The fourth Industrial Revolution is witnessing the ever-advancing convergence of the physical with the digital world. The drive to generate added value from data gleaned from machines has seen a rapid rise in the number of sensors and actuators. As a result, networking in machines and systems and the attendant number of connections is increasing in leaps and bounds. In the future, every machine and every component in factory halls will exchange large amounts of information and data. At this year’s “electronica” trade fair this week, HARTING will be presenting innovative, targeted connectivity solutions for the IIoT world in Hall C2, Booth 548.
Infrastructure adapts to new demands in order to ensure that it remains compatible for the coming IIoT and that the demand for ever more intelligent sensors can be met. Devices are getting smaller and smarter, and the connector that’s needed is developing in step with this trend. HARTING kicked off the process of standardizing new interface standards with the new hero of Industrial Ethernet communication (“Captain ix”) back in 2016. Today, the HARTING ix Industrial is a market-available connector that enables device manufacturers to design their devices up to 40% smaller.
In order to manufacture devices efficiently, connectivity must support an optimal manufacturing process. SMT/SMD assembly technology for all interfaces is required to achieve efficient production. To further support automated production, printed circuit board sockets are available on rolls in which device sockets are accommodated in pick-and-place compatible manner. Subsequent handling of the interfaces on the devices is also geared towards performance. Cutting assembly time while simultaneously simplifying and improving operation is one of the indispensable cornerstones of a modern interface.
The PushPull locking technique represents a very significant aspect here, since previously employed interlocks such as screw technology will no longer be adequate for ever-shrinking connections. As a result, the handling aspect of connectivity is assuming increasing importance. HARTING PushPull technology increases operating safety and efficiency during use.
To also make the power supply component of devices simultaneously smaller yet more powerful, HARTING will enhance its M12 Power series in spring 2019 by adding the standardized K coding for power supply. Offering 7.5 kW at 630 V and 16 A, the device interface provides enough power for compact yet powerful drives and represents a future space-saving alternative to 7/8-in. solutions, while also keeping in step with the miniaturization trend.