Harwin, the leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has announced that a prize-winning underwater robot project, designed and built for the international SAUC-E (Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge – Europe) program by students from the University of the West of England (UWE), depends on hi-rel Datamate connectors to deliver reliable power and signal transmission, even in challenging conditions.
SAUC-E challenges student engineers to design and build an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and then perform realistic missions in the underwater environment. Harwin’s 2mm pitch Mix-Tek Datamate connector family proved to be highly-suitable for the project, combining both power and signal contacts in one space-saving shell. Contact design ensures that signal integrity is maintained ever under severe operating conditions of temperature, shock and vibration.
Harwin has sponsored UWE’s work for a number of years, and the team performed well in the most recent SAUC-E challenge, winning the Smart Technology Award.