Han-Eco®B: Rear-mounted connector saves time and money

HARTING multiplies the possible uses of plastic connectors. The Han-Eco® range now includes plastic housings that are fully compatible with the standard Han® B. This opens up the entire portfolio of Han® B inserts for Han-Eco®. Key improvement is the rear mounting option of prefabricated inserts, e.g. in a bulkhead-mounted housing on a switch cabinet.

The Han-Eco® B for rear mounting in a switch cabinet.

The new Han-Eco® B connectors provide enhanced functionality for the industry standard Han® B compared to their metal-case counterparts. Innovations include e.g. the option of rear mounting when assembling a switch cabinet. Inserts no longer need to be pre-assembled outside the switch cabinet – in order to then pull them back into the bulkhead mounted housing at the switch cabinet wall and tighten them up. Instead, the ends of the wiring harnesses can be snapped into the bulkhead mounted housing from the inside of the switch cabinet – rearward.

This option simplifies the assembly and thus saves time and costs. Switch cabinet units and cable harnesses can be pre-assembled separately. A better division of labour is possible and, if necessary, processes can even be outsourced.

In addition to monoblocs for Han® B, the Han-Modular® range can also be used in plug-compatible fashion in the new Han-Eco®. Hinged or holding frames allow the modules to be integrated into the plastic hoods or housings.

Han-Eco® B is available in the standard sizes 6B to 24B. It is a novelty that each size is available in a flexible way with cable outlets of different size. Options range from M20, M25 and M32 to M40 cable glands. The variety increases flexibility, when it comes to the connection of new machine modules. Subject to cost and quality requirements, designers can make use of all the advantages of plastic or metal – depending on their requirements. This ensures the downward compatibility of Han-Eco® B hoods or housings in production systems.

The high-performance plastic of the Han-Eco® B is as robust as that of all other Han-Eco® components. The usual advantages are retained: plastic connectors are not only easy to install, they are also resistant to corrosion and offer flexible assembly options. They are fire resistant to UL94 V0 –  which means they are also suitable for use in railway scenarios – and weigh only about half as much as a connector in a die-cast aluminium housing.