Distributors continued to enhance their connector lines this summer as Avnet Electronics Marketing led the way with an expanded global agreement with TE Connectivity. Avnet EM now offers TE’s Deutsch line of military connectors and is certified to assemble and maintain them for quick shipment (see the figure).
The expanded agreement allows Avnet EM to supply TE connectors in sizes ranging from standard density to near-double-density D38999 styles. TE offers one of the largest selections of small circular connectors designed for rugged durability and space and weight savings in military and aerospace markets. Furthermore, Avnet’s value-added interconnect assembly operation in Nogales, Mexico, has been certified by TE and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to assemble and maintain TE’s Deutsch connectors. This includes the MIL-DTL-26482 and MIL-DTL-83723 connectors, as well as the MIL-DTL-M39029 contacts.
“TE’s Deutsch products are a great addition to Avnet’s line and nicely round out TE’s product offering with an industry-leading, high-reliability circular connector family for military and aerospace applications,” said Tom McCartney, senior vice president, IP&E business development worldwide at Avnet. “For military customers looking to deliver a rugged solution that improves performance and saves space, these products can prove to be a great answer.”
In other connector news, other distributors were promoting key products online over the summer.
PEI-Genesis pointed to Amphenol’s SCE2 Terrapin series of miniature push-pull connectors for use in harsh environments. The environmentally sealed connectors offer silent mating with high mating cycles and a lockable coupling ring to prevent connector breakaway. For use in radios, headsets, GPS units, computer systems, local-area network (LAN) switches and routers, and Gigabit Ethernet applications, the connectors feature brass shell material, black-silver shell plating, copper alloy contact material, and 1 μM of gold over nickel contact plating.
Heilind Electronics featured Molex’s CLIK-Mate connectors, which are designed for applications that require higher pin-count connectors to carry more signal lines in less space. The system’s unique tuning-fork terminal concept provides low insertion force and secure mating contact. Features and benefits include:
- Positive inner locks: Audible “click,” low insertion force, and secure mating
- Tuning-fork style contact design: Secure contact and avoids terminal stubbing
- Flat area for pick-and-place: Easy, automatic board placement
- Reinforced metal solder tabs: Secure printed circuit-board (PCB) retention and solder joint strain relief
- Footprint compatibility: Drop-in replacement to various competitive versions
Powell Electronics featured Glenair’s offering of circular and rectangular backshell connectors and accessories. The lineup includes simple wire bundle strain reliefs, backshells, dummy stowage receptacles and protective covers, advanced electromagnetic shielding and termination systems, extender backshells, pipe thread adapters, shorting caps, and cable sealing backshells. The selection includes virtually all AS85049 MIL-Spec accessories and includes backshells for every connector manufacturer’s product, including Amphenol, Deutsch, and Cannon.
And, interconnect specialist Sager Electronics touted the Hirose HR41 circular waterproof connectors, which are IP68 rated, plastic-shelled connectors for advanced reliability and high-power use in harsh, outdoor environments. The series includes bayonet locking, cable-mount plugs, and panel-mount receptacles with the capacity to handle up to 20 A.