10th time at DSEI for ODU Connectors

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Once again, ODU are looking forward to exhibiting at DSEI, so as to show-off   their latest developments in military connector technology.

ODU’s first major UK opportunity came back in 2002 with the Bowman C41 Tactical Comms System and they have since supplied their Advanced Military Connector Series, the ODU-AMC®, to support programmes such as Thales Squadnet Radio, Racal Acoustics Magna RA4000 Headset and Selex Elsag Future Soldier Radio.

 

 

Squadnet Radio, courtesy of Thales UK

 

 

Having already produced the ODU-AMC® High Speed Data series that can combine and transmit all common protocols, with transfer rates up to 14.4 Gbits/s, at DSEI they will introduce further developments, providing fresh options for the dismounted soldier and the in-vehicle equipment OEM, including:

 

A new 7-pole insert for the ODU-AMC® high-Density Series

In a size 0 shell, but with a larger 0.7mm contact diameter for higher robustness, the 7-pole configuration offers a future-proof alternative to other 6-pole NETT-Warrior connectors, together  with a significant performance increase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The all-new ODU-AMC® T-Series Connector.

The ‘T’ stands for Three-in-One or ‘Triple’ as three locking variants of plug [push-pull, break-away or screw-lock] can fit the same receptacle, in shell-sizes that give space-envelope savings over comparable density MIL-DTL-38999M connectors, but with the same, or improved, technical performance.

 

 

Cables can use a standard MIL-M85049 back-shell or ODU over-mould and the crimp contacts can be standard MIL-AS39029, or an ODU design.
Now, in-vehicle OEM’s can specify an appropriate locking mechanism at each connection point, whilst retaining the same bulkhead fitting across all equipment.

ODU also offers a comprehensive assembly service – including connectors, cable, over-moulding, watertight-potting and metalwork – supplying your sub-system from one totally reliable source – shipped to line.

Consultation, requirement analysis, product design & development, prototype manufacture, pre-production batch delivery, technical documentation – they take care of everything necessary to produce a great system solution specifically for you.

However, the company’s skill-set, as an independent connector manufacturer, includes one further special ingredient – flexibility – the ability to sit down with the customer and design a way out of a problem, the ability to produce a connector that is truly fit-for-purpose and to deliver that both on-time and within budget.

So, if you’re faced with a connector or packaging conundrum, then why not drop by stand H2-569 in the UK Pavillion and tell them about your problems – they may have an answer.

Smiths Interconnect expands its product offering for medical applications

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Hypergrip®Flex connectors offer a cost-effective design for standard cycle life applications

 

 

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products announced the extension of its Hypergrip® connector series for the medical market with the addition of the new Hypergrip® Flex connectors.

Hypergrip® is a well-known, patented and proven series of high reliability circular connectors specifically designed for the medical industry.

Thanks to its recognized market successes the Hypergrip series has established a strong reputation of reliability, versatility, and ease-of-use.

Smiths Interconnect has now enlarged the series with the Hypergrip Flex, ideal for most of the medical market applications including devices for patient monitoring, electrosurgical and endoscopic tools, catheters, home healthcare and portable therapeutic applications.

 

“The new Hypergrip® Flex embeds all benefits of the existing Hypergrip® connector within a cost-effective design for standard cycle life applications” says Mark Kelleher, VP and General Manager of the Connectors Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect.  “Our advanced keying system allows customers to build connectors with six different keyed versions of the same standard connector reducing lead time and inventory”.

HyperGrip® Flex is designed to meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601, flammability rated to UL94 V0, and compliance with most sterilization methods.

 

It is equipped with high density MR screw machined contacts, manufactured by high speed turning process and tested and qualified to ensure:

 

  • Low Level Contact Resistance (LLCR) compared to standard contacts available in the market
  • High density with 0,4 mm diameter socket contacts
  • Low insertion and extraction forces Connector mates and de-mates smoothly with low force reducing
  • Standard industry cycle life: the MR contact provides industry standard cycle life of at least 2K cycles, for general medical applications.
  • Lower Cost of Ownership: the machined MR Crimp contact allows for high volumes and lower costs with simplified “Crimp and Poke” assembly vs traditional nested solder contacts.
  • RoHS III compliant materials