Generation X Was Here – Rittal Launch New AX and KX Enclosures at LC Automation

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Rittal brought their brand new demo bus to LC Automation’s head office in Blackburn last Thursday. Titled ‘Generation X is here’ it was the first chance to see the new AX and KX enclosures which were recently launched at Hannover Messe. We are excited to share our partnership with Rittal and can’t wait to supply the new enclosures later in the year.

Neil Battery demonstrates the latest new developments from Rittal

Over 35 Million Units Sold

Rittal has rethought and redesigned the new AX compact and KX small enclosures, providing simpler, faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety. This launch marks the digital transformation of a standardised product that has been made by Rittal for more than 50 years: Over 35 million units of the AE have been manufactured, making it the most popular compact enclosure in the world.

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Cloud-based Cooling

By Karl Lycett, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate Control

Cooling units are playing an increasingly important role in Industry 4.0. Seamless communication between cooling units and associated cloud-based systems is opening up opportunities for new applications.  Essential to these applications are IoT-capable devices such as the cooling units and chillers in the Rittal Blue e+ range.

During the lifetime of an enclosure cooling unit, the costs incurred for energy, maintenance and service are usually much higher than the initial investment in the unit itself.

Optimisations carried out during maintenance can help reduce workload and thus lower costs, for example through predictive or needs-based maintenance. Needs-based maintenance, however, always requires information about the individual cooling units and the surrounding conditions.  A typical example is replacing a fan before a fault occurs, which otherwise – in the worst-case scenario – could cause not just the cooling unit, but the entire system to fail. If there is historic information available to plant operators about the fan’s running time, the difference between its expected and actual speeds, and its power consumption, then it’s possible to identify a gradually developing fault or an impending failure.  This means that vital components can be replaced early on, increasing the overall system’s availability.

Other information, such as energy consumption, the condition of individual components, ambient conditions, or even the level of soiling on the filter mat, can also provide useful data, and practical opportunities to optimise maintenance and energy efficiency.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that seamless communication of information between systems is growing in importance.  In a state-of-the-art factory, where data is easily available as and when required, the sight of maintenance technicians walking from one cooling unit to another, jotting down information with a clipboard and pen, is a thing of the past.

fri1620299 The new Blue e+ cooling units in use at plant engineers Xylem

Networking is possible now

Rittal equips its climate control solutions with a comprehensive range of communication options.

Using the new IoT Interface, Rittal units can communicate directly with superordinate systems and network with customers’ in-house monitoring and energy management systems. As a result, data such as the internal/external temperature of enclosures, and the temperature of condensers and evaporators, can be continuously evaluated.  Added to which, the run times of compressors and fans is easily accessible, as is information on capacity utilisation, messages and unit settings. Plant operators can therefore identify potential malfunctions early on, improving the reliability and availability of their systems.

Numerous industrial protocols are supported, allowing climate control solutions to be integrated into IoT applications, which paves the way for smart service solutions. Additionally, information from the units can be used in cloud-based systems for a wide range of analyses.

fri170442100 The new IoT interface means Rittal cooling units and chillers are ready for Industry 4.0 applications

 

Predictive maintenance and data analytics

At last year’s Hannover Messe, Rittal demonstrated the future of Industry 4.0 applications such as predictive maintenance and data analytics together with Siemens MindSphere and IBM Watson IoT.

Industry 4.0-capable Rittal units were integrated into Siemens MindSphere. This cloud-based, open IoT operating system enables users to develop their own Industry 4.0 applications. Using Siemens MindSphere, the platform is scalable and can capture and analyse huge volumes of data – paving the way for smart-factory applications, for example, in predictive maintenance, energy data management and resource optimisation.

As I indicated at the beginning, needs-based maintenance is cheaper than carrying out maintenance work at fixed intervals, and raises system availability. Our solution also calculates the shortest routes between calls for service engineers, which eliminates wasted journeys at facilities with a large number of machines. And live data on each unit means staff can bring the right spare part with them straight away!

Rittal products also inter-operate with the cloud-based data analytics system IBM Watson IoT.  Watson’s architecture is designed to process information rapidly, and employs machine-learning algorithms to analyse ever-growing data volumes. Data analytics applications are used to make maintenance more efficient and achieve a high standard of operational reliability.

Again, customer benefits include improved machine availability and optimised maintenance costs. The solution’s new technologies also make new business models – such as smart maintenance contracts – possible.

Visualised data in the cockpit

With the introduction of the Blue e+ cooling unit series, Rittal has set new standards for the energy efficiency of electrical enclosures.

Thanks to diagnostic software, users can go a step further, and save more energy through the optimum operation of their cooling units. Comprehensive information is essential of course, and all the relevant data is provided by the new data cockpit in RiDiag III.  All the information collected from the cooling unit’s numerous sensors is clearly displayed and evaluated, including temperatures, the input voltages and currents at the compressor.

The EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) display is particularly useful, allowing users to track how energy efficient the cooling unit is under specific environmental conditions and with specific settings. By analysing the data, users can optimise parameters, achieve additional efficiency improvements and hence lower costs.

What we’ve wanted to show in this article is how how the IoT Interface can be used, providing an insight into future Industry 4.0 applications and their potential benefits.  All this stems from the seamless transmission of data from sensors inside the cooling units and chillers to the cloud.

fri170407100 Blue e+ chillers will also be able to communicate over different network protocols with superordinate systems

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

The Enclosure Testers

Rittal’s innovative VX25 enclosure was recently put through its paces by technicians from the Schaper Group. 

Their observations on the new enclosure are notably around improved operational efficiencies and increased productivity. These offer interesting insights for other operators, and indeed anyone who has the final say on enclosure technology.

Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that make all the difference.  For Eugen Franzen, the team leader for mechanical installation at Controller Steuerungstechnik GmbH, part of the Schaper Group, it was an almost nondescript detail that won him over.

fri1820569100 Rittal enclosure testers

“The hole counting on the new frame sections means we can now pinpoint precisely where enclosure mounting parts should go,” he says.

This tiny, time-saving addition means operators can mount support rails or cable clamp rails at identical heights across all their enclosures, easily and with confidence. “Previously, we often had to revisit such details, which always involved extra work that we no longer have to worry about.” says Eugene.

It’s a welcome productivity improvement for Schaper Group teams, who like many in the sector, juggle fit-to-burst order books and high time/cost pressures, with the ever-present lack of specialist workers.

“All in all, we currently have seven vacancies in the manufacturing department alone and could hire trained applicants on the spot,” explains Nils Mentrup, technical manager at Schaper Steuerungstechnik GmbH.   Automated solutions that deliver a higher output with fewer trained staff offer Nils some relief.  But clearly new components and systems that save time during assembly also boost efficiency in manufacturing operations.

At the company’s cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Herford, Germany, everything is state of the art, meticulously planned and perfectly organised.

The facility, which features numbered wiring areas, was built in 2009 more than doubled in size in the last year.  Seventy workers manufacture control and switchgear solutions of various sizes at the site. “Thanks to the facility’s expansion, we now have enough space to produce several large systems 30 to 40 metres in length at once,” explains Nils.

They have just completed their first control systems using Rittal’s new VX25 enclosure.

“Its predecessor, TS 8, was a flawless enclosure,” recalls Nils. “That’s why we were pleasantly surprised that Rittal had evidently put a lot of thought into many different potential improvements when it devised the VX25.”

His attention has been on the reduced number of mounting parts and the positive impact this has had in terms of storage: “You see it straight away because storage is less of an issue now – both in our central warehouse and the parts warehouses for the individual projects that we set up directly at our workstations.”

Greater stability

The stability of the VX25 also meets the team’s approval.

“The enclosure itself is more stable now – that’s one of its major benefits,” say Eugene.

This is particularly apparent in the new gland plates.

When fitters are expanding enclosures they have to repeatedly go inside them. “In the past, the gland plates were often somewhat bent as a result, meaning we had to carry out reworking,” remembers Eugene. This is now a thing of the past, which of course adds to the overall time saving.   Added to which, there is the enclosure flooring’s design: “The frame is now designed so that there is no space between it and the gland plate. Back in the day, we often had problems with a screw falling down the gap,” he explains.

The new hinges allow the team to remove the enclosure doors without levering any hinge pins.  Eugene advises: “Even if we don’t plan to carry out machining on one of our Perforex machining centres, we usually take the enclosure doors off because it makes wiring so much easier.”

This particularly applies to larger switchgear, where wires need to be installed across multiple enclosures. “The time saved in assembly and dismantling can be anything up to one minute or more for each enclosure,” he adds.

“We also no longer have to wonder which rail goes where because with the VX25, the rails fit on both the vertical and horizontal frame parts and can be fitted from the side or the rear.” This means the team can now screw on a rail from the back, even if the mounting plate has already been fitted in the enclosure.

“In the past, if we ever forgot about the rail – which is an absolute must for some switchgear built to UL – we had to take the mounting plate apart or at least tip it forwards.” This is no longer the case, making life a lot easier for the team, and extends to fitting mounting components or side/rear panels.

“During assembly work, we always used to have two cordless screwdrivers that were equipped with the appropriate screw bits – now we only need one,” says Eugene.  The principle of one-person assembly has also won the team leader over.  “I can simply attach the rear panel at the top and it stays securely in position until I’ve tightened the screws.”

For any team, switching to new technology or products can create issues.  “At the start, most people are sceptical whenever things change, but we found the switchover to be quick and seamless,” says a delighted Nils.

