Connectivity trends according to HARTING: Modularization benefitsSeptember 4, 2019 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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In this five-part article, HARTING Canada explores the five main trends in industrial connectivity today. The previous three parts have examined connectors versus hardwiring, choices in form factor, and miniaturization. This fourth part deals with modularization and how it makes flexibility easy. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The benefits of modularization
Modularization refers to flexibility, the ability of an object to change or be modified quickly and easily. In manufacturing modular production floors, production floors that change completely depending on a specific job are common. Modular robots that are moved daily or hourly now make up a significant workforce on the production line.
The building blocks of modularization are easy customization. A robot moving for a specific job, a manufacturing floor changing daily or weekly depending on the job, and even the ability to quickly customize components within standard lead times are expected within the idea of modularization.
In all of these instances, connectors are a key component that enables modularization. Hardwiring would make modular robots or production floors nearly impossible, very impractical, and extremely expensive. Even at the component level, easily customizable, hybrid connectors that use standard parts are playing a key role in enabling modularization.
Examples of HARTING products that make great use of modularization include the following:
- Han-Modular industrial connectors. These allow users to design connectors optimally to supply machinery and equipment.
- PushPull connectors. Compact, outdoor-rated solutions for a safe, shock-and-vibration-resistant connection.
- The Han-Eco B line. Efficient pre-assembly of cable harnesses to save time and money.
Coming in Part 5: Smart connectivity, the next generation of connectors.
About the company
HARTING employs approximately 3,900 people worldwide. With manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia, and the United States, HARTING makes products that serve all levels of the automation pyramid, from device to machine and into the communication infrastructure. The Canadian affiliate is based in Montreal.
For more information, contact HARTING.