Harting has simplified rear-facing connector assembly by adding industry standard Han B size to its Han-Eco range of robust, flexible and corrosion-resistant connectors.
The Han-Eco range is made of high-performance plastic and is suitable for use in demanding industrial environments.
The addition of the new unit allows users more flexibility in configuring the family in industrial applications. In particular, the ability to snap contact inserts into the mounting housing from the rear simplifies equipping control cabinets with interfaces.
The Han-Eco B differs from the Han B industrial connector in a metal housing chiefly in the ability to accommodate assembly from the rear.
Unlike applications using the Han B standard housing, where the cables are first routed through the assembly cut-out in order to take care of the inserts outside the control cabinet, Han-Eco B allows the prefabricated inserts to be snapped in directly from the interior.
This facilitates the assembly of prefabricated units since the electrical cabinet and cable harnesses can be pre-assembled separately. The allocation of labour is improved, working time and costs are saved and, if necessary, processes can also be outsourced.
The new plastic connectors are plug-compatible with the equivalent metal variants. All contact inserts and modules that can be integrated into the metal housing also fit into the plastic housing.
This opens up numerous options for combining new units with existing equipment. Production planners and machine developers have the freedom to choose the material – metal or plastic – for interfaces in line with their needs.
The compatibility of the mating faces enables the gradual introduction of the Han-Eco B in an industrial environment. Existing testing equipment in production can be used for both variants.