Omnetics’ Ruggedized Strip Connectors Proven in Extreme Environments

Published: 14 Aug 2014
Omnetics Micro Strip connector

Omnetics Micro Strip connector

The Omnetics range of high reliability strip connectors feature ruggedized insulators and military quality Flex Pin® technology, and have proven both signal integrity and reliability in many of the most demanding instruments, including mission critical portable electronics for armed forces’ systems.

The ultra-low profile and rugged format are suited to both inside-the-box and board to board solutions. The key elements, pins and sockets, have passed QPL standard tests in complimentary designs by using a beryllium-copper spring metal-pin for mating and employ nickel and gold plating. The insulator body of high-strength polyphenylene sulfide provides excellent dielectric qualities to help manage signal quality and the ruggedness to offer very low-profile interconnects for higher density stacked modules. Up to 26 gauge Teflon® insulated stranded wires are used to provide up to 3 Amps of current when needed. Wires are crimped to the contacts and sealed with an epoxy back-potting system that insures wire retention and strain relief.

The “Micro Latch” mechanism is factory installed and provides a positive locking that operates easily and quickly. Connector formats are available for board surface mount, through-hole, and cable to cable connections. Pin counts range from 2 to over 20 positions including one or two row designs.

Omnetics’ micro strip connectors are particularly suited to applications where ruggedness is critical, such as in unmanned aerial vehicles which demand rugged performance combined with low weight and small size. Land based robotic circuits have high shock and continuous vibration requirements and contain field replaceable modules that need to be switched quickly.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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