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Han-Modular®: a compact and versatile solution for production plants

18 June 2018

HARTING’s Han-Modular® is a hybrid connector solution with a combination of different modules. These individual modules can be grouped with others to make up a bespoke single connector. The modular combinations of these connectors are extremely versatile and easy to design, providing a flexible solution for installation in factories, machines and other applications.

Industrial connectors have been used for electrical power transmission purposes since the 1950’s. Initially, it was simply a case of configuring basic and efficient connectors by following manufacturer’s specifications. However, in the 1990’s, Industrial Ethernet networks were introduced for industrialised applications on each factory floor for automation and process control purposes. The progression of this trend fuelled the concept of modularising the HARTING Han® connector so it could combine and transfer different media such as signals, electrical power, gasses and/or liquids, through just one modular connector solution.

What is Han-Modular®?
HARTING’s Han-Modular® is a hybrid connector solution with a combination of different modules. These individual modules can be grouped with others to make up a bespoke single connector. The modular combinations of these connectors are extremely versatile and easy to design, providing a flexible solution for installation in factories, machines and other applications. The modules themselves can vary in each connector and its equivalent transmission media, all depending on the customer’s requirements. Power, signal, data and Processed Compressed Air can be transmitted conjointly through the interface of just one housing or hood. For a permanent stable hold, the modules are loaded into hinged frames and placed in a HARTING housing/hood for protection in diverse and ruggedised environments. These then create one compact and multipurpose connector solution.

Benefits of Han-Modular®: 
• Combination of different modules in one unit
• Shorter installation times
• Compact and space-saving
• Cost-saving
• Future proof

Within the Han-Modular® range, HARTING have created specialised products with a focus on specific industries and applications. Han-Eco® is particularly suited for use in outdoor applications as it is durable and can withstand harsh conditions, as well as benefitting from a quick, tool-less assembly process. Han® HPR is typically used in highly challenging and often wet environments such as external electrical interconnections in vehicles where there are sensitive interconnections that must be protected. Han® Standard is predominantly used within the automobile and mechanical engineering industries where demanding working environments are often experienced.

The automation of machines and plants has evolved, becoming an essential feature within the industrial sector, in order to provide smooth and effective manufacturing processes. Similarly, HARTING’s product range has developed alongside this trend, with over 100 different modules covering several termination techniques now available. Automated production lines require an intensive exchange of data and signals for better process control and maintenance. Han-Modular® connectors are capable of successfully transferring all the data and signals through an interface with the help of the individual modules or entire rows of inserts which can easily be exchanged or replaced.

To support automation, industrial machines and plants are fitted with sensors in order to communicate with powerful computers for management and monitoring purposes. This interaction contributes towards smoother, faster, cost-effective and time-saving processes throughout.

In order to meet these new market needs, HARTING has introduced intelligent connectors, such as Smart-Han® which already have sensors embedded within them. These connectors can be used alongside HARTING’s MICA, becoming the ultimate solution for industrial applications and giving customers a smooth entry into Industry 4.0.

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