New Solutions introduced for weight reduction and fast data transfer

At this year’s InnoTrans, the world’s leading trade fair for the rail industry, HARTING will once again be showcasing numerous innovative solutions and products. At the same time, the technology group will focus on the three trend topics of Weight Reduction, Easy Handling and Data Increase.

Weight reduction plays an increasingly important role in rail vehicle construction, and connectors can make a measurable contribution here. For trains and trams, the continuous transition from metal to plastic can reduce the weight of connector housings by up to 50% from one generation to the next.

Consequently, HARTING has extended the Han-Eco plastic connector series by adding housings in Han B size. The advantage: the housings are plug-compatible with Han connectors in metal housings. This makes HARTING’s connectors even more flexible.

HARTING offers the largest selection of contact inserts for industrial connectors. More than 100 different modules and at least as many monoblocks are available for the transmission of power, data, signals and compressed air.

The plastic housings are not only lightweight, they can also be mounted quickly. For standard connectors, cables must be routed through a mounting cut-out in order to assemble the inserts on the control cabinet. With the Han-Eco B, monoblocks and modular inserts can be pre-assembled and snap directly into the mounting housing. The new option makes work easier: harnesses and control cabinets can be prepared separately for final assembly.

Tool-less assembly via PushPull

HARTING offers its PushPull solutions in order to simplify assembly and service in the railway sector (Easy Handling) and make it more reliable. The M12 circular connector is now also available with PushPull locking. For device connection technology, there is also the easy-to-use PushPull system in the square connector variant 4. Both with M12 and with variant 4, the secure transmission of power, signals and data up to Cat. 6A can be managed problem-free.

The advantage of PushPull connectors is their tool-free installation, regardless of whether round or square versions are used. They are simply gripped and mated. An audible click signals that the connectors have been securely locked and correctly connected – and thereby saves up to 75% of assembly time.