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March 22, 2018

Smiths Interconnect Releases the ultra-reliable, cost-effective Eclipta™ Connector System An innovative solution for disposable medical applications

Smiths Interconnect today announced the release of Eclipta. This high performance edge card technology for disposable medical applications has a range of innovative features that allow for quick and reliable connections whilst delivering the serviceability and affordability required by a broad range of critical medical devices.
 
The easy assembly and high density interconnect design makes it ideal for use with ablation cathethers, RF generators, home healthcare devices, value medical systems and many other disposable medical devices.
 
For electrophysiology catheter applications, Eclipta connectors bridge the gap between the catheter and the extension cable. A standout feature of Eclipta is the fact that the PCB acts as the contact in the connector. Since the board is often part of the disposable device, it eliminates the cost of the contact system on that side. In addition, its plug and play design provides effortless termination and virtually eliminates the potential contact damage associated with the termination process. An added benefit to incorporating the board inside the connector is the ability to add active surface mount components such as EEPROM to either side of the board.   
 
Eclipta solutions have a storage/processing temperature range from -40° to +135° C, which allows for use with standard sterilization protocols (Autoclave, EtO, & Sterrad®). The high mating lifecycle life of up to 2500 cycles increases the MTBF (mean time between failures) and the fingerproof contacts on the reusable side contribute to the safety of patients and medical personnel.
 
Eclipta has been developed to deliver benefits to healthcare providers while addressing their real-world manufacturing process needs, as its component design facilitates easy assembly and increased assembly labor efficiency. Additional benefits include mass termination of catheter wires directly to the PCB in the disposable and reusable sides, scalability, customization and the possibility to be re-worked on the reusable side.
 
“Smiths Interconnect is committed to bringing the best-in-class interconnect solutions to the worldwide medical community”, says Paul Harris, VP Sales, Smith Interconnect. “We consider ourselves an all-round business partner to our customers, much more than just a supplier. This operating principle is what differentiates us in the marketplace. Eclipta is an innovative and truly cost-effective interconnect solution for disposable medical applications that delivers a competitive edge to customers whilst also protecting their technology investments.”