Harwin is launching standard 8-, 12- and 16-way versions of its rugged Hot Shoe connector that enables rapid and simple connection, yet tolerates mating misalignment and resists dust, water, and chemical ingress. Hot Shoe connectors employ spring-loaded contacts that maintain a positive contact force against the mating half of the connector, thereby ensuring a reliable connection even under the most demanding conditions.
Fabricated using highly durable plastics, the connectors can be polarised to eliminate the possibility of mis-mating. Hot Shoe connectors are very robust, ensuring continued reliability throughout a product's entire lifecycle, whether on the combat arena or in less harsh environments. The new standard Hot Shoe connectors are also suitable for use in portable equipment where separate battery modules are used, for data transfer docking stations and for battery charging and data communications equipment. Other applications include thermal imaging cameras, in-vehicle detachable equipment and hand held scanners
Previously Hot Shoe technology connectors have only been available as custom designs, and the 8-, 12- and 16-way versions that are now being launched as standard products are based on designs that have proved most popular in the past. However, as Harwin retains in-house manufacturing capabilities ranging from initial design consultation to full production, the company is happy to work together with customers on full custom Hot Shoe connector designs.