TE Connectivity has confirmed that its 369 shielded connector has received ARINC 800 Part Two industry standard classification. This demanding avionics industry specification is an endorsement of the connector’s high quality and performance.
The shielded connector is the latest addition to TE’s 369 series, which features lightweight small form factor connectors that are suited for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), robotics and other harsh environment applications. It is composed of a lightweight composite base material and RoHS compliant nickel metal plating, as well as an integrated backshell which enables termination of cable shields, drain-wires and harness overbraid. The shielding effectiveness is more than 60dB at low frequencies (<150Mhz) and greater than 40dB at high frequencies (<1GHz). When part of a cable harness, the connectors are also designed to withstand an indirect lightning strike of 3.6kA. The connector also features a coupling button lock-out feature to allow for one-handed coupling and uncoupling, an especially important feature when used in awkward access or blind-mate areas.
Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense & Marine Division, commented: “The ARINC 800 Part Two classification indicates to a broader base of TE customers across aerospace, defense and marine industries that this system of connectors is industry-vetted and ready for use. For TE, receiving this classification brings additional prestige and pedigree to our organization while also opening new doors to exciting design opportunities that we haven’t previously had access to.”
“A wide variety of customers benefit from this incredibly versatile new connector. From lighting and seat wiring in commercial aircraft cabin interiors, to electric drive trains in military land and aerospace markets, it offers both space and weight-savings compared to traditional metallic circular connectors with the performance and reliability that always come standard with TE products.”