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01/03/2019 14:02:48

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Featuring High Reliability Hyperspring spring-loaded hyperboloid contacts; sealed to IP67

The SnapTac® series of circular and rectangular miniature snap fit connectors from Smiths Interconnect is a lightweight, robust, high durability, quick release connector, offering exceptional signal integrity and designed to meet demanding operational specifications, such as those required in Future Combat Soldier programs, including communication, identification / recognition, and other critical tasks.

The connector series is available in both circular (7, 13, 19 ways) and rectangular (12, 21, 30 ways) geometries, with the plugs available in versions with or without over-moulding, while the receptacle offers straight through and solder cup termination styles. Circular extenders (7, 13, 19 ways), with and without over-moulding, are also available for applications requiring in-line connections. Eight housing polarizations are supported to avoid connector mismatching and a 90° over-moulded version is also available for the circular plug connector.

The locking mechanism is easy and fast, with the circular connector range featuring a snap on locking arrangement. The 12 and 21 way rectangular connectors have a push pull locking, with the 30 way version employing a quick turn locking mechanism.

A key innovation with the Snaptac® connector is in the design of the Hyperspring® spring-loaded contacts, which are designed to protect the electrical interface against extreme environmental conditions. For the first time, Smiths have combined their hyperboloid contact technology with the mechanical features of a spring loaded plunger. This compressible contact arrangement produces mated connectors with improved signal integrity, high reliability and proven parametric stability over time and realises characteristics of very low and stable contact resistance, high current carrying capability and extremely low wear mechanisms.

Hyperspring’s target and chisel blade contact mechanism also provides an inherent self-cleaning wiping action which removes surface contamination and ensures that the connector can’t be damaged by the build-up of surface films. This makes the SnapTac® connector system ideal for dirty and contaminated harsh environments where reliability is paramount, such as in land-based military scenarios where fast and easy mating and un-mating are needed.

The connectors support up to 10,000 mating cycles and are IP67 sealed according to IEC529 when in the mated and unmated condition. They incorporate full 360° EMI shielding, with dust caps available to ensure full EMI shielding and protection when in the unmated condition, providing for high robustness throughout their lifetime. Current rating is 3A per contact at 25°C and operating temperature range is -55°C to +85°C.

Key markets are high reliability military and commercial interconnect applications, such as tactical communications, FCS wearable electronic systems, commercial airframe sensors and auto-sport diagnostics.


For a quote or for more information contact Aerco by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

27/02/2019 14:53:21

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Hi-temp surface-mount test points from Aerco

Aerco, the Horsham based distributor of electronic components stocks and supplies on quick delivery the Oxley SMOX, a unique high temperature PCB test terminal that provides accurate line tests during PCB assembly.

SMOX is designed specifically to be used with ROHS compliant lead-free solders such as 96S (re-flow at 220°C) and is supplied loose or on tape and reel for ease of assembly.  Its unique retention mechanism enhances reliability through low stress contact.

The SMOX connection system is the only surface-mount ball and socket test point available on the market and has a specially designed socket for easy low contact resistance and gentle detachment.

Requiring a minimum pad size of only 2mm and being a single pole device, SMOX can be placed accurately by hand or any pick and place machine even when space is restricted.


For a quote or for more information contact Aerco by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

10/01/2019 14:16:10

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NVIS Lamps available from stock

Aerco offers a wide range of night vision compatible LED indicators from Oxley that that combine the latest in technology with proven mechanical and optical expertise to provide a wide range of products designed for the most demanding of military and aerospace applications that use NVG/NVIS systems.

These indicators are modular in construction allowing a wide range of colour and feature options to be incorporated into different lamp styles. Highly rugged, they deliver high reliability with MTBF in excess of 90,000 hours. They are packaged in a metal body with a glass lens to withstand the harshest working environments and they are panel-sealed with ingress protection up to IP68.

Their use in applications such as military aircraft and vehicles, ground base stations, surface ships, submarines and air and ground radio equipment, has been proven over many years.

The indicators have a mounting size from 5mm with a low profile and are available in standard or high luminous brightness with a wide range of termination options, including flying leads. They operate from current driven or voltage from 5VDC/AC to 28VDC/AC and the operating and storage temperature range is from -55ºC to +100ºC. Optional EMI shielded versions are also available.


For a quote or for more information contact Aerco by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

29/10/2018 15:41:23

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Performance Cable with a wide variety of flexing applications

Aerco is now able to offer a wide range of Alpha Wire performance cables. Alpha Wire has recently expanded their range of Xtra-Guard high performance cables by adding new gauge sizes to their already popular Xtra-Guard Flexible cable line. Xtra-Guard Flex cables are the perfect solution for applications requiring flexibility and durability. They have outstanding oil, solvent, chemical & fuel resistance. Xtra-Guard Flex cables are ideal for industries such as robotics, C-track and conveyor systems, medical devices and much more.

