Company makes announcement after receiving visit from Obama and Merkel
German components manufacturer Harting is to further expand its activities in the US.
The company says it will supply intelligent connectors in collaboration with US automotive manufacturer.
Digitalisation offers tremendous growth potential, says Harting, which received a visit from US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Hannover Messe.
Harting says it has found a “sound partner” in one US carmaker. Together with this customer, Harting is currently developing an “intelligent connector”, which it calls smart Han.
Uwe Gräff, managing director, Harting electronics and software development, says: “This turns the connector into an active component within the power supply concept and means that it plays a significant role in the flexible and optimised operation of the machinery and systems.”
In addition to serving as a connection to the power supply for the attached machinery, the connector also enables the monitoring of the power used by all interconnected energy consumers.
The company already works with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Industrial Internet Consortium, and Texas Instruments.
Harting says the use of its intelligent connector provides customers with a standardised infrastructure that enables them to flexibly adjust their manufacturing facilities to the needs of the market. It adds that the solution offers an additional advantage: existing older machinery can also be made Industrie 4.0-capable by the smart Han.
CEO and general partner Philip Harting says the US is a growth market for Harting. “We’re not only optimistic in terms of digitisation. The reshoring and modernisation taking place in numerous US industrial companies also offer tremendous opportunities for classic Harting products and solutions from the connectivity and networks area.”
TheHarting also launched a number of new technologies for integrated industry at Hannover Messe.