Friday 24 September 2010

Plastic connector housings

High-quality plastic connector housings are rugged, lightweight and cost-effective

The new Han-Eco® from Harting is a complete range of high-quality all-plastic industrial connector housings that combine ruggedness, light weight and reduced costs with versatility, safety and reliability.

Han-Eco® is the ideal solution for users who require a cost-effective, lightweight product and who do not require the full range of product features offered by Harting's established Han® B series of connector housings. The product also offers a higher contact-density/housing-size ratio than the Han® B series.

Like the Han® B standard series, the Han-Eco® series is available in sizes 6 B, 10 B, 16 B and 24 B. Depending on size, versions of the bulkhead mounting and hood with straight or angled cable exit can be supplied. The cable exits are available with metric threading.

Han-Eco® housings are made of high-performance plastic that is highly resistant to environmental stress and - in combination with the design - provides very good mechanical stability. When the connector is closed and locked, it provides IP 65 protection as defined in DIN EN 60 529. The material also meets the demanding flammability requirements of UL 94 Class V 0.

Fast, simple assembly is a key product feature, with a click-and-mate design totally eliminating the need for tools during assembly.

The Han-Eco® housing is compatible with the full range of modules from the Harting Han-Modular® series of industrial connectors. One extra module fits into the Han-Eco® housing compared to the equivalent product in the Han® B Standard series. This special feature applies to all four sizes.

A PE (protective earth) module has been developed specifically for the Han-Eco® housing to hold the protective ground conductor. Use of the PE module is optional depending on the application.

The new Harting series complies with all standards relating to user safety. All metal parts in the PE system are fully connected to the protective ground conductor. This prevents the risk of anyone touching live parts if a fault occurs. The housing is also suitable for use on machines and systems with Class II protective insulation.

To ensure a safe, compliant PE connection, the housings are not compatible with the Han® B Standard series. However, the mounting dimensions of the Han-Eco® bulkhead are identical with the mounting dimensions of the Han® B Standard series, eliminating the need to modify control cabinet side panels.

The locking lever (locking system with two transverse levers on all sizes) can be mounted on the bulkhead or the hood to suit user needs. A coupling hood is also available for cable-to-cable applications.

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