As manufacturers strive to minimise energy consumption and improve efficiencies, reducing the weight of components is one way of delivering savings.
With this in mind HARTING has developed the Han-Eco® B, an innovation in their industry standard Han connector series. The range contains hoods and housings manufactured from high-performance, glass fibre-reinforced, polyamide plastic, which are substantially lighter than traditional metal connectors.
By switching from metal to Han-Eco® B, you can achieve weight savings of up to 50% per connector. These reductions may seem minimal compared to the weight of a train but as connector usage in trains increases, so too does their proportion of the overall weight, making Han-Eco® B an energy efficient choice.
As well as being lightweight, the Han-Eco® B also supports modular inserts, meaning data, signal and power options can all be combined into one standard-sized industrial connector. Not only does this make them versatile, it further reduces the space requirement for connectors within the train.
Han-Eco® complies with standards IEC 61948 and EN 45545-2 HL3 and is fire-resistant according to UL94 V0. Furthermore, the Eco B range is compatible with standard metal Han® B housings, meaning both variants are intermateable.
Please visit www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/weight-reduction-transportation to learn more about weight reduction and rail vehicle efficiency.