Connector-assembly specialist expands MIL-DTL-38999 production capacity
In response to growing demand from the defence sector, franchised connector-assembly specialist PEI-Genesis has significantly expanded the MIL-DTL-38999 production capability at its 65,000 ft2 European assembly facility in Southampton. The company is QPL listed by the US Department of Defense for assembling the MIL-DTL-38999 Series I, II and III military circular connectors manufactured by Amphenol.Some
“We were able to set up the new assembly lines very rapidly because we had already established a supply-chain partnership with Amphenol,” commented Tony Houghton, operations manager at the Southampton facility. “This involves very close collaboration between the two organisations and provides a framework for open communication between personnel at every level.”
Specifically, PEI-Genesis and Amphenol were able to share each other’s knowledge of MIL-DTL-38999 assembly techniques and tooling, ensuring that the most efficient processes were used from the outset.
As a result, PEI-Genesis invested in several new items of equipment, including two high-resolution inkjet marking machines, two customised mechanical flow ovens for print curing, and two staking machines for the mechanical retention of the MIL-DTL-38999 connector inserts.
“This investment has enabled PEI-Genesis to increase the Southampton facility’s annual MIL-DTL-38999 capacity from around 60,000 connectors to over 200,000,” said Houghton.
All assembly work is carried out under the company’s ISO 9001:2000 quality system, and every connector undergoes MIL-DTL-38999 Group A testing to ensure 100% mateability.
As well as handling Amphenol’s MIL-DTL-38999 connectors, the new assembly lines will also be used for derivative products such as the Amphe-Lite range of composite circular connectors and the Amphe-EX series of ATEX-approved hazardous-area connectors.