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RS Components Boosts Industrial Interconnections Portfolio with HARTING Han® Ex Connectors for Intrinsically Safe Circuits

High-quality connectors specified for use in explosive environments deliver enhanced flexibility, reliability, and ease of use

Taipei, Taiwan, 31 March 2015:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has extended its range of interconnection solutions serving industries such as mining, chemicals, process automation, and oil and gas, with the addition of HARTING Han® Ex connectors for use in potentially explosive environments.

Han Ex connectors meet the intrinsic safety requirements of CENELEC equipment codes ia, ib and ic, allowing use in explosion zones 0, 1 and 2[1], zones 1 and 2, or zone 2 respectively. The connectors comply with DIN EN 60 079-0 and DIN EN 60 079-11 standards, and are T6 temperature classified for use where ignition hazard exists at temperatures as low as 85 degrees Celsius.

The Han Ex connector range comprises a set of hoods, housings and inserts designed as a system to satisfy intrinsically safe applications. HARTING's patented vibration-proof Han-Quick Lock® termination technology allows fast and easy assembly without special tools. Alternatively, crimp terminations are available, which can be used with wire gauges down to AWG 26. The inserts have greater than 10 Gigaohm insulation resistance, and housings are powder coated in the standard blue colour used to indicate an intrinsically safe circuit.

All the connectors ensure IP65 ingress protection when mated, and are specified for operation in ambient temperatures from -20 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. The full Han Ex range, comprising variants with 4, 7, 8, or 12 contacts, is available now from RS Components. For further information, and to order Han Ex connectors, visit the website at

[1]   Zones 0, 1, 2: CENELEC/IEC-defined zones in which an explosive gas/air mixture is continuously present for long periods (zone 0), or likely to occur in normal operation (zone 2), or not likely to occur in normal operation (zone 3)

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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