MRO Magazine

Industrial connectivity firm introduces new customer education tools, honours distributors


May 15, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Las Vegas, NV – Harting, a supplier of industrial and device connectivity products, has unveiled a series of new educational tools – including Harting U – that will make it easier and faster for engineers to determine the right solution for their applications.

Harting U was the headliner at the annual EDS 2015 event. Harting U ( is a free, web-based information portal that will help inform engineers, including students, about products, concepts and trends relevant to their needs. It will be a single source for white papers, FAQs, tutorial videos, best practices, technical articles, case studies, customer testimonials, apps and press information.

Harting honoured its Distinguished Award winners at its EDS 2015 event. Back row, from left: Award winners from Future Electronics, Digi-Key and Mouser. Front row, from left: Philip Harting, general partner of the Harting Technology Group, Jon DeSouza, president and CEO of Harting North America, and Matthew Baker, distribution manager, North America for Harting.

“Harting U will provide tools to help the engineers better inform themselves when choosing a connector solutions provider,” Jon DeSouza, president and CEO of Harting, Inc. of North America says. “It offers free, no-hassle access to industry-related content of interest to them. We’re committed to updating that content and adding much more in the months and years to come. We intend for Harting U to be the go-to educational resource for industry.”

Also at the open house, Harting unveiled a new Knowledge Center app that streamlines the search process for finding solutions and other information available from Harting. The new app complements the Han configurator app, which Harting North America unveiled last year that helps customers design their own custom industrial connector from standard components in Harting’s Han lineup.


Harting is also expanding its presence at major North American trade shows like IMTS 2016 with a new two-storey booth. And later this year, its new roadshow truck will begin touring the US and Canada as a support tool for assisting customers and distributors.

“Customers are doing more homework today before they pick a solutions provider, and they want access to educational content to help them make informed choices,” says DeSouza. “Harting already is the one-stop shop for solutions for industrial and device productivity, and we plan to be a one-stop resource for critical information about time-tested solutions and trends relevant to each of our markets.”

Harting also announced the Harting annual North American distributor awards, with the headline Distinguished Award for Distributor of the Year going to Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX, for the second consecutive year. Mouser was honoured for achieving significant revenue growth, exceptional commitment to inventory and for overall excellence as a partner.

Digi-Key Corp., Thief River Falls, MN, received the Distinguished Award for New Customer Growth by adding more new customers than any other Harting distributor. Future Electronics, based in Montreal, QC, received the Distinguished Award for New Product Sales Growth, for purchasing a larger volume of new Harting products than any other distributor. That marks the first time a distributor based in Canada has won one of Harting North America’s annual awards.

EDS is the premier North American trade event for the international electronics industry, and serves as a showcase for Harting’s newest component innovations for industrial and device connectivity. The importance of EDS in Harting North America’s trade show calendar was underscored by the presence at the open house of Philip F.W. Harting, senior vice-president connectivity and networks, and general partner of the parent Harting Technology Group. He provided an overview of the current global business environment and the company’s ambitious global growth strategy, including investments like Harting’s new Quality and Technology Center at global headquarters in Espelkamp, Germany.