HARTING AG Biel offers tailor-made 3D-MID solutions for automotive applications

HARTING AG Biel, a division of the HARTING Technology Group based in Biel, Switzerland, used the recent Geneva Motor Show to feature its expertise in 3D-MID (three-dimensional moulded interconnect device) technology solutions for the automotive industry. Applications featured included a position sensor for adaptive cruise control and a robot hand which is used to simulate human gripping processes.

2019 05 05 1834203D-MID technology enables the production of integrated electronic devices with a small footprint which are ideally suited to in-car applications such as driver assistance systems, safety features or infotainment equipment.

“As more and more electronics systems find their way into cars, so HARTING’s 3D-MID technology is becoming a key driver in helping customers integrate complex electronics with minimal space requirements into today’s automotive environment”, says Susanne Giehl, Managing Director of HARTING AG Biel: “With many years of experience under its belt, HARTING AG Biel understands the demands of the automotive industry, and we have successfully completed numerous projects in close co-operation with customers, many of which have gone on to series production by HARTING AG.”

One of these projects is a new position sensor for adaptive cruise control systems, which automatically regulate the safe distance to the vehicle in front via a sensor in the front area of the vehicle. HARTING's MID solution successfully reduced the size of the ACC while achieving greater precision.

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HARTING AG is also co-operating with the Shadow Robot Company Ltd. on how to achieve greater safety by integrating 3D-MID components inside the vehicle to aid in the recognition of driver vital signs.

In addition, the company has developed a robot hand in conjunction with an e-mobility solution. This hand resembles a human hand in size and function. It has 24 joints, 20 of which can be controlled independently. The hand is mainly used to research algorithms to simulate human gripping processes. “The robot hand makes clear the variety of opportunities offered by 3D-MID technology”, says Susanne Giehl.


HARTING AG Biel was founded in 1983 as a subsidiary of the HARTING Technology Group (based in Espelkamp, North Rhine-Westphalia). HARTING AG has two locations in Switzerland: Volketswil (marketing operations with currently 13 employees) and Biel/Bienne (6600 m2 production floor) with currently 117 employees. The company is certified according to IATF 16949.

The HARTING team focuses on tailor-made solutions for customers worldwide. Biel/Bienne is known for its expertise in full automation, the development of integrated electronic solutions and surface coating.


The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 13 production plants and branches in 44 countries. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2016/17 business year, some 4,600 employees generated sales of EUR 672 million.

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