Connectors designed specifically for the medical industry

Paul Boughton

Smiths Connectors has expanded Hypertac HyperGrip product line for medical and other high reliability applications.

HyperGrip now offers more configurations, including connectors with 5 (HG0), 19 (HG3), 33 (HG4), or 80 (HG6) pin positions to complement the growing 12-pin position connector (HG2). Also available, is a shielded version for the HG2, HG3, and HG4 size options for EMI/RFI protection as well as Spring Probe, Fibre Optic (expanded beam and butt joint) and Coaxial contacts.

Designed specifically for the medical industry, the HyperGrip offers a wide range of benefits for design engineers, including user-configurability, an aesthetic design with push-pull latching for easy one-hand mating, and sealing and shielding options. Sealed connectors deliver up to IP67 protection when mated and EMI/RFI shielding protects against signal interference in electrically noisy environments, allowing for the highest degree of safety and reliability within applications.

The HyperGrip‘s keying system and colour-coding make recognition simple and incorrect mating impossible while facilitating quick connections on medical equipment without tying up valuable medical staff time.  Not only does this save time in highly stressed situations but also allows customers greater freedom and diversity to build connectors with six different keying options from a set of common components thereby reducing cost, lead time and inventory.

HyperGrip is designed to meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601, flammability rated to UL94 V0, and is compatible with most sterilization requirements, including Autoclaving, Gamma, EtO and Sterrad.

The flexible design of HyperGrip connectors allows for the use of alternate contact technologies including fibre optic, coaxial, edge card and spring probe options. Custom inserts, cable mount receptacles and cable assemblies (available in select sizes) can also be designed to optimise the customer’s connector solution.

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