Hard metric connector combats fretting

Meeting high-reliability connectivity needs are key to Smiths Connectors’ COTS Plus 2mm hard metric connector for Compact PCI applications.

The Aurora Series features enhanced gold plating with 1.27microA coverage on contact mating surfaces. This gold thickness provides significant durability, improved contact resistance stability (25 per cent better than COTS after test cycle) and high resistance to fretting. This increases Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) by approximately 40 per cent, says the company.

The new range is COTS compatible, allowing for reduced non-recurring costs due to common tooling and board layout.  Additionally, Aurora is lubricant-free which reduces the occurrence of secondary contamination while offering electrical stability throughout the product’s life. Developed for telecom and aerospace applications, this connector is designed to perform in operating environments that feature extremely harsh conditions.

“The Aurora connector Series illustrates Smiths Connectors commitment to designing and delivering the most comprehensive interconnect solutions portfolio available to the global customer community,” said Jeffrey Dick, vice-president, sales and marketing for Smiths Interconnect. “We listen to the voices of our customers, critically examine market conditions and respond by introducing high-reliability solutions that exceed expectation. This robust, hard metric connector series is designed to be rugged, versatile and embody the functionality needed to successfully address rapidly evolving industry requirements.”  


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