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Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect HypertacSmiths Connectors is a leading supplier of world class interconnect solutions to electrical and electronic applications requiring superior quality, performance and reliability.

Aerco supplies the Hypertac range of PCB, Modular, Rectangular, Circular connectors and Custom connectors as well as their range of Discrete contacts.

The Hypertac connector brand utilises the superior performing Hyperboloid contact technology, ideal for harsh environments and safety critical applications.

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Hypertac News
Hypertac News
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.


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11/01/2017 11:23:33

Hypertac REP series connectorsThe Hypertac REP connector series, a multi-pole, sealed, rectangular, plastic connector that provides quick and easy connection, is now available from Aerco.

This high performance connector uses well-proven Hypertac® Hyperboloid contact technology that guarantees excellent reliability even under high levels of shock and vibration and is ideal for many electronic applications in the railroad, industrial equipment, test and measurement, automotive and defence industries.

The REP connector conforms to UL94VO fire smoke standards and is made of polycarbonate with a silicone backshell.  It is protected to IP66 and available in 2, 6 and 12-way formats and allows up to 500 mating cycles.  Rated up to 13A, the series offers a significant savings in terms of inventory and maintenance because one size of contact caters for cables from 0.50mm²  to 2.5mm² (24-12AWG).

No special tools are required for assembly, connection is simple with push to mate, press and release to unmate and the series is available in cable to cable, clips and front and back panel mount configurations.  Pre-wired version can also be supplied to customers’ specifications.

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11/01/2017 12:58:58

Hypertac HPH Connectors

Investment means two-week delivery with no MOQs 

Aerco has increased its commitment to UK customers of Smiths Connectors by extending its assembly capability to include the rectangular, high-density PCB range of Hypertac HPH connectors.

The HPH range of high reliability, vibration-proof connectors uses the well-proven Hyperboloid socket contact design, ensuring low insertion and separation forces, an excess of 2000 mating operations, low contact resistance and high current and voltage ratings making it ideal for mil/aero and industrial applications.

Aerco will supply versions with up to 202 contacts, with options for straight and 90° PCB contacts with a wide range of mating guide styles on a two-week lead-time with no MOQs.  The high density is achieved with 4A rated contacts that are 0.6mm diameter set on a staggered pitch of 1.905mm.  

This investment by Aerco will ensure that UK customers wishing to upgrade to higher density connector systems can rely on high levels of support for both prototype and production quantities.


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22/12/2016 11:55:41

Hypertac M12 connectorsThe new range of Hypertac M12 connectors that incorporates innovative features in a compact design while taking full advantage of traditional Hypertac hyperboloid contact technology is now available on quick delivery and low MOQs from Aerco. 

Developed to meet the growing demand for miniaturisation, these new M12 connectors are available with 3, 4, 5 or 8 way contacts with options of over-moulded or free assembly and with straight or 90° versions to meet all the recognised standards and industry requirements.

An anti-vibration arrangement comprising a floating female hyperboloid crimp socket within a robust connector insulator and shell provides maximum security.  Additional benefits are easy handling characteristics and rapid contact assembly with a unique, sideways clip insulator.

Insulator assembly is simplified with an easy to use touch, look and feel system that ensures correct orientation and the design provides the highest possible connector-to-connector density.  The free-assembled right-angle version has an adaptable cable entry termination that allows for a change to a straight version in the field without compromising the IP67 reliability.

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