Panel Builder System Integrator

Harting

May 18, 2018

Six key trends are driving HARTING’s development program for the cyber-physical control infrastructure needed for advanced manufacturing. HARTING’s strategy, outlined by Jon DeSouza, President and CEO of HARTING Americas to guests at the company’s Open House at EDS Summit 2018 in Las Vegas this week, covers the company’s solutions for the digital production environment.

These six key trends are miniaturization, modularization, identification, integration, customization, and digitalization said DeSouza. “All six are important for realizing the full potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), including the analytical benefits derived from Big Data. Globally, a great deal of emphasis is being placed on gathering, distilling and analyzing data at the Edge and in the Cloud, and with good reason because of how it can improve the entire supply chain. At the same time, HARTING is very focused on integrated solutions that include power and/or signal transmission, which are indispensable to optimizing IIoT manufacturing.”

DeSouza outlined what HARTING is contributing to each of the six trends.

Miniaturization: As more data via ever-smaller devices and sensors is added in the IIoT environment, more connection points are required. As a consequence, applications cannot get larger, so components must either offer higher density or a smaller footprint.  One of the products DeSouza pointed to is the award-winning ix Industrial®. This extraordinary new connector series delivers Cat 6A performance for 1/10 Gbits/s Ethernet. This new standard requires 70% less installation space than the legacy RJ45.

Modularization: Modularization means offering flexible, reconfigurable production elements that have standardized interfaces for mechanical connections and power, data and signal transmission. HARTING’s Han-Modular® series illustrates this trend perfectly. Introduced to the market in 1994, this revolutionary connector concept allows the combination of multiple connection types into a single interface, for significant space-saving and flexibility as well as future-proofing. 

Last October, HARTING launched a new campaign focusing on Han-Modular® to capitalize on this trend.  In the six months since the launch, the company’s Americas group has seen a 23% increase in Han-Modular® sales, 27% increase in sample orders and a thirty-fold increase in Han-Modular® webpage views.  This illustrates just how important modular connectors are to the industry.

Identification: Adding tracking functionality to systems through technology like RFID gives an object the ability to store information about itself throughout its entire lifecycle and have that information easily retrieved. This need is especially important in the industrial space. In 2006, HARTING introduced an industrial RFID solution developed specifically for utmost reliability even in harsh operating environments, with a product lineup that has continued to grow over the past dozen years.

Integration: Implementing communications protocols allows systems and sub-systems to talk to one another. Among its many current and planned functions, HARTING’s MICA serves as an ideal communications hub in a decentralized IIoT production environment. For example, the HARTING MICA has been used for energy monitoring in factory settings. It can monitor the amount of power used at the machine, measure power quality, provide insights into machine health and ensure process quality.

Customization:  Adapting standard components to the needs of specific industries is highly cost-effective and responsive to customer needs. For example, HARTING customized the hood for its tremendously popular, economical Han-Eco® series of thermoplastic connectors to make them suitable for data center applications. This is why the customized Han-Eco® was selected as the connector for Microsoft’s open-source Project Olympus data center developed through the Open Compute Project.

Digitalization: Digitalization is taking things that typically do not transmit data or are analog and make them digital so that they can be integrated into larger IIoT systems. The flexible configuration possibilities with MICA mean shop floor and machine operations can be retrofitted to perform digital, networked applications for more efficient production processes, predictive maintenance, and documentation of process data.

“Innovation has always been a hallmark of HARTING – it’s always been part of in our corporate DNA,” said DeSouza. “Yet I can’t remember another time when we have been involved in so many developments that are changing how things are made.” 

Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  The new Crimpfox DUO 10 crimping pliers from Phoenix Contact are perfect  when ...
  As easy as pick, slip and apply!  This intuitive multi-tool is designed to help ...
  Strong Hand Tools®, manufacturer of innovative Strong Hand Tools® Welding Clamps, ...
  Strong Hand Tools®, manufacturer of innovative Strong Hand Tools® Welding Clamps, ...
  Keeping your bins full just got a lot easier – and a lot faster. Each IRWIN ...
Using connectors on UL 508A cabinets used to be a huge hassle for the panel-builder. As a result, ...
  Delta Controls launches support page for CP2000 variable frequency drives and bypass ...
  ABB Automation Builder is the integrated software suite for machine builders and system ...
  Eaton's Power Xpert Branch Circuit Monitor (PXBCM) provides remote access to live energy ...
  The Fluke 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyzer adds key mechanical measurement ...

Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
  Few industrial innovations have weathered the years as well as heavy duty connectors. ...
As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and ...
  Engineers play a key role in the advancement of our infrastructure and the development ...
  Kymera Systems is located in Leduc, Alberta and provides scalable IIoT solutions and the ...
  JAE Automation is proof positive that a cutting-edge, high-tech company can work with ...
  Nivek Automatisation is a forward-thinking company focused on providing advanced ...
Recently Panel Builder & Systems Integrator was invited to Rittal Canada’s Head ...
  New Electric first opened its doors in 1970, in Burlington, Ontario. The electrical ...
  Changes are coming hard and fast to the control and automation sectors, obligating a rise ...
  OPUS Automation was founded in 1998 in Ancaster, On and provides robotic and automation ...

Hannover Messe 2018

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Peña Nieto set the tone on day one of the HANNOVER MESSE/CeMAT double-header. Asked to shake hands with a robot, they both went for the more casual fist bump – a symbol for the relaxed, natural interaction of humans with digitization, robots and machine learning.

"Technology is not about competing with us humans; it's about assisting us. That is the core message conveyed by this trade fair, which has again underscored Hannover's reputation as a global hotspot for the digital transformation of industry," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe, at the close of HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT. 

Read More

 

ATS AutomationATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TSX: ATA) ("ATS" or the "Company") an industry-leading automation solutions provider, today announced the receipt of new enterprise Order Bookings from Bruce Power valued at approximately CAD $60 million. ATS was selected by Bruce Power to design and deliver innovative automated reactor component removal tools for their Major Component Replacement (MCR) project. ATS' solutions will enable Bruce Power to safely and efficiently remove and replace each reactor's 480 fuel channels and calandria tubes to update the reactors for continued safe and long service.

Read More

 

Latest Articles

  • Prev
  The Internet of Thing (IoT) is changing the world beyond recognition, both in the ...
  We often take for granted the intricate mechanisms that are at work to ensure electricity ...
  SCADA, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, is a software application used for ...
  Linear, part of The Flodraulic Group of companies, is the world’s leading ...
Panel Builder & Systems Integrator recently had the opportunity to attend Hannover Messe ...
  To keep pace in the machine design industry, companies require a delicate balance of ...
  Today, organizations, especially the midsize ones, often find themselves in a quandary. ...

CSAAs the industrial and manufacturing sectors continue the shift from centralized to decentralized operations, the world of production as we know it will change completely. This new era, commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0, is characterized by—smart manufacturing processes where a plethora of intelligent machines, systems, and networks independently exchange and respond to information to manage production. When it comes to industrial control systems, cybersecurity evaluation becomes a necessary extension of functional safety.

Read More

 

Product News

  • Prev
  The new sensor PRO safety limit switches (series SLS) from Wieland provide safe ...
  HARTING is making it easy to implement Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions ...
  Emerson today introduced a cost-effective, easy-to-install and simple-to-operate ...
  Festo is addressing the desire of machine designers for more compact control cabinet ...
  With its compact size and flexible configuration possibilities, Festo’s new high ...
  Industry-leading industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas ...
  Phoenix Contact’s new VAL-US surge protection is Listed to UL 1449 and is available ...
  Balluff's industry-leading IO-Link master portfolio gets a power boost with enhanced ...
  Phoenix Contact is expanding the limits of safety and availability! QUINT POWER now ...
  Balluff's newest ceramic caps extend sensor life and minimize downtime by providing a ...
Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2018 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil