Systematically Innovative Enclosures

After five years’ development work, Rittal has unveiled its new VX25 large enclosure system at the 2018 Hanover Trade Fair.

It is the first enclosure system that has been fully developed to meet the requirements for increased productivity in control and switchgear manufacturing, as well as along the Industry 4.0 value chains.

With the “SYSTEM PERFECTION.” slogan, Rittal has made a major innovative leap; a leap which has come from its depth of experience, along with intensive customer feedback and involvement.

The VX25 offers the highest possible quality and consistency of data, reduced complexity and savings in time, as well as safe assembly.  More than 25 registered patent and trademark applications demonstrate the high level of innovation that was involved.

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How can the best be made even better? This is the question that Rittal asked itself as it began developing a new enclosure system.

“The market needs an enclosure that cuts throughput times in engineering and assembly, reduces complexity and that finds a place for itself as a full-grown module in the megatrend of digitisation,” said Dr Thomas Steffen, Managing Director Research and Development at Rittal.

He added that: “The new Rittal large enclosure has now become 100 percent Industry 4.0-capable. With the combination of a real enclosure and its digital twin, the new development will meet every future digitization need – from online configuration and engineering to assembly, as well as automation, logistics and maintenance.”

Study: observe, listen and learn

Intensive dialogue with Rittal customers was a crucial factor in the development of the new large enclosure system.

During a large-scale, scientifically based, usability study, researchers used words, images and moving film to document the everyday working life of control and switchgear manufacturers, covering ten companies in Germany, eight in the USA and six in China, including small, medium-sized and large companies.

“This user analysis was an eye-opener. In some cases, we spotted problems that the customers themselves hadn’t yet identified,” said Dr Steffen.

As a result, 150 systematically recorded and specific requirements for a new enclosure emerged, providing developers and product managers with a robust guide for the actual development work.

Rittal supplemented its findings with those of the customer advisory council (who were also involved).  Later, during the development phase, Rittal did not omit one single, essential point.

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The Result: Pure Customer Benefits!

The result was the new VX25 large enclosure system.

The name VX25 stands for three elements: the versatility of options; the fulfilment of “x” customer requirements; and for its perfect symmetry through a consistent 25-mm pitch pattern.

“What is new is that no enclosure system has ever been previously developed so consistently and systematically to ensure maximum customer benefit. The VX25 matches the way the control and switchgear manufacturer thinks and works – both in functions and processes,” says Dr Steffen.

Customer benefits across the entire value chain of control and switchgear manufacturing can be summarised in three key points: maximum data quality and a constant supply of data; reduced complexity and savings in time; as well as safe assembly.

Patents: a high degree of innovation

The heart of the innovation is the newly developed frame section. This determines the installation space, the efficiency in engineering and assembly, the expansion options, the stability and thus the reliability and flexibility in the customer’s workshop.

With the new large enclosure system, Rittal’s engineers could maintain all the important and established product features of the existing, worldwide TS 8 large enclosure system, expanding them significantly with a multitude of new functions and customer benefits.

There were more than 25 registered patent and trademark applications, which demonstrate the high level of innovation in the VX25.

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Production: Maximum Quality

For Rittal, SYSTEM PERFECTION also involves high-tech manufacturing.

It has invested in new state-of-the-art production facilities to manufacture the new frame section of the VX25.

New and fully automatic profiling systems and volume production lines, with a total of 31 welding and handling robots, are witness to the focus on top quality combined with precision and stability.

The result is that the frame section of the VX25, which has a consistent 25-mm pitch pattern, is clearly more stable than its TS 8 predecessor although the weight is the same.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.     

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Rittal to Launch Innovative New Enclosure Designed for Rail Industry at Infrarail 2018

Rittal’s innovative new generation Location Case enclosure will be the main attraction on its Stand D11 at Infrarail 2018.

Rittal is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for housing and enclosure technologies, combining a focus on energy conservation with efficient engineering.

The company’s renowned infrastructure system offers five perfectly matched modules: rack, power, cooling, security, along with monitoring and remote management.  

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Increasing Safety, Reliability & Preventing System Failures
Rittal’s new generation Location Case has been developed in conjunction with Network Rail and their exacting requirements using a standard product platform widely used in other IT and industry sectors.

The enclosure is available in three sizes to accommodate BR 440 framework, 19” rails and mounting plates for all disciplines throughout the UK rail network for signalling, telecoms and power.

Its protection levels, scalable cooling, custom-sizing, and flexible internal configuration options provide an adaptable, highly effective solution that will remain viable for many years to come.

Protecting Critical Equipment
Also at the show will be an extensive range of enclosures systems compliant with LUL specifications for Fire Safety Performance of Materials.

Rittal’s solutions are widely applied across global networks including enclosure technologies, electronics packaging, power distribution, UPS, climate control and IT systems.  Its capabilities extend across high-density cooling, control and monitoring solutions, and include integration and service to support these technologies.

Ease of installation
For installations of outdoor free-standing enclosures there are custom-built Rittal pre-cast concrete base/plinths.  These significantly reduce the time and cost of the install, and prevent disruption to services by removing the need to mix concrete and remove waste from site.
Other key products in the range include wall-mounted boxes and pole-mounting kits to fasten metal and non-metal enclosures to round and square poles.

Power Distribution
Visitors to the show will also be able to find out more about the company’s popular busbar systems, Ri4Power electrical power distribution system and the latest power engineering planning software.  The software provides comprehensive support in planning and verifying standardised Ri4Power switchgear, as required by IEC 61439-1/-2 standard.

As with all Rittal’s solutions the power distribution range has been subject to the most stringent testing, demonstrating their capability to operate in the toughest and most demanding environments.

Rittal’s highly qualified team will be able to offer support across all stages of the project, from design through to installation and commissioning.

If you’re attending the show, be sure to visit Rittal at Stand D11 to find out more.

Further information on Rittal’s enclosure systems can be found at https://www.rittal.com/uk-en/content/en/start/ and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Simpler, Thanks to Reduced Complexity

Less is more;  that is the philosophy behind Rittal’s new VX25 large enclosure system.

The new range has helped to reduce complexity in enclosure systems significantly thanks to a consistent 25 mm pitch pattern and complete symmetry.

The number of common parts has also been significantly increased, which means fewer components and therefore far less storage space. 

Rittal is launching a new chapter in enclosure technology, with the development of a consistent 25-mm pitch pattern and full symmetry.  Because the new frame section in the 25 mm grid is now also used in the horizontal part of the frame, the enclosure can be expanded much more flexibly, even beyond its limits.

Forty Per Cent Less Punched Section and Rails

Installation components for the vertical frame parts now fit into the enclosure’s roof section and base area. When the enclosures are bayed, the 25-mm pitch pattern then continues through into the adjacent enclosures. As a result, rails can be mounted over multiple enclosures. These and other baying options can now be installed with a 40 per cent reduction in the range of punched sections, with or without mounting flanges. This means inventories and logistics outlay can also be substantially reduced.

At the same time, the new frame section in 20-mm installation depth provides more space in the enclosure; space which is now made available for the installation of components. Depending on the application involved and the components used, smaller switchgear can be used, which translates into lower costs.

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Easier mounting

A signficant reduction in complexity also impacts the assembly and disassembly of the doors. This work can now done by one person, without the need for any tools whatsoever; the door is simply hung in the hinge. The hinge is designed so that the door is automatically secured when closed, so that unnecessary lifting is avoided.

All common variants will be available for use in the locking system. Electronic locking systems, which are increasingly being used in response to increased safety demands, can be easily retrofitted. Here too, there is no requirement for subsequent machining of the door because the bushings needed for the cables are already included.

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Baying concept with fewer parts

A number of innovations have also been implemented when it comes down to joining up enclosures in bayed suites. The new baying system needs far fewer parts. Because all the screws are mounted in the direction of the bay, assembly is also far simpler.

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A new baying seal, which is simply snapped on, ensures that the enclosure’s degree of protection is retained when baying.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

High Level of Acceptance Before Market Launch

How can the best be made even better? That was the key question Rittal asked when developing the new VX25 large enclosure system.

The answer: by listening, watching and learning.

Right from the outset, sound scientific analyses of workshop processes in switchgear manufacturing, in-depth discussions with customers, and advice from the Rittal customer advisory council, collectively played central roles. The result is an enclosure development geared to maximum customer benefit which had already gained a great deal of acceptance prior to the market launch.

Before developing its new VX25 large enclosure system, Rittal commissioned a year-long field study on three continents. The Munich-based PMO Usability Engineering & Organisational Development technical institute worked with Rittal to conduct a large-scale field study at numerous switchgear manufacturers.

Words, images and film were used by researchers to document the everyday working life of a large number of small, medium and large companies in Germany, the USA and China.

“The user analysis was an eye-opener. In some cases, we spotted problems that the customers themselves hadn’t yet identified,” said Dr Steffen, Managing Director Research and Development at Rittal.

The end result was a total of 150 specific requirements for the new enclosure, which Rittal added to with findings from the Rittal customer advisory council which also had a direct involvement.

“We didn’t give up on a single one of the main points during subsequent development work,” Dr Steffen added.

The involvement of the advisory council in the development work highlighted just how important this body is to the company.

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Reducing complexity

Holger Mrzyglodzik, Project Leader at Schubs Steuerungstechnik GmbH, sees major benefits in the new large enclosure system thanks to the greatly reduced number of components installed: “The greatest strength of the new enclosure system is its range of accessories. There are fewer parts but their functionality is greater.”

The VX25’s consistent 25-mm pitch pattern helped to significantly reduce individual parts at all levels and across enclosures – for example, there are 40 per cent fewer punched sections and rails.

Assemble-friendliness

“The new enclosure is better than its predecessor, the TS 8. It’s easier to assemble, especially in combination with the base/plinth,” says Thomas Frink, Managing Director of KSV Koblenzer Steuerungs- und Verteilungsbau GmbH.

The enclosure can be expanded far more easily, and offers a far greater degree of flexibility, because the new frame section with a 25-mm pitch pattern is used throughout. It is also possible to mount components such as divider panels and partitions, as well as covers for contact hazard protection, and all these parts can also be mounted to the rear. The same applies to the new option of installing mounting plates from the back.

The time-saving advantages in terms of assembly are equally important for Heinz-Josef Schmitz, Head of Switchgear Manufacturing and Technical Services at the Blumenbecker Group: “What really impressed me is that you need no more than two tools to complete the enclosure.”

A typical example is the assembly and disassembly of the doors, something which can now be done without any tools at all. As is the case also for the snap-on system of door handles which can be assembled very quickly with just a few manual operations.

Wide range of applications

Other benefits are obvious in its practical application: “The new enclosure is an improvement on the previous model; it is much more versatile,” says Andreas Ripploh, Managing Partner of Ripploh Elektrotechnik GmbH.

By engaging with external specialists and customers, Rittal has been able to develop a new enclosure system that is already being warmly welcomed.

“It was a great experience for me to be there when a new product was created. And I am delighted that many of the suggestions that we switchgear manufacturers made have also been incorporated in the product,” said Heinz-Josef Schmitz of Blumenbecker, summing up his experience of the process.

Further information at http://www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Premiere: Rittal presents an enclosure innovation

After five years in development, Rittal will be unveiling its new large enclosure system at the 2018 Hanover Trade Fair.

The innovative enclosure is the main attraction within Rittal’s 2,300 m² exhibition area at the Fair.  Other highlights include: the new base/plinth system; the support arm system CP with new height-adjustable support section for machine operations and smart solutions for cooling enclosures, machinery and IT; as well as the new Secure Edge Data Centre.

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In addition,Rittal will be showcasing the integration solution – a symbiosis of enclosure and cooling unit – and a Ri4Power application for low-voltage switchgear. They clearly evidence that the benefits of the new large enclosure system are not just in the enclosure itself, but in the systemic interaction with the cooling unit and the power distribution components.

New base/plinth system for simple assembly

Another highlight for the Fair is the new base/plinth system, combining all the advantages of the existing TS 8 and Flex Block base/plinth systems in one solution. This greatly simplifies the mounting of the base/plinth and also integrates other functions such as the secure mounting of cables using standard punched sections.

