Smiths Interconnect launches high-power connectors for defence applications

Smiths Interconnect has introduced the HBB five-pole connector, an addition to the already existing single-pole version.

The new five-pole is an expansion on the existing HBB platform, and the new configuration consists of the existing size 21 shell but contains five poles, each with size eight contacts as well as two interlock pins.

This configuration means that in a very tight space, the customer can run five power lines which increases the connectors’ flexibility and offers the ability to run redundant lines as required.

When compared to traditional 38999 screw thread connectors, the HBB series offers a number of additional advantages.

One key advantage comes in the difference of latching mechanism. While a traditional 38999 connector features a threaded lock, the HBB has a quick latch mechanism. Beyond ease of use, this latching feature also provides additional security whilst allowing the end user to group the connectors far closer than other alternatives on the market. The HBB latches simply by pushing the plug until the user hears a click, which is combined with tactile and visual feedback, giving confirmation that the plug is locked.

Another primary value-added benefit of the series is that it’s contacts feature the Hypertac Hyperboloid technology. The Hypertac contacts have low insertion and extraction forces, are easy to mate and demate and provide very low contact resistance.

A further advantage is that it has even higher safety protection than the single pole. The new HBB includes a “last mate first break” safety interlock system enabling automatic power shut-off when connectors are unmated.