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18/09/2019 10:47:12

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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.


11/09/2019 10:20:44

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Ruggedized High Performance Circular Power Connectors for Harsh Environments.

The newly re-launched HBB series of single pole high power 300A and 500A circular connectors from Smiths Interconnect offer a compact, lightweight and ruggedized heavy duty connector designed for use in all types of harsh environment applications, including electric motor drives, military ground vehicle turret systems, rail transport and industrial applications. Now assembled by Aerco, they are available with low MOQs and short lead-times.

Available in a RoHs compliant Black Zinc Nickel finish, the HBB delivers a more efficient, higher current transmission in a more compact and lighter connector and with a superior endurance of 5000 mating cycles. Design SWaP goals of delivering high power within a small size and minimal weight interconnect solution are realised with 300A delivery implemented in a size 17 shell and 500A delivery in a size 21 shell. The robust aluminium shell is available in three different shell polarizations, fully sealed to IP67 ingress protection and featuring 360° EMI/RFI shielding via a customer serviceable conductive ‘O’ ring, which is fitted as standard to receptacles.

The HBB series is rated for surge/inrush currents of 6 kA for the 300A and 10kA for the 500A for 1 sec, making it suitable for deployment in applications like induction motors and power converters.

The tactile ‘push mate’ mating provides confirmation of a full mate preventing “attached not locked” condition. The design facilitates the easy mating and un-mating with simple push to lock and 1/8 turn to unmate while in close proximity to neighbouring devices, supporting applications where higher density packing is required in space constrained environments. Safety protection includes a safety interlock last make, first break with finger protection on pin and socket contacts.

Compliant to the MIL-DTL-5015 specification for heavy-duty circular electrical connectors for harsh environments, the connectors feature the best electrical performance and high levels of shock and vibration immunity due to the use of Smiths Interconnect’s hyperboloid contact technology. The ultra-low resistance and smooth and light wiping action of the hyperboloid contacts results in low fretting fatigue/corrosion and long contact life with minimal degradation in performance. The hyperboloid contact design ensures this high degree of immunity to shock and vibration, guaranteeing electrical continuity in all circumstances. Contact resistance figures as low as 0.03mΩ keeps resistive losses and generated heat at a minimal, facilitating maximum transmission performance

The plugs and receptacles are gender reversible, being available with either pin or socket contacts and they can be ordered with optional straight or right angle back shells. Accessories include crimp lugs, heat shrink boots and additional O-rings

Standard operational temperature range is -55°C to +150°C, voltage rating at sea level is 750vdc, and dielectric withstand voltage at sea level is 2250vdc.

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

03/09/2019 15:57:32

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Aerco is exhibiting at the DSEI exhibition. A stockist and distributor of electrical components, Aerco is an Approved supplier to many of the major defence systems manufacturers around the world.

Aerco has distribution franchise agreements with major component manufacturers including AB Connectors, Alpha Wire, Barnbrook systems, Glenair, Honeywell, Oxley Developments, Paramount Panels and TE Connectivity and will be showing their products on the stand.


In addition to operating these franchises Aerco is an experienced supplier-reduction partner, being able to source and supply electrical components from around the world. Aerco holds ISO9001:2015 and AS9120B approvals and operates to AS6081 anti-counterfeit procedures. Aerco is a member of the SC21 supply chain improvement organisation, the ERAI and is Joscar registered.

Aerco has great technical expertise with a Design Support team available to assist customers in component selection. Part number translations are provided including the NATO Stock Number and PAN specs for aircraft components. Value-added services include connector assembly, kitting and custom modification of products under franchised supplier’s quality systems.

Aerco can be found in the South hall on stand S1-220, where our expert staff will be pleased to meet you and light refreshments will also be available.


For for more information please contact Rob Laughton by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

31/07/2019 15:51:30

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Reliable Interconnect Solution, for Rail and Vehicle Applications.

For applications demanding high power in limited space Aerco, in partnership with the manufacturer TT Electronics AB Connectors, provides the Pola Power connector.

As more and more equipment and technology is fitted to vehicles and trains the demand for a high-power single pole connector continues to grow. The Pola Power connector, which handles 600A and incorporates SAYF finger proof technology, meets this demand perfectly.

Pola Power is IP67 rated in both mated and unmated condition, available in RoHS compliant zinc nickel finish and meets IP2X finger protection in both pin and socket versions. Its rugged yet compact design enables it to meet the requirement for 500 mating cycles.