This product line is rated for up to 14 million flex life cycles (85000 series), up to 6 Million flex life cycles (86000 series), & 1 Million for 65000 series are available in a variety of configurations allowing you to have exactly the right cable for your selected application. Rounded geometry helps to insure a liquid tight installation as per IP67 or Nema 6.  Alpha’s popular Supra-Shield® system combines a triple-layer aluminium/polyester/aluminium foil with a tinned copper braid shield with tight 70% coverage. Supra-Shield offers exceptional EMI performance and flexibility to protect against noise and maintain overall system integrity.


For a quote or for more information contact Nicki Setterfield by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

27/09/2018 09:26:59

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Surface-Mount Opto-Electronic Interconnect/Board Assemblies for Rugged Vibration and Shock Applications ruggedized for harsh environment.

Glenair’s innovative small form factor PCB mount opto-electronic transceiver modules are ruggedized harsh environment equivalents to SFP transceivers but with a mechanical design suited to harsh temperature, vibration and shock environments, such as those found in Military, Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Railway, and Industrial applications.

Targeted for ‘inside the box’, these connectorized optical modules offer the smallest footprint available, saving over 60% space over SFP solutions, with no soldering required and support for up to 10Gbps rates. The range includes parallel optical transceivers with MT ribbon fibre interfaces and shielded radiation-tolerant transceivers, hardened for mission critical applications. There is optional support for a Digital Monitoring Interface (DMI) in accordance with SFF 8472.

The transceiver module is comprised of a transmitter section and a receiver section that reside on a common package and employ Glenair’s highly tolerant GC fibre optic connectors. Interfacing with the host board is through a 30Gbps Samtec high-speed surface mount electrical connector, employing CML signalling with 100ohm differential inputs and outputs. Multi-mode and single-mode fibre versions support solutions up to 10Gbps with 10Km reach or 2.5Gbps with 40Km reach are available.

Glenair fibre optic jumpers connect from the transceiver to any Glenair Mil/Aero fibre optic connector style and a full range of evaluation boards are available, including an FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) version. Standard rating is for -40°C to +85°C operating temperature range, with extended temperature ranges available on request.


For a quote or for more information contact Mark Ogden by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

13/07/2018 13:36:27

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Glenair’s new range of harsh environment opto-electronic active connectors provide connectivity and media conversion between the electrical and optical domains.

Meeting the need for ruggedized photonic packaging in commercial and military aerospace systems and other harsh environments, as well as increased focus on reduced weight and small form-factor technologies, Glenair has developed a revolutionary new opto-electronic product series of active multi-channel receptacle connectors. These incorporate integrated transceiver technology and provide support for Fast/Gigabit Ethernet, SMPTE HD/3G SDI and HDMI video, as well as many high-speed data transfer protocols such as SFPDP, AFDX and sRIO.

Leveraging Glenair’s MIL-DTL-38999 and Series 80 Mighty Mouse high-performance connector technologies, the transmitter or receiver functions are integrated into robust size 8 opto-electronic contacts, which feature either 1.25mm Arinc 801 or 2.5mm ELIO® compatible multi-mode optical termini. Each contact is 4.25Gbps capable, resulting in a potential aggregate bandwidth of up to 34Gbps per active connector

To support demand for very low data rates, Glenair are introducing a lower speed size 8 opto-electronic contact, supporting rates from DC to 1Mbps. For mixed signal applications, hybrid opto-copper versions of the active connectors are easily realised.

Receptacles are populated with the factory-tested photonic contacts, and are ready for immediate use as fibre optic to electrical circuit board I/O connectors. Size 8 cavity adapters are also available to enable construction of compatible mating plug connectors on the fibre cable side.

Key markets are Airborne, Tactical, Railway, Industrial, Oil and Gas and Shipboard.

® Elio is a registered trade mark of Esterline Souriau


For a quote or for more information contact Mark Ogden by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

13/07/2018 13:36:10

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Aerco is pleased to announce a strong offering in ruggedized fibre optic solutions for harsh environment markets with its world class partners: Esterline Souriau, Glenair, ITT Cannon, Smiths Interconnect and TE Connectivity.


Fibre optics is becoming the favoured solution for signal connectivity in many harsh environment applications in the military, aerospace, transport, outside broadcast and energy markets. The requirement for high bandwidth, long reach, immunity to EMI, high reliability, strong security or a combination of all, together with fibre’s considerable savings in size and weight (SWaP goals), means this technology offers many advantages over traditional copper interconnects.


