Harwin launches Sycamore SMT contact for advanced automated assembly

Hi-rel connector and surface mount technology (SMT) board hardware manufacturer, Harwin, offer the Sycamore surface-mount socket. The Sycamore provides superior pin retention and durability for high-volume applications manufactured using advanced automated systems, says Harwin.

The Sycamore design features three points of contact, providing the assurance of continuity and robustness previously only available from two-piece assemblies which are rarely available on tape and reel, says Harwin. Sycamore can be used in domestic and commercial gas detection systems, fire alarms and metering systems, as well as a variety of other applications which require modules and devices, such as field-replaceable parts or temperature-sensitive components, to be mounted to a printed circuit board (PCB). 

Sycamore is a single-part SMT socket design featuring a low profile of only 0.3mm above the PCB.  Available in top and bottom entry versions, it accepts 1.0 or 1.50mm diameter pins and is open-ended, so mating pin depth is not limited.   Manufactured from beryllium copper, the Sycamore’s contacts are gold-plated to ensure high conductivity and durability over a temperature range of -50 to +125 degree C. 

Sycamore devices are available now, packaged on tape and reel, with 1400 parts per reel. Sycamore is a proprietary Harwin contact design with patents pending.

Harwin invented the Datamate, 2.0mm pitch hi-rel connector family 25 years ago. Since then, the company has continued to develop this and other product families targeting applications where the connector ‘must not fail’. Used in defence, aerospace, space, industrial, oil and gas, motorsport and other demanding industries, Harwin is accredited to EN 9100/AS9100C, the international quality system standard for the aerospace industry. Harwin’s portfolio of hi-rel interconnect products now also includes Mix-Tek mixed technology (signal, power, coax) styles, Gecko 1.25mm pitch products and high temperature M300 parts. The company’s full product range is available on short lead times through major distribution channels. Harwin’s direct sales and service extends worldwide via offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, the USA, Germany, France and Singapore.



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