMC with 360° shielding: M8 cable connectors for sensitive applications


A new type of M8 circular connector expands the binder portfolio

Industry knowledge and experience in industrial circular connectors are both recognized hallmarks of binder. The company operates in many fields of application thanks to its comprehensive range of products the latest of which is a molded M8 circular connector. Part of the 718 Series, the new connector provides high reliability under advanced requirements – even for customized specifications – with a new type of shielding concept.

The newest version of the M8 cable connector is among the smaller sizes in the constantly expanding binder range and increases binder’s presence into application areas where size and performance will constantly increase in the future. In addition to the basic properties of M8 connectors such as compact size and low weight, the new 718 Series connector, which is available now, differs mainly from other approaches in its application areas by a new type of 360° shielding.

Fields of application and product properties

The shielding concept, used for the first time in this environment, ensures particularly reliable EMC shielding without interference. This property in the M8 format makes the circular connector useful primarily in applications such as sensor technology, laboratory equipment and drive solutions. As with many connectors in the binder portfolio, this product can also be implemented as a customized design. binder offers four versions of the new cable connector with 3, 4, 6 or 8 pins. Degree of protection IP 67 is provided in all versions of this model as is a mechanical lifetime of more than 100 mating cycles.

The rated voltage and rated current differ depending on the number of pins. The 3-pin and 4-pin versions offer 60 V and 2 A up to 4 A, depending on the conductor cross-section. The 6-pin and 8-pin designs can handle up to 30 V and 1.5 A. The cable is optionally available in PVC or PUR. In addition, the cable length can be configured to customer requirements.

Important component of a growing spectrum

With the constantly growing portfolio of compact cable connectors, binder can provide enhanced products primarily to those application fields requiring a great degree of flexibility in a small space and whose importance in the future will continue to increase greatly. Finally, binder is developing a 12-pin M8 connector that has already proven itself capable in measuring equipment applications and in automation.

“With the continuous further development and expansion of circular connectors, even for the smaller sizes such as M5 or M8, we are very well positioned in the areas of factory automation and miniaturization,” stated Guido Werner, Product manager in the Sales department at binder since 2013.

ITSA 2020 summary press release


We are pleased to share our latest UK Interconnect market review for 2020 published in What’s New in Electronics.

binder M16 connectors – The “go to” connector for high pin count applications


binder, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of industrial circular connectors, has recently made key additions to its M16 connector series. They are versions that meet the very high data speeds required by the latest sensor-based automation systems and an ASIG-compliant model used in wireless networks including 5G.

binder has been at the forefront of M16 connector development since the 1970s working to widen the range of applications for these versatile circular connectors. Today’s models can accommodate up to 24 contacts – with or without EMI shielding. With mainly metal housings and a robust screw locking system, M16 connectors provide environmental protection up to IP68.

The combination of a high pin count with the compact size of nominally 18.5mm diameter and 60mm in length means M16 connectors offer an excellent alternative to more expensive connector systems. M16 connectors accommodate cables ranging from 4.0 to 10mm diameter, are rated to 250V and can withstand an impulse voltage up to 1500V, with current handling of up to 7A (at 40ºC).

Suitable for 5G roll out

The latest applications for M16 connectors include the impending roll-out of 5G networks where binder’s ASIG-compliant connectors have been designed to provide high international protection for selected outdoor installations. The AISG (Antenna Interface Standards Group) defines standards for the control and monitoring of antenna line devices in the wireless industry.

binder’s Series 423 and 723 M16 connectors are available in 8-pin DIN variants, of which four to five contacts are used. The products are AISG C485 compliant and available as male and female shielded cable and panel mount connectors .

Data transmission up to 10Gbits/s

Another addition to binder’s M16 offering is an X – coded connector capable of handling the data speeds demanded by today’s sensor-based automated production facilities. Data transmission figures are up to an impressive 10Gbits/s.

Versatility of application is assured as a range of alternatives are available for cable mounting with straight or right-angled connectors terminated by soldering, with screws and crimp.  Pre-moulded cables are available and the options are equally comprehensive when it comes to the panel receptacles with front or rear fastening as standard for solder bucket versions and front-fastening for dip solder and pre-terminated flexible PCBs.

