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29 Aug 14. Northrop Grumman recently hosted the 2014 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Innovation Challenge champions, from the Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) Fujairah Colleges, in Southern California. The weeklong trip took the coed team, named Fujairah Dynamic, on an extensive tour of the region’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilities. The tour is part of Northrop Grumman’s efforts to encourage STEM education across the globe. During their visit, the group visited Northrop Grumman facilities in Redondo Beach, San Diego and Palmdale, learning about the development and production of several systems, including the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft and the James Webb Space Telescope. They also toured the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego, where they learned about the universities’ specialized robotics programs. “One year ago, we were not thinking that we’d be here,” said Mariam Al Meraikhi, team leader for Fujairah Dynamic. “It’s an unexpected gift.” Al Meraikhi added that seeing Northrop Grumman’s unmanned aircraft systems in person was “amazing,” and a source of inspiration for formulating senior project ideas. Fujairah Dynamic beat 13 other teams to win the annual competition, which pairs Northrop Grumman engineering mentors with students from the UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology to design, build and fly unmanned aircraft. The program culminates in a weeklong “challenge” where the teams are evaluated on oral presentations and flight demonstrations related to speed, endurance and navigational precision. Earlier in the week, the group met with the Los Angeles-based UAE Consul General, Mr. Abdulla Al-Saboosi. As head of the newly established consulate, Al-Saboosi expressed his interest in the continued partnership between HCT and Northrop Grumman.
03 Sep 14. Amphenol Industrial Products Group, a global leader in interconnect systems, now offers a heavy duty connector series for size 8 and size 12 power contacts. The new ATHD series is a single pole, rugged, in-line connection system designed to replace splices and provide power wherever its needed. Using Amphenol’s exclusive Radsok technology, the connector reaches higher amperages than other connectors in its class.
Ideal for rugged, high vibration applications found in the heavy equipment and mining markets, the sealed, thermoplastic connectors can be installed and repaired in the field eliminating the need for costly, non-repairable splices. They also feature clip slots for a variety of harness mounting solutions. The size 8 system is rated to 70 amps continuous with the Radsok terminals and has a contact retention of 156 N. The size 12 system is rated to 35 amps continuous with the Radsok terminals and has a contact retention of 133 N. The ATHD series is RoHS compliant and has an IP67 rating. Standard machined and stamped and formed contacts are also offered for both sizes with a variety of platings. The size 12 system has special stamped and formed contacts that will crimp to 16 gage cable where less amperage is needed. Both the power contacts can perform up to 100 mating cycles and have an operating temperature range of -55° C to 125° C. They each have an operating voltage of 1,000 VAC and dielectric withstanding voltage of 1,500 VAC. Insulation resistance for each connector is 1,000 M Ohm. Additional styles and custom solutions, including resin for higher temperatures up to 150°C and seals for harsh fluid applications, are available upon request. Technical Specifications
• 8 crimp contacts are rated to 70 A with the Radsok terminals and 60 A with standard contacts
• 12 crimp contacts are rated to 35 A with the Radsok terminals and 25 A with standard contacts
• Can perform up to 100 mating cycles
• Designed for temperatures of -55°C to 125°C (PN’s for 150°C avail