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Hirose and Harting collaborate on Industry 4.0 IoT connector standard

Steve Rogerson
September 1, 2016
Tokyo-based Hirose Electric and German company Harting Electronics have agreed to develop jointly an IoT connector for 10Gbit Ethernet with the aim of creating a new standard.
The RJ45 was indispensable when using Ethernet ten years ago. However, it was not ideal for industrial environments and could only be deployed with certain modifications. In light of this, Harting developed an industry-compatible field attachable RJ45.
The miniaturisation of components and interfaces in connection technology has become a key factor in global digitalisation through the IoT and services.
“As a form of the IoT, there is one thing that Industry 4.0 requires above all else: an Ethernet connection to each and every Industry 4.0 component,” said Philip Harting, chairman of Harting. “The standardisation and international norms for new high-performance components and infrastructure is an essential requirement for market success and provides planning security.”
Hirose has offered miniature connectors for small handheld devices including mobile phones, tablets and cameras and has contributed to the miniaturisation and the high-speed communications of electronic devices. The company has played a significant role in the high-performance and miniaturisation industry, not only with internal connectors, but also with interface connectors such as Micro-USB (USB2.0, 3.0 and 3.1), which were originally developed by Hirose. In addition, the company will focus on the industrial market and apply this knowledge to provide high-end miniaturised connectivity for Industry 4.0.
To meet the market demand for global digitalisation, both companies have combines forces to develop a new miniaturised and robust Ethernet interface for high-speed data transmission rates to set a new standard for Industry 4.0 applications.
Our customers benefit from the bundled expertise of two technology leaders, on one hand, and global presence and customer proximity on the other,” said Hirose president Kazunori Ishii.
The two companies plan to reveal further details on their cooperation at the Electronica show in Munich in December. 
Hirose has 24 sales offices globally, eight manufacturing facilities and five R&D centres in 13 countries, with dedicated teams of more than 4000 professionals generating sales of ¥120bn in 2014-15.
Harting has 13 production plants and branches in 43 countries. The company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, as well as hardware and software for applications in automation technology, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2014-15, some 4200 employees generated sales of €567m.