Harwin was invited to review several applications required by AEA Technology Battery Systems Ltd (ABSl), an Intelligent Battery and Charger Solutions manufacturer, for inclusion into a major contract bid for a UK Ministry of Defense project. The application consisted of a number of interconnection products for use within a military communications system battery pack.
At the time of meeting with the customer, the project was well underway and other potential suppliers were slow in reacting to their requirements. The target set for Harwin was to provide technically acceptable solutions and prototype parts, at a competitive cost within a 6-week period. A tall order, but one that was achieved by building a strong core team from Harwin staff and the customer's representatives.
The first connector reviewed was the 10 Way Hot Shoe Connector. This is the main connector between the system and battery.
The design consists of two main parts:
The second connector required was a Charging Connector. This connector consisted of two halves, both insert molded and both using proven Harwin technology to ensure a reliable solution.
All connectors supplied has to meet strict requirements. These included:
As part of the extended life requirements of these two items, both connectors can be serviced with a repair kit, allowing damaged connection points to be replaced without the need to disassemble the whole battery. This ensures that any battlefield damage can be easily rectified either at a service base or by a return to the vendor.
In addition to the two main connectors listed above, Harwin has also provided a number of other smaller, custom parts as well as a number connectors assembled into cable harnesses, simplifying the supply chain and keeping vendor numbers low.
By choosing Harwin as their preferred vendor, ABSL has benefited from a solid technical working partnership and the economies of scale for larger product purchases. The level of integration between both teams has effectively shortened the lines of communication between both companies.
"Harwin were selected by us due to the swift response to our urgent enquiry and the technical excellence and quick turnaround in producing prototype drawings and components. Praise has got to be attributed to the Harwin team for the high levels of commercial awareness and customer commitment we have experienced."
Senior Project Engineer - AEA Technology Battery Systems Ltd
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