There is a range of options for straight or angled back shells and a choice of crimp or threaded contacts with lugs that accept 120mm square conductors. The combination of grounded plug with screened accessories also offers superior RFI/EMC performance.

Aerco offers all these options from stocked parts with no MOQs, ensuring that engineers and designers have the flexibility to access the full capability of the range, making Pola Power the ideal choice to solve size, weight and power (SWaP) issues in a range of applications as diverse as rail, military and electric vehicles and renewable energy.


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

07/06/2019 10:08:06

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Compact high reliability 5mm mounting panel LED’s

Now in stock at Aerco, is the MIL50 range of LED lamps.

Offering the advantages of LED technology that include reliability, durability, efficiency, lower operating temperatures, and lower cost of ownership, the MIL50 series has a 5mm mounting size, with a 60° viewing angle, and is panel sealed to IP67.

The range is available in all colours, in both standard and high intensity, with a wide range of operating voltages and currents, as well as sunlight readable, and NVG options.

With flying lead or spill terminations and an operating temperature of -40° to 85°C, and they offer the user a degree of flexibility in potential designs


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

06/06/2019 15:59:47

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Reduced Form Factor Photonic Technologies for Ethernet, Digital Video, High-Speed Data, and Signal Aggregation Applications in Harsh Environments

The need for ruggedized photonic packaging in commercial and military harsh environments, as well as the increased focus on reducing size and weight, has led Glenair to develop a series of revolutionary, reduced form factor, optoelectronic modules that provide copper to fibre media conversion for Ethernet, digital video and signal aggregation applications.

Their Ethernet media converters allow the integration of fibre optic links with existing legacy copper based network infrastructures and extend the reach of these networks over much greater distances, also providing future proofing with the increased bandwidth capacity. The modules facilitate the conversion of optical gigabit Ethernet data streams into electrical signals servicing switches, routers, and other peripherals. Features include integrated magnetics on the electrical side, a lightning strike hardened variant and optional flow control and built in test console port functionalities. The modules are available in panel mount, flange mount or inline form factors.

The Glenair ruggedized copper to fibre video media converters support many video transport protocols including DVI, HDMI, SMPTE SD/HD/3G-SDI, ARINC 818 and more. They extend electrical transmission distances via the optical domain, providing high reliability connectivity with robust EMC and security, particularly beneficial in military harsh environment deployments such as graphics card to remote display interconnect applications.

Signal aggregation media converters integrate multiple compact optoelectronic modules to digitize and/or aggregate multiple low data rate signal types in the electrical domain, such as RS422/485 and discrete transmit/receive signals and combine them for transport at a high data rate over a single optical fibre channel.

All the media converters leverage Glenair’s standard high performance connectors, such as the D38999 Series III, GHD, Mighty Mouse, GFOCA and M28876 series and support a range of fibre optic ferrules, including 1.25mm, 1.57mm, 2.0mm, and 2.5mm, in both single-mode and multimode

Standard rating for the modules is a -40°C to +85°C operating temperature range, with extended temperature ranges available on request.


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

05/06/2019 14:13:35

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Reliable Harsh Environment Switching solutions

Honeywell offer an impressive breadth of product offerings to best meet specific application needs and conditions.

Mounting styles include the compact 20-25mm mounting centers, miniature EN50041 or the larger EN50047.

Housings can be lightweight plastic, rugged zinc die-cast, or additional options for stainless steel body construction and available with multiple circuit and actuator options. Additional features to benefit customers can include low or high temp construction, with environmentally sealed pre-wired versions available. The Honeywell limit switches offer excellent reliability for potential applications including;

  • Ground based military equipment
  • Food and beverage
  • Construction and agricultural
  • Material handling
  • Railway stock and infrastructure
  • Industrail Valves
  • Chemical and food processing
  • Caustic waste handling
  • Power Generation

The extended Hazardous area range is weatherproof, water-tight, and dust-tight, and is designed for safe operation in a potentially explosive environment, with ATEX approval to ensure safe containment of any spark potential.


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

03/06/2019 14:43:00

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On 15th May, Aerco were presented the prestigious SC21 Bronze Award for Operational Excellence at the ADS Event held on the Manufacturing Technology Centre, in Coventry.

This is the fourth year that Aerco have retained this award, evidencing continued high levels of Operational performance to the independent assessment team.

SC21 is now in its 13th year, this is the largest and longest running Aerospace and Defence Supply Chain Improvement programme, complementing Aerco’s ISO9001 / AS9120 Quality Management Systems and adoption of LEAN.

