Hypertronics developed this interconnect in response to the medical trends toward less invasive procedures, for applications such as electrophysiology catheters, endoscopes and intravascular ultrasound. A sterilization cable for multiple mating cycles links to the interconnect through a single-use connector, and you can add embedded electronics. The connector can take as many as 100,000 mating cycles and has less-than 8mV contact resistance for small-signal contacts, using the Hypertac® contact system. This system uses a contact sleeve made out of wires that stretch around the pins when inserted, for many linear contact paths.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.