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Technologies as the key to shaping the future

The effects of megatrends and technologies on the industrial transformation of HARTING
Philip Harting
Philip Harting
CEO, HARTING Technology Group
Industrial Transformation

HARTING is a global market leader in industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of data, signals and power. The industrial sector is undergoing a transformation. Digitisation has broken through the classic industrial automation pyramid’s division into levels. In addition to the physical infrastructure, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a data-based, digital image at all times. Lifelines can therefore no longer be thought of purely physically. Consequently, the market environment for automation technology, in machine and plant construction, in robotics and in the transportation sector has developed dynamically due to the IIoT’s requirements. The future will be decisively shaped by long-term change - so-called megatrends will have a massive impact on the shape of industries, markets and society.

The HARTING Technology Group had already developed a vision in 1996 that serves as a guide today to the daily activities of the company and its employees. The key point of this vision is as follows:

We want to create the future with technologies for people

Extract from the HARTING corporate vision

Given the fact that the industrial sector is undergoing a process of transformation, this vision is more relevant than ever. The changes known as megatrends are examples of the factors that will significantly shape our society and economy in the coming years. One example is the environmental reorientation of industry. This transformation has resulted in sustainability becoming the yardstick of all industrial production. The megatrends create a vision of the future from which a catalogue of questions is already emerging: How does a company prepare for these changes in order to be prepared for 2030 and beyond? What new technologies will these megatrends make possible?

In the next 10 years there will be a change from IP networks over to AI networks (AI = Artificial Intelligence). This will create the basis for establishing future technologies that are a specific answer to this impending change towards sustainable use of energy, for example. HARTING has a network that combines the technologies of the future to generate solutions for these megatrends in the industrial sector.

We use our own key technologies or enter into targeted partnerships to bundle expertises that create new solutions within our entire technology network. The primary goal for us is to develop solutions within larger contexts, such as through ecosystems for e.g. Single Pair Ethernet. The SPE partner network was founded for this purpose. In order to achieve this common goal, we think in expanded partnerships (with universities, research institutions, technology experts, and professional associations), leverage our network in all directions and add the necessary key technologies.

Good examples already exist:

With PerFact, the HARTING MICA becomes the ideal Edge device for new services. The range of solutions for remote maintenance by PerFact is based on the hardware and software architecture of the MICA. This means that added value can be generated as an optimally coordinated overall system. The MICA as an Edge device offers additional options, for example in the area of predictive maintenance.

We can also take a look at HARTING's SPE activities. In the area of connectivity, HARTING has built up an internationally standardised portfolio for Single Pair Ethernet. In cooperation with Perinet, a physical and digital infrastructure is created that integrates SPE technology into end devices and sensors. Other partners in the SPE network add further products and services, resulting in an efficient ecosystem.

These examples illustrate HARTING's path into the future. Technologies become the key to this -- for us, real key technologies.

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