Key benefits of the SC21 Government backed scheme have been to drive Continuous Improvement, Competitiveness and Capability throughout the UK’s Aerospace and Defence Industry’s Supply Chain.

What this really means for organisations that have successfully achieved these awards are: -

  • Standard tools and techniques
  • Standard performance recognition
  • Increased transparency
  • Improved communication and collaboration

Aerco worked with key Customer Leonardo Helicopters, to share best practice and demonstrate evidence of continued Delivery & Quality performance, Manufacturing, Business and Relationship Excellence.

The award was presented by Leonardo Helicopters’ Jerry Prideaux, Supplier Chain Manager UK and Chris Thomson, Supplier Development to Aerco’s Quality Manager, Stephen Herritts and SC21 Business Improvement Co-ordinator, Juliet Small.


For a quote or for more information or to enquire about a quote or about Aerco and our services please contact us by email or call on +44(0)1403 260206.

09/05/2019 14:52:01

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High power, modular connectors for all on-board power applications within the rail market.

The Transformer Series HeavyPower (TSH) connectors from Smiths Interconnect are a range of ruggedized, high reliability, high power, heavy duty interconnects which offer a modular solution for all on board power applications within the harsh environment rail market.

The TSH are available in 1 to 4 pole versions and employ Smiths Interconnect’s latest evolution of their Hypertac® hyperboloid technology: the Tortac® contact. The contact’s single piece hyperboloid construct supports higher current ratings than bifurcated designs and features very low fretting corrosion, allowing TSH to support currents of 300A per pole with an endurance of over 500 mating cycles. Connector styles include straight and right-angle versions and a ‘Y’ branch variant supporting additional use as a power junction box.

Comprising a polyamide insulator with a passivated aluminium frame, the design conforms to rail fire and smoke standards EN 45545-2, NF F 16-101 and NFF16-102 and has an environmental ingress protection rating of IP66/IP67 when mated. The design of the insulator ensures that correct voltage creepage distance clearances are met, providing high electrical protection in severe environments. It is fully compliant to EN50124 Pollution Degree 4, allowing external deployment of TSH on train roofs, under car on bogies and between vehicles as inter-carriage jumpers, without the need for cleaning

To support inter-coach jumper applications, an integrated anti-swaying device on the connector backend mitigates potential cable degradation and obviates the need for additional cable support clamping. An optional ‘Y’ branch connector style, TSHY, is available which splits each pole input into two outputs, replacing the need for junction boxes and so saving space and weight and simplifying maintenance. Typical design use would be a three pole ‘Y’ connector taking in the train’s three phase power and then branching each input phase into two output feeds, with each output supplying separate motors on the bogies.

The modular range employs a unique do-it-yourself system, offering a configurable architecture which enables customers to design their own platform solutions with just a few elementary piece parts. This allows many connector configurations to be supported by holding a minimal amount of piece part stock, reducing supply chain, cabling and maintenance costs and facilitating quick and flexible time to market. No special tools are needed except crimping tools, resulting in a further reduction in stock and kitting/logistic management.

TSH connectors have a voltage rating of 3600V, and a standard temperature range rating of -55°C to +125°C.


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

08/05/2019 09:31:14

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Multiple contacts in a single shell

With the ever-increasing demand for high speed ethernet connection, engineers are faced with the growing challenge of having to screen multiple ethernet contacts within a single connector shell.

The Steadi-Shield series from TT Electronics, stocked by Aerco, solves this design issue. It utilises a metallised insert which provides instant 360-degree screen termination through a common ground. Using the metal insulator allows for a high reliability, simplified screen termination process which is far easier and quicker than traditional methods employing extra components such as braiding and clamps and requiring levels of operator skill and experience to complete successfully.

The Steadi-Shield series can accommodate up to seven high speed 10Gb ethernet contacts in a single insert as well as allowing for combinations of coax, twinax, triax and quadrax contacts alongside standard single contacts. The inserts are designed for use in the high performance ABMP connector series which is EN45545-2 compliant and derived from MIL-C-5015 and VG95234 reverse bayonet specifications

The use of Steadi-Shield with ABMP ensures users obtain high speed high reliability data communication with IP67 sealing, shock and vibration protection and 500 mating cycle performance, making it the ideal choice in demanding industry sectors such as the military and rail markets. It can be used across a range of applications as diverse as power distribution, lighting, trackside signalling and detection systems, driver and passenger information systems, CCTV, and braking systems.

Aerco offers Steadi-Shield and ABMP with next day delivery, no minimum order quantities and comprehensive technical and design support.


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

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