Visitors will also be able to look over the support arm system CP, with its new height-adjustable support section for the ergonomic arrangement of a panel or control components on machines and systems, as well as the completion of the range of LED system lights.

Smart cooling solutions, greater efficiency

The new Blue e+ wall-mounted cooling units with a 1.6 kW cooling output and the Blue e+ chillers with cooling outputs of 2.5 to 6 kW deliver greater energy efficiency when cooling enclosures and machines.  All these cooling solutions will be able to communicate with the new IoT interface for Industry 4.0 applications.

And finally, the company is launching a whole new range of IT cooling solutions for individual racks and entire data centres. The new range of products includes coolant-based cooling solutions with a cooling output of 20 kW, hybrid solutions (with indirect free cooling) with a 35-kw cooling output, as well as a new generation of water-cooled IT cooling solutions.

Secure Edge Data Centres for Industry 4.0

Yet another IT innovation is the new Secure Edge Data Centre. This turnkey data centre solution developed by Rittal together with global partners ABB and HPE is designed to operate in tough industrial environments.

With the aid of secure edge data centres, companies can now access and respond to critical data in real time. This brings IT capacities closer to the location of data acquisition and machine control.

Digital Value Chain in Accordance with Industry 4.0

Trade visitors to Rittal’s exhibition booth can also experience the value chain in control and switchgear engineering from an industrial 4.0 perspective. The Rittal Automation Systems Business Unit supports workshop processes – from manual tools to fully automatic systems – with its range of solutions.

The Smart Engineering and Production 4.0 technology network of Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact at Hanover Trade Fair 2018 (Hall 8, Booth D28) will also be providing answers to the question of how industrial engineering and production processes can be completely digitized. A remarkable live demonstration using the example of a switchgear installation will show visitors what highly automated manufacturing, based on a batch size of one, works.

At the 2018 Hanover Fair, Rittal’s sister company EPLAN will be presenting the first glimpses into the upcoming version 2.8 of the EPLAN platform in Hall 6, Booth H30.

This offers surprises with decisive innovations in ergonomics, which will not only accelerate engineering even further, but also advance automation and standardisation through extensions of macro technology.

Visit the Microsite now —-> https://www.rittal.com/com_en/vx25/index.php

Further information at http://www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Rittal Hits the Road with Routeco Live 2018

Rittal will again be joining Routeco Live in 2018, to showcase its renowned infrastructure solutions – widely specified as the No.1 choice for protecting critical equipment – and demonstrate how its products and services can address specific problems faced by different industries.

This year, the Routeco shows are visiting three venues across the UK, featuring the latest industrial controls and automation products.

Whether you are a business leader, engineer, technical or commercial manager for a machine builder, system integrator, panel builder or manufacturing plant, this event is for you!

It’s The Little Things that Matter

During Routeco’s seminar programme, Rittal’s Industry Manager for Food & Beverage, Christian Westwood, will be presenting: Eat, drink and be……. how the humble enclosure can benefit end users in the Food & Beverage sector”, exploring how manufacturers in the sector can improve production efficiency, reducing costs and ensuring a growing global population survives and prospers.

As part of his presentation, Christian will explain how, where and why electrical enclosures and cooling equipment (a seemingly small part of any production process) can make a significant contribution to maximising efficiency.  This includes the impact of ‘downtime’ and how this represents the worst case scenario for plant operators.
He will also highlight why, in hygiene-critical production situations, downtimes are typically longer, and how something as seemingly simple as the choice of enclosure can have a major impact on production and output.

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EPLAN Joining Rittal on the Road

Rittal will be partnered at the Routeco Live events by its sister company, EPLAN, to demonstrate innovative solutions for enhanced engineering efficiency and the benefits of EPLAN Cogineer.

Dates and Locations

  • Tuesday 17th April – Leeds South, Village Hotel, Leeds
  • Thursday 19th April – Milton Keynes, Stadium MK
  •  Thursday 3rd May – Glasgow, Hampden Park

Visitors must pre-register to attend via email routecoLIVE@routeco.com.

For more details please email information@rittal.co.uk

Further information about Rittal infrastruction solutions can be found at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

“Rittal – The System” on show at Drives and Controls 2018 – Today ! Tomorrow ! & Thursday !

