Smartnoble Defense Push-pull Connectors
Smartnoble Defense Push-pull Connectors are perfectly suited for Aerospace, Defence and Security applications.
Performance requirements for defence and security equipment are rapidly evolving and becoming very high-tech to counter new threats. Connectivity solutions therefore need to be constantly improved to modernise equipment and customize it for people working in the most demanding and critical situations. By teaming up with the world’s military, and its defence suppliers and contractors, Smartnoble Connectors has created a vast range of state-of-the-art interconnection products for all types of Aerospace, Defence and Security applications. Smartnoble’s rugged, sealed circular connectors meet rigorous requirements for soldier equipment. They are used in almost all aspects of the soldier system, e.g. CPU’s, radios, battery packs, and helmet- and weapon-mounted systems. Beyond the soldier system, they are also integrated into security and surveillance systems, unmanned vehicles, simulation training equipment, secure data transfer, and anything else that requires connectors that can withstand harsh environments.
With waterproof sealing to IP68/IP69 mated and unmated plus three independent sealing barriers, they withstand shocks, vibrations, immersion, corrosion and extreme temperatures. This ensures long-term reliability. Manufactured under the most stringent quality conditions, they have been tested to strict IEC standards, comparable to MIL-Specs. These secure push-pull connections can easily be combined with other product lines that reduce the soldier’s fighting load and power requirements, improve the soldier’s protection, effectiveness, and environmental and situational awareness.
Ultra-resistance combined with ultra-lightness is increasingly in demand. The durable Smartnoble Ultra Series (Fischer Ultimate Equivalent) connectors are best for tough applications when weight matters. Rugged, compact and lightweight, they have extremely robust mechanical keying, IP68/69K sealing even unmated (tested on request up to 120m submersion for 24 hours), 360° EMC shielding using a grounding contact ring. They therefore offer exceptional shock, vibration and corrosion resistance, and can operate at temperatures from -55°C to +135°C. To meet security needs, they also have locking push pull or emergency release, robust keying with 4 different codes, blind mating, anti-reflective and conductive body coating in grey anthracite. Designed to be highly configurable, they offer a choice of crimp, solder or PCB contacts, plus bend relief and color overmolding. This means they can readily be adapted to equipment manufacturers’ specific needs, and integrated into specialized products for all types of Aerospace, Defence and Security applications.
Miniaturization is the key to powering the modern soldier and packing more functionality into smaller devices. For example, the high-density Smartnoble Min-max Series (Minimax Equivalent) is a unique miniature signal and power solution suited to applications when density, signal & power, and size matter. It is now available as a standalone connector, or as a complete pre-cabled solution, in both in 19 and 24 pin configurations. The 24 pin configuration has 4 power and 20 signal contacts, with the option of two advanced contacts for USB power connections within the signal contacts. They’re tough too, with IP68 (2m/24h) sealing, both mated and unmated, an unbreakable keying system that withstands over 4 Nm of torque, and over-molded assemblies able to withstand 40 kg of pull (break-away) force. Replacing multiple connectors with a single connector saves space and weight, giving designers more flexibility and soldiers greater agility.
Portability, wearability and usability are also key considerations when designing defence and security equipment. Miniature solutions such as Min-max are ideal for hand-held or body-worn applications, as well as for unmanned land- and air-based vehicles, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) products. Push-pull and quick release locking systems make Min-max ideal for disassembling equipment and exiting quickly, and the screw locking system withstands the most severe vibration conditions. In addition, it is especially user-friendly, being easy to operate, clean and maintain. “It’s exciting to reach the next level of miniaturization, making the Smartnoble Min-max ™ Series even easier to use. We’ve just added the last missing piece of the puzzle with the new cable receptacle version for the three different locking systems. The Min-max connectors can be plugged and unplugged quickly and easily, even with one hand or wearing gloves, which is essential when you need to move fast”, says Wim Vanheertum, Min-max Product Manager at Smartnoble Connectors.
Speed is also key when it comes to communications and data transfer. The integration of fiber optics is a continuing trend in military technology, enabling faster and more reliable communications. The state-of-the-art Smartnoble FiberOptic Series connectors enable large transfer of data in harsh environments. They combine high-quality optical performance indoors and outdoors with ease of use, field cleaning and maintenance. There’s a choice of fiber optic solutions (with two or four optical channels), and fiber optic hybrid solutions (with two fiber channels and two power contacts). IP67 sealing unmated and IP68 mated provides unmatched device protection.
Quick and easy connecting and disconnecting is assured, even in the dark and with one hand, thanks to the FiberOptic Series’ push-pull locking system. Quick deployment is possible due to pre-cabling. New accessories and pre-configured reels simplify technical support teams’ lives by facilitating fiber optic deployment and transmission testing in the field. Fast and in-depth cleaning of equipment, required on most missions, saves a lot of maintenance time and avoids accidental damage to equipment. The FiberOptic Series removable sleeve holder (monobloc mate adapter) enables users to clean end faces easily in the field, and so keep their kit in top condition.
Data portability and security are other important factors to bear in mind.
All of the products in Smartnoble Connectors’ extensive portfolio can easily be combined to design a unique solution for any Aerospace, Defence or Security application.