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Astute launches emech division, offers EMI filter inserts for connectors

Astute Electronics has launched a franchised electromechanical division to complement its existing activities, including brokerage, electronic components and value added services.

The division has launched with six franchises – Amphenol, Airborn, Delphi, Fischer, Positronic and Quell. Gary Evans, manager of the Emech division, said the partners were chosen for their innovative products and technologies, as well as their relevance to Astute's key customer base of defence and high reliability companies.

"Names such as Amphenol, Airborn and Delphi speak for themselves," he said. "They have been the preferred choice of our customers for many years, so it is an obvious benefit that we have formalised our relationship with these suppliers. Fischer is also well known and offers products that feature innovative contact technology which are rugged yet space saving and have high environmental ratings."

However, the company is particularly excited the Quell franchise. This allows Astute to offer Quell's EESeal technology, pictured, addressing EMC issues at the design stage and during final test.

EESeal FilterSeals, formed from resilient silicone rubber, can be inserted into standard connector bodies, forming an effective EMI filter and environmental seal.

The inserts can be custom manufactured in as little as seven days and will fit many hi-rel connector formats, including MIL-C-38999 and ARINC, as well as D-subminiature, DIN and custom connectors.

Evans added: "This is an exciting technology. EESeal inserts are an easy retrofit compared to bulky adapters, filtered connectors and other traditional EMI filters. They are smaller, lighter and cheaper and available on a very fast turn around."

Graham Pitcher

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