Control Engineering June 2014-CE : Page-80

ADVER TISEMENT Bene ts of connectors compel many to switch Today’s connector lineup includes more user-friendly and application-specifi c choices that can further enhance reliability and convenience. Connectors offer excellent mechanical stability and are available with high ingress, temperature and vibration resistance, harsh weather durability and multiple termination options. Most rectangular connectors are modular and user-confi gurable. Using different inserts each can be confi gured for different voltages for example, signal and power, or combinations of different transmission media: power, signal, fi ber optic, coax, D-Sub and pneumatic. Recent innovations like quick-lock termination, click-and-mate assembly and twist-top locking make installation and maintenance faster and simpler than ever. Industrial connectors or hardwiring? More and more machine builders comparing the cost of using both wiring approaches in their operations fi nd connectors more economical and practical. Many thousands of equipment manufacturers have switched from point-to-point (hard) wiring to connector-based cable assemblies in factory and process automation and control systems. Adopting progressive connectivity solutions has improved their unit costs and productivity. It allows them to turn around orders and complete installations much faster. With margins under increasing pressure, many OEMs have come to regard these benefi ts as a must-have. For many of their customers, the principal argument for connector-based wiring over hardwiring – a lower total cost of ownership over the service life of the machine – is equally compelling. HARTING has based its leadership on developing new connector concepts and adapting existing ones to more precisely meet the evolving needs of its cus-tomer base. Choosing the right connector solution for the job will optimize the benefi ts of connectorization, improving the OEM’s margins while giving end users the lowest possible cost of ownership and greater peace of mind. For more information about connectorization, please visit input #48 at

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