Turning trends into applications/ Focus on HARTING IIC MICA and Infrastructure Box
The HARTING Technology Group has vigorously pushed forward with the development of its Industry 4.0 solutions since the Hannover Messe and will be presenting the results at the SPS IPC Drives trade fair in Nuremberg from 24 to 26 November 2015 (Hall 10; Stand 140). ”Industry 4.0 is the dominant topic here at the trade fair. Consequently, we have been pressing ahead with developing our Smart Factory, the HAII4YOU Factory(Slogan: HARTING Integrated Industry 4 You), since April,” as Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board and personally liable partner emphasises.
”We have developed concrete applications from the trends in Integrated Industry, while consistently focussing on customer benefits,” explains Uwe Gräff, Managing Director HARTING Electric and HARTING Electronics. At this year’s Hannover Messe HARTING clearly identified the six trends in Integrated Industry (Customisation, Miniaturisation, Identification, Modularisation, Integration and Digitalisation) and targeted product and solution development in these areas.
”Consequently we will also be presenting a HAII4YOU Factory update in Nuremberg,” states Dr. Volker Franke, Managing Director HARTING Applied Technologies and Industrie 4.0 expert at HARTING. With the implementation of ”intelligent stop points” HARTING will be using the HAII4YOU Factory as the basis for a demonstration of how the material flow within a Smart Factory can be controlled. ”This control does not require any additional programming or PLC,” explains Dr. Franke. The Technology Group is combining its competence as a component, application and system provider in the HAII4YOU* Factory.
Two prominent trade fair highlights are the HARTING IIC MICA and the Infrastructure Box. MICA is a modular platform of open hardware and software that can be rapidly and economically adapted to many industrial application areas. HARTING will be presenting production models and solutions and MICA deliveries will commence in 2016.
The decidedly positive customer response has prompted HARTING to hold an application contest called ”How do you use MICA?” Users are called on to develop an innovative application with MICA. The three best applications will be announced at the Hannover Messe 2016 and the winning teams will be awarded premium prizes.
The Infrastructure Box ensures availability and establishes flexibility with the optimal efficiency of modular Smart Factories for Industrie 4.0. The HARTING Infrastructure Box offers constant monitoring of all of the system’s lifelines. The reconfiguration and expansion, including during operation, are guaranteed by Han-Modular® connection technology and selective operation start-up. This allows the Infrastructure Box to act as a link in the Industrie 4.0 architecture and keeps the system’s heart ticking, so to speak.