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The 6 Trends in IIoT:
Miniaturization: The new award-winning ix Industrial® requires 70% less installation space and is more robust than the legacy RJ45 with the same functionality.
Modularization: Modularization means offering flexible, reconfigurable production elements that have standardized interfaces for mechanical connections and power, data and signal transmission. HARTING’s Han-Modular® series illustrates this trend perfectly.
Identification: In 2006, HARTING introduced an industrial RFID solution developed specifically for utmost reliability even in harsh operating environments, with a product lineup that has continued to grow over the past dozen years.
Integration: The HARTING MICA® serves as an ideal communications hub in a decentralized IIoT production environment. For example, the HARTING MICA® has been used to monitor the amount of power used at the machine, measure power quality, provide insights into machine health and ensure process quality.
Customization: Adapting standard components to the needs of specific industries is highly cost-effective and responsive to customer needs. For example, HARTING customized the hood for its economical Han-Eco® series of thermoplastic connectors to make them suitable for data center applications. This is why the customized Han-Eco® was selected as the connector for Microsoft’s open-source Project Olympus data center developed through the Open Compute Project.
Digitalization: Digitalization is taking things that typically do not transmit data or are analog and make them digital so that they can be integrated into larger IIoT systems. The flexible configuration possibilities with MICA® mean shop floor and machine operations can be retrofitted to perform digital, networked applications for more efficient production processes, predictive maintenance, and documentation of process data.
HARTING is the global choice connectivity solution provider for high demand markets and critical applications. Best known for world-class connector and cabling solutions for getting power, signal, and data quickly and reliably from point A to B. Not at least because HARTING invented the rectangular connector in 1956.
In recent years, HARTING is leading in Industry 4.0/IIoT and is known globally as the expert at the edge. The HARTING MICA® Industrial Edge Gateway won the Hermes Award in 2016. It connects legacy machines and devices to the IIoT and was even acknowledged by President Obama during Hannover Messe, the industry’s largest tradeshow.