HARTING has developed its Han configurator tool for industrial connectors that enables designers to quickly obtain all decision-relevant data for an interface they need. Users need only enter three parameters — the number of contacts, required voltage, and current strength — to obtain a visual presentation of an initial potential solution. The solution can then be accepted or further refined. Equally adequate alternatives can be obtained with a just few mouse clicks.
There are two ways to work with the configurator:
- With selection support: input the number of contacts, voltage and current strength, and the configurator develops suggestions for suitable interfaces.
- Without selection support: individuals familiar with the Han portfolio have the option to construct the interface in the configurator on their own, e.g. select housing top/bottom, specify pin/socket inserts, etc.
Regardless of which option the user chooses, the Han configurator makes it easy to master the topic of “connectors” despite increasingly complex requirements and generally high product diversification. The most important aid is clarity, which is achieved by employing a 3D model to continuously visualize the state of the user’s component selection. In addition to the technical data that’s entered, the configurator factors in previous decisions. As a result, parts that don’t match with a previous selection are no longer displayed as an option — making it impossible to combine components incorrectly.
The new configurator also makes collaboration easier. Interface solutions which have been developed can be saved, shared and called up at any time. “The configurator enables a new kind of cooperation between manufacturer and supplier,” said Andreas Wedel, Head of the Technical Competence Center at HARTING Electric.
The HARTING Technology Group