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Harwin Datamate J-Tek PR May 16

Harwin, the leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has announced that several industries  – satellites, robotics, motor sport – are now preferring to specify the company’s 2mm pitch Datamate family of high reliability connectors with jackscrews, rather than latches or other fixing mechanisms, to ensure secure connection. As well as guaranteeing connector retention and signal integrity, the J-Tek jackscrew fixing is also being used to connect PCBs together in innovative configurations where space is at a premium.

Comments Scott Flower, Harwin’s Global Product Manager for High Reliability Connectors: “As electronics becomes pervasive in harsh environments where high levels of shock and vibration are experienced, customers are demanding fixing solutions that provide the highest confidence levels. Autosport teams, for example, that used to use plastic latches are now moving over to jackscrews for added security. Robotics is another example where repeated mating can lead to the latch wearing, so jackscrews are now commonly preferred.”

Satellites, especially miniature CubeSats, are relying on jackscrews not only to ensure that the connection survives harsh operation conditions, but also to save space. Flower: “One Datamate customer is using the jackscews to connect four boards in a box section. The boards then become self-supporting and the use of space – always a concern in satellite design – is maximised.”

Harwin recommends that users torque Datamate jackscrews to 21 +/- 2 Ncm. This ensures that devices meet EIA specifications for vibration severity. Jackscrews are available with all Harwin’s Datamate and Mix-Tek (mixed signal, power and coax) connectors.

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Harwin is a manufacturer of standard and custom interconnect components with an enviable reputation for high quality and exceptional customer service. Harwin has been successfully manufacturing electronic components for more than 50 years.

Harwin is a manufacturer of standard and custom interconnect components with an enviable reputation for high quality and exceptional customer service. Harwin has been successfully manufacturing electronic components for more than 50 years. Harwin’s sales and service extend worldwide via offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, the US, Germany, Singapore and Taiwan and a worldwide distribution network. Products include high-reliability devices, RFI and PCB hardware and an extensive range of industry-standard interconnection solutions. The company operates a continuous product development programme and offers a custom connector design service.

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