To sum up binder’s M16 product offering, Product Manager Sascha Döbel comments “At binder we have found that the flexibility provided by our comprehensive range of M16 connectors with the seemingly endless options at relatively low cost compared to other connector systems, has led to its popularity continually increasing and its range of applications becoming ever wider.”

Neutrik AG acquires Connex Gmbh headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany

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Schaan, March 5, 2021. With this most recent acquisition, the Neutrik Group strengthens its expertise in connectivity solutions.

CONNEX produces and develops high-quality components for professional event industry and demanding industrial applications. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Oldenburg/Northern Germany. The product portfolio comprises solutions for mobile or stationary applications. These include power distribution systems, fiber optic solutions, video products, ethernet components, splitters, patching systems, stage boxes, cabling and measuring devices.

CONNEX focuses not only on standardized products, but also develops individual solutions and delivers comprehensive consulting services and support in the implementation of projects.

“We are very excited about the growth of our Group. Connex Gmbh is going to enable us to expand our activities to further areas of application and to strengthen our leading position in the market”, says Chad Trevithick, CEO at Neutrik Group.

HARTING Railway Web-Seminars focus on retrofit and weight reduction

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HARTING’s successful series of Railway Web-Seminars carries on into March and April as they continue to assess the most important trends in the railway industry. Next up, the focus turns to solutions for retrofit and weight reduction, topics which offer customers the chance to make significant time and cost savings.

The first event takes place on Wednesday 31st March with a look at Solutions for upgrade and retrofit.

During a fleet overhaul, operators are looking for high reliability, low maintenance costs and compliance with safety and current standards.

Thanks to their modularity, connectors and pre-assembled cable sets from HARTING support time and cost-efficient rail vehicle overhauls and offer optimal conditions for future retrofitting and expansion. Hard-wired interfaces can also be replaced by highly flexible, miniaturised, lightweight connectors.

Join this web-seminar and discover how to optimise operating and maintenance costs, expand data networks and meet current rail-relevant standards using retrofittable solutions.

On Thursday 22nd April, the focus switches to Weight reduction and CO2 footprint.

Railway vehicle manufacturers are striving to reduce the energy consumption per passenger-kilometre driven. In this respect, weight is one of the most important factors.

Compact, lighter connectors and weight-reduced cable assemblies can make a measurable contribution, totalling up to a few kilograms per wagon. This reduction has a positive effect on energy consumption, especially over the long service life of rail vehicles.

Register now and learn about new solutions to replace distribution boxes and optimise cable routing, how cabling can contribute to weight reduction and space-saving products such as the new Han® HPR Compact connector series.


You only need to register once to gain access to both sessions. If you cannot attend live, you will receive an e-mail after each web-seminar with a link to the video recording. The first two recordings are now available on demand, so click below to register and watch Powerful interfaces for high-speed data transmission and High-performance interfaces for high currents and voltages.

To learn more and register for this informative series, please click here:


Telegärtner UK appoints David Norrington as the new Managing Director


After over 13 successful years of leading the company, Robert Mulley is stepping down as the Managing Director of Telegärtner UK and David Norrington takes over as the new Managing Director from 1st March 2021 onwards.


‘After over thirteen years, I have decided to reduce my workload and therefore will step down as Managing Director of Telegärtner UK in the end of February. I leave the company in the capable hands of David Norrington and the Management team and I wish David and his colleagues the best for the future’, said Robert Mulley.


David Norrington has been an employee of Telegärtner UK (formerly Quadrant Connections Limited) since 1993, starting as an Assembly Operator, moving on through various technical roles in the business whilst studying Business Management to become the Operations & VP Managing Director in 2008. David’s 33 years of experience in the industry and the excellent work he has done during his 27 years at Telegärtner UK, makes him the perfect choice to lead the company to further growth and success in the future.


‘I am very proud to be taking on the role of Managing Director of Telegärtner UK. I believe we have a strong team in place to successfully take the company forward. Our commitment to our customers, providing excellent quality and service, is an integral part of our business identity and we are working hard to develop new opportunities. These guiding principles will ensure we continue moving positively towards the strategic goals of Telegärtner Group and to the future’, stated David Norrington.