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Harting has provided a connectivity solution for a transformable 360 LED screen used on a concert tour for the rock band U2.

The LED screen, developed by Barco, surrounds the band while they are performing, and can change shape in all directions during concerts.

It measures 24m x 16m and incorporates more than 500,000 pixels.

Harting’s was required to provide a rugged and vibration-proof mated connector solution that could be mounted to the surface of the moving displays.

The system transfers the latest HD (high definition) TV pictures networked over an Ethernet link.

Harting non-reflective black Han hoods and surface-mounted housings from the company’s heavy-duty industrial connector range were chosen so that they would be inconspicuous to the audience.

Han-Modular Quintax inserts were used to provide EMC-shielded video transfer.

Harting also built the custom cable assemblies, providing the end installer with the complete solution from one source.

The Harting surface-mounted housings are fitted on the rear of the moving expandable mechanical frames that retain the LED modules.

The HARTING Technology Group is an industry leader in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking. Headquartered in Espelkamp, Germany, HARTING remains family owned after more than 65 years in business, and despite its European roots has become a global company, with subsidiaries in 32 countries worldwide and manufacturing operations in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Romania, USA and China.

In the UK, HARTING Ltd., based in Northampton, has over 100 employees, and turnover is currently in excess of GBP12 million. HARTING Ltd. has Investor in People Accreditation and is ISO 9001 certified.

HARTING’s UK manufacturing operation, HARTING Integrated Solutions, manufactures and tests high-speed multi-layer backplanes and cable assemblies.

Harting produces a range of high-quality electronic interconnection solutions, including D-Sub, 2 mm metric, DIN 41612 and IDC types as well as MicroTCA card edge connectors.

In the field of industrial connectors, HARTING manufactures the industry-leading Han(R) heavy-duty connector family and other products for the industrial environment including industrial Ethernet switches and hubs, Automation IT products to link IP67 industrial and IP20 office systems, M8 and M12 connectors and their associated subassemblies, and RJ Industrial connectors for both copper and fibre-optic communications.

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