Visit Rittal’s Stand D720 at Drives and Controls this week and you will be able to see Rittal’s renowned infrastructure solution – widely specified as the No.1 choice for protecting critical equipment – plus some exciting new product innovations and a chance to WIN an ipad.

“Rittal – The System” has five, wholly compatible components: enclosure, power, cooling, security, and monitoring with remote management, all of which will be on show.  Alongside them will be information about panel-building automation, as well as servicing and maintenance programmes, designed to maximise a system’s efficiency, flexibility and longevity.

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The Rittal team will be on-hand to discuss key issues such as:

  • How can controller and switchgear manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things) solutions, automate production processes and set up data centres quickly and easily?
  • How can systems and people be reliably protected against danger?
  • How can power consumption be made transparent and significantly reduced?
  • How can maintenance scenarios for cooling devices be planned in advance?
  • How can enclosures in the food industry be hygienically climate controlled?

 

Rittal will be supported at Drives and Controls 2018 by its sister company Eplan (on stand D712).  Eplan will be showcasing innovative solutions for enhanced engineering efficiency and demonstrating the benefits of EPLAN Cogineer.

What’s more, there will be the chance for Rittal customers to win an iPad.  

Visitors who have Rittal enclosure cooling solutions (such as top therm, roof-mounted fans, Blue e or Blue e+ cooling units) installed in their Rittal enclosures, and who book a free inspection survey at the show, will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

If you’re attending the show, be sure to visit Rittal on D720 to find out more

Register to attend Drives & Controls for FREE —-> Registration HERE

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Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

“Rittal – The System” on show at Drives and Controls 2018

Visitors to Rittal’s Stand D720 at Drives and Controls 2018 will be able to see Rittal’s renowned infrastructure solution – widely specified as the No.1 choice for protecting critical equipment – plus some exciting new product innovations.

“Rittal – The System” has five, wholly compatible components: enclosure, power, cooling, security, and monitoring with remote management, all of which will be on show.  Alongside them will be information about panel-building automation, as well as servicing and maintenance programmes, designed to maximise a system’s efficiency, flexibility and longevity.

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The Rittal team will be on-hand to discuss key issues such as:

  • How can controller and switchgear manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things) solutions, automate production processes and set up data centres quickly and easily?
  • How can systems and people be reliably protected against danger?
  • How can power consumption be made transparent and significantly reduced?
  • How can maintenance scenarios for cooling devices be planned in advance?
  • How can enclosures in the food industry be hygienically climate controlled?

Innovations in Power Distribution and Climate Control

Rittal will also be showcasing product development and innovation at the show. These include an extension of its RiLine Compact power distribution system in the form of the new RiLine Compact motor control unit.  Added to which, the team will be demonstrating the company’s new push-in conductor connection clamps for the fast and tool-free mounting and connecting of cables to busbars.

The Blue e+ cooling unit range has also been upgraded and extended.  It now includes appliances in the lower output range with a cooling output of 1.6 kW (previously 2 to 6 kW).

Furthermore, the new IoT Interface means Blue e+ cooling units can be networked with customer-specific monitoring and energy management systems. This, in turn, makes it possible to add new applications such as predictive maintenance and data analytics.

Challenging the Edge

The digitisation of processes now generates huge volumes of highly sensitive data.

Companies running an IT infrastructure that comprises just three or four racks require an IT environment that combines easy installation with cost-efficient and fail-safe operation.

Rittal will be using the event to exhibit quick and easy IT solutions for all applications. IT product highlights on display at the show will include the hugely popular TS IT rack and IT cooling units.

Smart Engineering at Eplan

Rittal will be supported at Drives and Controls 2018 by its sister company Eplan (on stand D712).  Eplan will be showcasing innovative solutions for enhanced engineering efficiency and demonstrating the benefits of EPLAN Cogineer.

What’s more, there will be the chance for Rittal customers to win an iPad.  

Visitors who have Rittal enclosure cooling solutions (such as top therm, roof-mounted fans, Blue e or Blue e+ cooling units) installed in their Rittal enclosures, and who book a free inspection survey at the show, will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

If you’re attending the show, be sure to visit Rittal on D720 to find out more.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.