Smiths Connectors has expanded its Hypertac HyperGrip product line for medical and other high reliability applications. This product range now offers more configurations, including connectors with 5 (HG0), 19 (HG3), 33 (HG4), or 80 (HG6) pin positions to complement the growing 12-pin position connector (HG2). Also available, is a shielded version for the HG2, HG3, and HG4 size options for EMI/RFI protection as well as Spring Probe, Fibre Optic (expanded beam and butt joint) and Coaxial contacts.
These devices are designed specifically for the medical industry, offering a wide range of benefits, including user-configurability, an aesthetic design with push-pull latching for easy one-hand mating, and sealing and shielding options. Sealed connectors deliver up to IP67 protection when mated and EMI/RFI shielding protects against signal interference in electrically noisy environments, allowing for the highest degree of safety and reliability within applications.
The connectors feature an innovative keying system and colour-coding that makes recognition simple and incorrect mating less likely while facilitating quick connections on medical equipment. The range offers six different keying options from a set of common components aiming to reduce cost, lead time and inventory.
The connectors meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601, flammability rated to UL94 V0, and are compatible with most sterilization requirements, including Autoclaving, Gamma, EtO and Sterrad.
We’ve considered the needs of the market place, and have designed a connector that delivers a broader array of choices to our customers. The latest version of our cost-effective HyperGrip Series is a direct response to what customers have been asking us to implement,“ said Gabriel Guglielmi, Vice President of Business Development for Smiths Connectors.
“This product series provides the reliability, variety, ease of use, additional capabilities and added functionalities that customers require and is an attractive alternative to other interconnection solutions available today.”
The flexible design of these connectors allows for the use of alternate contact technologies including fibre optic, coaxial, edge card and spring probe options. Custom inserts, cable mount receptacles and cable assemblies (available in select sizes) can also be designed to optimise the customer’s connector solution.