19 March 2019

Next generation of power connectors for rail

General Industry

Smiths Interconnect announced the release of the next generation of its modular Transformer Connector Range – Heavy Power Series, for on-board power applications within the rail market.

The Transformer Heavy Power Series employs a specialist do-it-yourself system based on the building block principle that allows manufacturers in the Railway industry to design their own interconnect solution by acquiring the connector’s basic piece parts. This translates into design flexibility and cost savings by reducing supply chain, cabling and maintenance costs, at the same time ensuring quick and flexible time to market. 

The key innovation of the next generation of the Transformer Heavy Power Series is Smiths Interconnect’s Tortac® technology, boasting the characteristics of the Hypertac hyperboloid contact on equal pin diameter to feature smaller pitches, higher contact density and higher current ratings.

Suitable for on-board applications requiring the transmission of very high currents such as power distribution, inter-coaches and bogies, the Transformer Heavy Power Series has been designed to ensure the reliability of the interconnect solution in high voltage applications operating in a polluted environment. It contributes to prevent breaks down caused by overvoltage issues, while ensuring passengers’ safety.

A plastic insulator with aluminum frame ensures optimum protection against ballast and allows for weight savings whilst playing an important role in reducing energy consumption.

“Smiths Interconnect has designed a rugged, reliable and high-performance modular solution for railways applications, but also for hybrid and electric vehicles and various other industries.” said Paul Harris, VP Sales and Marketing. “The use of our distinctive Tortac® technology further enhances the connector’s performance and pushes the boundaries of innovation in design and manufacture of interconnect solutions to deliver a competitive edge to our customers.”

For more information visit www.smithsinterconnect.com

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