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Harting debuts har-modular system for ultimate PCB flexibility

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Harting has debuted a new PCB connector that promises to give you a trillion combination possibilities for data, signal and power, dubbed har-modular. 

The company created the new har-modular PCB connector due to the ever shorter cycles in the development of new devices in the industrial arena. This is paired with the fact that devices are becoming more compact, meaning developers need to find a solution for transmitting data, signals or power within these constraints. 

As a modular principle, in terms of size and architecture, har-modular is based on the DIN 41612 ledges that have been in use for many decades. Instead of relying on a large number of rigid solutions, har-modular now provides a modular system of different modules for the transmission of all vital lifelines by way of a convenient online configurator.

The company says that as a result of its work on har-modular, developers can combine and order individual modules for power, signals and data that are customised and fine-tuned to their applications. 

Harting says that the various modules enable a trillion possible combinations meeting every conceivable application and can be ordered from batch size one. This means that prototypes can be fitted very quickly, flexibly and cost efficiently, while series production can also be launched.

Simplicity is supposed to be key with the new har-modular system, which is why Harting has debuted a three-step configurator for those wanting to develop new devices. Those three steps are:

STEP 1 – How many modules

In the first step you have to ask yourself what lifelines and how many lifelines you want to connect. Data, signal or power? Or all three? 

STEP 2 – The guiding pin

For a safe connection of all your modules, every har-modular connector needs two guiding pins. Depending on your application you can select them in plastic or metal. According to Harting, the best places for the guiding pins are the connectors ends, but every other place is also possible.

STEP 3 – The connecting rail

For this step choose the fitting yellow fixing rail. It has to have the same length as all modules together. 

Then that’s it. Harting says the whole process will revolutionise those developing new devices in the electrotechnical sector.

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