UAVs - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Remotely operating a vehicle takes confidence in the hardware. From small camera drones to the world-circling unmanned planes, distance demands sky-high levels of quality. Harwin connectors and board accessories deliver whether you are specifying for size, weight, power, quality – or all four.
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Harwin for UAV applications

Harwin interconnects are used in unmanned aviation programmes by some of the world’s leading manufacturers.

  • Many years experience supplying UAV industry
  • Lightweight, small & reliable interconnects
  • Certified to EN9100D / AS9100D
  • Featured Projects

    Proven high reliability under the most extreme environmental conditions: severe vibration & shock, high temperature and humidity.

    • Project: VTOL drone battery management system.

    • Challenge : New design for civil UAV to scan industrial areas for perimeter security, thermal mapping, leak detection, emergency response and structural inspection. Size Weight and Power (SWaP) from commercially available (CoTS) technology. Reliability was also key as this formed part of a Safety Critical System (SCS).

    • Solution: Reliable and cost effective Datamate Mix-Tek with high power contacts – up to 40A.

    Defense & security UAV
    • Project: Defense & security UAV battery power connection.

    • Challenge : UAV platform with cameras and sensors for surveillance and security applications for threat detection, tracking ground assets, disaster management, search and rescue, crowd control operating up to 4,500 meters with temperature and humidity certification required continuous 60A current through a cable-to-board connection with solder cups on the cable connector.

    • Solution: Kona 2-contact female cable connector mated to the male PCB connector for high-reliability 60A connection. The PCB connector is on the battery side, making the battery easy to disconnect and replace when required.

    Connectors and Hardware for UAV Applications

    When lightweight, small, reliable, and durable components are required, specify Harwin.

    Gecko Connectors

    Gecko-SL, Gecko-MT, Gecko Latch Connectors

  • 2A signal, 10A power
  • Outgassing levels meet NASA / ESA requirements
  • -65°C to +150°C; 20g Vibration, 100g Shock
  • Components to full cable assemblies available
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    Datamate connector

    Datamate J-Tek, Mix-Tek, Power, Coax, L-Tek Connectors

  • 3A signal, up to 40A power, 50Ω coax
  • Outgassing levels meet NASA / ESA requirements
  • -55°C to +125°C; 10g Vibration, 100g Shock
  • Components to full cable assemblies available
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    M300 Connector

    M300 Connectors

  • Up to 10A power
  • Outgassing levels meet NASA / ESA requirements
  • -65°C to +175°C; 20g Vibration, 100g Shock
  • Components to full cable assemblies available
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    Kona Connector

    Kona Connectors

  • 60A per contact
  • -65°C to +150°C; 20g Vibration, 100g Shock
  • Fast action mate-before-lock system
  • cable to board at 8.5 mm pitch
  • Learn more about Kona connectors
    Kontrol Connector

    Kontrol Connectors

  • 1.2A per contact
  • Polarized and shrouded; ready-made cables
  • Board-to-board variable height from 8-20mm
  • 3Gbits/s data rate
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    EMC Shielding

    EMC Shielding

  • SMT Clips and removable nickel silver cans
  • Clips available in corner and very low profile
  • 0.15/0.2/0.3mm thick cans ideal for high frequency
  • Easy for rework and maintenance
  • Learn more about EMC Shielding

    PCB Sockets

  • 2A to 20A options; 2, 3, 4 and 6 beam contacts
  • Mating pin sizes Ø0.46mm to Ø2.30mm
  • SMT and throughboard variations
  • Hi-Rel contact design on two-piece sockets
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    PCB Hardware

    PCB Hardware

  • SMT test points & cable management clips
  • Fixed & removable jumper links
  • Coin cell holders
  • Terminals & spacers/pillars/standoffs
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    Spring contacts

    Spring Contacts & Pads, Pogo Pins

  • Free heights from 1.23mm to 8.20mm
  • High mating durability - 1k to 10k min cycles
  • Working heights from 0.90mm to 7.10mm
  • 1A to 9A max (design dependent)
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