Harting helps facilitate Industry 4.0June 27, 2016 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Harting sees itself as an enabler of Industry 4.0. Its solutions are tools that will help customers develop their theories, ideas and models as they enter the integrated industry. For companies in North America impacted by offshoring and now reshoring, Harting’s plug-and-play technologies offer a simple way for manufacturers to enter this new integrated era in manufacturing.
Issue 30 of the company’s technology newsletter discusses the impact that reshoring in the U.S., in particular, is having on Industry 4.0. (See page 24 of the newsletter to read the article in its entirety.)
A lack of skilled labour and investment
One of the biggest impacts of outsourcing manufacturing to lower cost countries is the loss of skilled labour. With fewer opportunities at home due to outsourcing, U.S. workers pursued other trades. Now as many companies begin to reshore their manufacturing, they’re facing the reality that they cannot find people with the skills they need. They are also facing outdated machines and equipment due to lack of investment and, therefore, are missing opportunities to improve productivity and savings.
Plug and play
Harting’s plug-and-play industrial technologies give customers the opportunity to improve productivity and save on costs. They don’t require highly skilled technicians for installation. Instead, they can be easily installed by entry-level contractors. In addition, these products reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the need for additional components to protect wiring from damage, which would require extensive (and expensive) rewiring.
For example, Harting’s Han-Modular technology gives engineers the ability to combine power, signal and data into one connector system. The result is a simple and efficient installation process. This is why many companies are already making the switch to connector-based cable assemblies for use in factories and process automation and control systems.
A partner in Industry 4.0
By enabling this quick and simple implementation of connector-based cable assemblies, Harting is allowing its customers to meet the demands of Industry 4.0 in their own backyards, giving these companies a competitive advantage and reducing complexity at the same time.
To learn how Harting can help you meet the demands of Industry 4.0 in Canada, contact the company’s Canadian subsidiary.