For a quote or for more information contact Mark Ogden by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

Aerco's Fibre Partners

29/03/2018 08:49:36

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Supplier approval, quotation, testing, inspection and reports to Quality Management System AS9120A protocols assures customers only genuine parts supplied

Aerco, the distributor and stockist of electrical and electronic components servicing hi-reliability markets, announces that it has adopted SAE International Standard AS6081, the recognized protocol for counterfeit avoidance. With the ever-present and increasing risk of counterfeit components entering the supply chain, particularly in hi-reliability markets, Aerco has instigated the full gamut of practices demanded by AS6801 for the avoidance, detection, mitigation and disposal of fraudulent/counterfeit parts.

Aerco, which is a member of the Electronic Resellers Association (ERAI), is certified to AS9120A (EN9120:2010), a company-wide quality management system, and its policy deals directly with the four tenets of AS6801 to guard against the possibility of counterfeit components entering the supply chain. With many decades of experience working within the military and aerospace sector, Aerco’s strict supplier approval process ensures only genuine and fully-traceable parts are supplied. Even when supplying difficult-to-source components, Aerco’s quotation process is visible to the customer and all parts are subjected to an approved testing process, with inspection and test reports supplied.

19/03/2018 16:08:59

Aerco Accepting EMEA Award

Aerco has been awarded the accolade of EMEA Distributor of the Year 2017 for Design-In Activities by Smiths Interconnect.  This is the first year that Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically-differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products, has run a distributor recognition programme, which recognises outstanding achievement by its distributors in Asia, the Americas and EMEA. Just three awards were given in EMEA, each recognizing a different aspect of expertise in distribution.

Presenting the award to the Aerco team, Giuseppe Lancella, Vice President Global Distribution, Smiths Interconnect commented: “The awards follow the distributors’ performance evaluation program that was implemented to strengthen and increase the value of the sales channel globally, and through them we encourage our partners to continue to work with us as an integral part of our internal sales force. We're delighted to publicly recognize all our nine global winners for the hard work they have done throughout the year.  In EMEA, Aerco’s Design-In service is recognized for achieving extremely high levels of customer satisfaction and an outstanding number of design-ins.”

Accepting the award, Rob Laughton, Managing Director, Aerco replied:”It is a genuine honour and pleasure to be the first winner of the Smiths Interconnect EMEA Distributor Award for Design-In. The members of our Design Support team are all product specialists, recruited for their expertise in components and trained to increase their skill and knowledge even further. They work closely with all our suppliers, including Smiths Interconnect, with whom we enjoy a particularly strong partnership which benefits our mutual customers.”

(in picture left to right): Paul Bandy, Director of Products, Aerco; Mark Ogden, Product Manager, Aerco; Rob Laughton, Managing Director, Aerco; Guiseppe Lancella, Vice President, Global Distribution Smiths Interconnect; Mario Patane, EMEA Distribution Manager, Smiths Interconnect

08/03/2018 09:12:48

New Honeywell Aerospace Linear Variable Differential Transformers provide infinite resolution linear position for next gen aircraft – now available at Aerco.

Honeywell’s new Aerospace Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDT) in Single Channel, Dual Parallel and Dual Tandem Series are now available at Aerco, the distributor and stockist of electrical and electronic components servicing hi-rel markets.  Designed for next-gen harsh-environment aircraft applications, Honeywell’s new aerospace LVDT provides infinite resolution linear position solutions for design engineers needing to reduce design cycle time and expedite speed to market. Honeywell’s expertise in designing aerospace products and its extensive installed product base, coupled with Aerco’s experience in supplying this demanding market is a powerful and assuring combination for customers.

Honeywell’s LVDT is a pre-validated, configurable platform approach that provides continuous position monitoring: single channel, dual channel and dual tandem products in this range accommodate a wide variety of configurations and applications, including: flight controls, engines, nose wheel steering and pilot controls, plus many others. Honeywell LVDTs reduce installation time thanks to rig point position, which eliminates the need to shim during installation.   Enhanced reliability is assured through industry-leading design and winding techniques and high strength materials, which reduce MTBF: Honeywell LVDTs have a minimum life cycle of 1 million hours MTBF.    

Technical specifications include:  accuracy of ±0.5% of the full stroke gain from 0% to 100% of the LVDT stroke @ 21degC; normal operating pressure 2,000 psi; vibration 60G @5Hz to 2000 Hz. Current consumption is 11mA maximum.    

Contact Paul Bandy to find out more about this product.

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