At last year's special trade fairs the HARTING Technology Group has been showcasing numerous innovative connectivity products and solutions for smart and digital automation.
Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board of the Technology Group, expressed his satisfaction with the recently concluded 2017/18 financial year. "We once again grew at a double-digit rate. Growth came from all regions and sectors, but our business was given a strong push above all by mechanical engineering, automation and robotics," Harting stated.
The HARTING Technology Group offers products and solutions which meet the demands of customers and industries, as underscored impressively by the latest standardisation efforts. These saw HARTING successfully establish a new norm for miniaturised Ethernet interfaces on the market with its ix Industrial® and IEC 61076-3-124.
HARTING presented examples of real production and handling processes to demonstrate which specific solutions are needed, to e.g. depict holistic services such as predictive maintenance with Edge devices. Or, as well, the performance that new connectivity must have in the world of Integrated Industry. For example, in the automotive industry, IIoT and its ever smaller automation devices will pose new challenges to the requisite data infrastructure.
These devices, e.g. proximity sensors or camera systems, must be quick and easy to install (Plug&Produce). Here, the operator strives for the best possible availability of the production system with the intention of keeping costs for installation and service as low as possible.
However, the customer does not expect proprietary solutions, but rather market-compliant standards. With IEC 6107-3-125, HARTING takes another big step here down the road leading to the standardisation of Single Pair Ethernet.
All relevant standardisation committees have now opted for the HARTING design of an SPE mating face. For the protocol, this is IEEE802.3, and for the cabling it is ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 and TIA 42. HARTING's active and successful standardisation efforts have thus also set the cornerstones and prerequisites for easier, IP-based Ethernet connection right down to individual sensors in the field of Single Pair Ethernet as well. The advantage for the user: space and weight savings while eliminating hitherto required gateways.
HARTING used an example production process to demonstrate how advanced and powerful connectivity for transmitting data, power and signals simplifies the interaction between IIoT and automation.
While “the little heroes” Captain ix, Tw1ster and MissM8ty have dedicated themselves to miniaturisation and the transmission of high data rates since 2016, Dr. Metrix brings additional strengths to the table. HARTING's new heroine stands for clever PushPull technology on metric circular connectors and seconds-fast connection.
PushPull locking technology is becoming increasingly important since, as connectors become smaller and smaller, previously known locking techniques such as screw locking will no longer be up to the task. HARTING will use the trade show to present the next member of our heroes: Dr. Metrix is the M12 PushPull for all aspects of Factory Automation.
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HARTING’s Han-Modular® Flexbox makes it possible to reliably supply the linearly moving components of machines and systems – and represents a novel interface in the modular plastic housing system from HARTING. The Flexbox makes it easier to install and maintain longer, moving cable runs for machines and machine modules.
The Han-Modular® Flexbox makes it possible to divide energy chains in particular into flexibly manageable and easily replaceable segments. The modular housing concept replaces the previous implementation that features numerous individual connections, and offers a single mating and disconnection point as a compact overall solution.
This slashes the effort that goes into constructing connections, and less space is needed. The housings can be joined in different constellations by using connector elements. Both the height and width of the interface can be designed flexibly. The Han-Modular® Flexbox thus fits the requirement profile of a broad array of applications. The Han-Modular® Flexbox was developed in a co-engineering process with HARTING partner igus.
Quick installation with Han® ES Press HMC
One of the core requirements of flexible production is to quickly install machines and modules, retrofit them at any time and operate them without disruption. With the Han® ES Press HMC series, HARTING has developed suitable interfaces that can be installed quickly without tools and that are extremely robust – given the fact that they can withstand at least ten thousand mating cycles.
The quick-connection technology goes by the name of Han® ES Press HMC, with the suffix standing for High Mating Cycles. The Han® ES Press series offers the additional advantage of outstanding resistance to vibration. This is due to how tight the conductor sits due to the constant pressure of the cage clamp. The advantage for the customer: installation and connection times are reduced in comparison to conventional cage clamps, screw connections and hard-wiring techniques.
Erneut zweistelliges Umsatzwachstum für die HARTING Technologiegruppe
Espelkamp-based HARTING Technology Group once again achieved double-digit growth during the 2017/18 financial year. Notching up an increase of 13.4%, the globally active family-owned company achieved sales of € 762 million (previous year: € 672 million), setting yet another record for its 73-year corporate history.
“This is a top-notch performance that makes us proud. We’re very satisfied with the development of our business," said Board Chairman Philip Harting. With the renewed jump in sales, HARTING has taken another big step towards becoming a global company. Growth came from all regions and all markets, and the company has now more than doubled its sales in ten years: sales amounted to € 345 million during fiscal 2007/08.
"Our global network of development, production and sales companies means we’re in an excellent position. Our customers know that they can count on the proven HARTING quality of our products, connectivity solutions and services. HARTING is a trailblazer and partner of Industry 4.0.”
Harting further emphasised the point, stating "Wherever automation, digitisation and networking machines to the Cloud are involved, our products and solutions are among the world's best in the industry." Harting noted that growth had been driven particularly by momentum from the market segments transportation, mechanical engineering, automation and robotics.
The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 13 production plants and branches in 44 countries.
Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2017/18 business year, some 5,000 employees generated sales of EUR 762 million.