HARTING delivers weight reduction solutions for the rail industry

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.

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