PIHR connectors are engineered for automated assembly

Expanding the Datamate family of 2mm pitch, high reliability (hi-rel) connectors, Harwin has announced pin-in-hole reflow (PIHR) connectors to the Datamate series. They have been engineered for use in automated assembly.  Part of the company’s Datamate L-Tek series, the PIHR connectors feature a locking latch. They have 2mm long terminations instead of the 3mm lengths used in standard Datamate connectors.

 Both two- and three- contact versions are available. The locking latch mechanism used in the Datamate PIHR connector series provides rapid mating connection and a high resistance to vibrations without taking up valuable board space, confirmed Harwin.

Datamate PIHR connectors are suited for attaching encoders and sensors to machine tools and robotic systems, where accuracy to determine position and movement is important. They also give reliable connections for industry IoT (IIoT) modules to be installed in environments where exposure to vibration is high.

The connectors are supplied in a tape-and-reel format, to avoid any manual handling before soldering, and can be mounted using automated pick-and-place machinery. Pin-in-hole reflow – also known as pin-in-paste (PIP) – terminations bring the mechanical retention expected from through-hole technology (THT) with the production process advantages and cost-effectiveness of surface mount technology (SMT).

“Modern encoders must deliver high levels of precision, while being able to deal with demanding industrial conditions such as heavy vibrations and high temperatures,” states Ryan Smart, Head of Product Management at Harwin. “Equipment manufacturers need to increase the level of automated assembly, to improve throughput and reduce errors. Datamate PIHR gives them the reliability needed, plus the convenience of being compatible with pick-and-place and reflow processes.”    

For over 70 years, Harwin has been supplying engineers with the connectors they need to meet the most demanding specifications. Harwin’s interconnect portfolio of high-reliability products are designed for high-performance applications, in the harshest operating environments, or within the tightest of spaces.

Today, Harwin products are found in a wide range of markets including space, avionics, defence, robotics, oil/gas, healthcare, and motorsport, plus industrial drives, factory automation systems, unmanned vehicles, smart agriculture and electric vehicle battery management.


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