This smooth transition is helped by the VX25 conversion assistant – a web-based tool that enables customers to simply convert parts lists from projects planned using the TS 8 into parts lists for the VX25.  Teams simply drag and drop their old parts lists onto the designated site, upload them as Excel files, and download the new parts lists once converted.

Even 3D engineering plans generated by Eplan Pro Panel can be converted without virtually no manual intervention. “Now that the first two large systems with the new enclosure are nearly finished, we have a good handle on how the conversion works,” says Nils.

Fast assembly

There are other time-saving aspects to dealing with Rittal.  For example, the company’s 24-hour delivery service.

“Nowadays, most units that we use in our systems take a relatively long time to deliver – that’s not the case with Rittal enclosures, which are always delivered the day after we place the order.” says Nils.

“We’re going to spread the word among our customers and we’re certain that they’ll soon see the benefits, too.”

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5G Rollout and the Data Centre Sector

By Clive Partridge, Rittal’s Technical Manager, IT Infrastructure.

The imminent rollout of the 5G mobile communications network and the significant increase in data that will need to be processed, stored and distributed is likely to have a significant impact on the data centre sector

So what should data centre operators be doing to prepare for it?

The 5G mobile communications network is shortly going to be rolled out and it is expected to revolutionise the mobile experience for us all by matching and surpassing the wireless network currently on offer. 

5G combines faster upload speeds and increased mobile capacity with considerably lower latency, reducing page loading times to a just one millisecond. 

5G will also help support the expansion of IoT-enabled devices, facilitating the use of wireless sensors in the home, and in factories and warehouses.  It will direct industrial robots and enable machine-to-machine communication, not to mention autonomous vehicles, even if these are still on the horizon.

Coverage won’t be universal to begin with.  The roll-out will probably start in main conurbations, followed by rural areas.  But data centre operators still need to be prepared for what’s likely to be a tidal wave of data that will now be processed/stored in the cloud.  Added to which, data centres also have to support the low latency delivered by 5G to maximise the potential of this very agile service and provide users with instant access to a constant data stream. 

Rittal 5G Network Rollout

Some of these pressures can be eased by decentralising IT infrastructure through the expansion of local edge data centres. The advance of edge computing, which essentially provides computing resources at the perimeter of a given network, allows data to be processed at source, taking advantage of low latency while supporting the real-time applications required to run systems.   

Edge data centres remain connected to the cloud, however, and it is cloud which then takes care of any less time-dependent data analyses.  Rittal, for example, offers a complete one-stop solution, in the iNNOVO Cloud and its own Edge Data Centre; a combination which is aimed at enterprises of all sizes.

Not surprisingly, many data centre owners have already anticipated the arrival of 5G.  Those that haven’t may need hardware refreshes or upgrades to deliver the low latency and bandwidth needed for both 5G and edge computing processing within the cloud. 

It’s worth noting that the general trend towards standardisation is helpful in this regard, and should help deliver both the fast deployment time and scalability which the market is now demanding from data centres.

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

The Enclosure Testers

Rittal’s innovative VX25 enclosure was recently put through its paces by technicians from the Schaper Group. 

Their observations on the new enclosure are notably around improved operational efficiencies and increased productivity. These offer interesting insights for other operators, and indeed anyone who has the final say on enclosure technology.

Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that make all the difference.  For Eugen Franzen, the team leader for mechanical installation at Controller Steuerungstechnik GmbH, part of the Schaper Group, it was an almost nondescript detail that won him over.

fri1820569100 Rittal enclosure testers

“The hole counting on the new frame sections means we can now pinpoint precisely where enclosure mounting parts should go,” he says. 

This tiny, time-saving addition means operators can mount support rails or cable clamp rails at identical heights across all their enclosures, easily and with confidence. “Previously, we often had to revisit such details, which always involved extra work that we no longer have to worry about.” says Eugene.

It’s a welcome productivity improvement for Schaper Group teams, who like many in the sector, juggle fit-to-burst order books and high time/cost pressures, with the ever-present lack of specialist workers.

“All in all, we currently have seven vacancies in the manufacturing department alone and could hire trained applicants on the spot,” explains Nils Mentrup, technical manager at Schaper Steuerungstechnik GmbH.   Automated solutions that deliver a higher output with fewer trained staff offer Nils some relief.  But clearly new components and systems that save time during assembly also boost efficiency in manufacturing operations.

At the company’s cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Herford, Germany, everything is state of the art, meticulously planned and perfectly organised.

The facility, which features numbered wiring areas, was built in 2009 more than doubled in size in the last year.  Seventy workers manufacture control and switchgear solutions of various sizes at the site. “Thanks to the facility’s expansion, we now have enough space to produce several large systems 30 to 40 metres in length at once,” explains Nils.

They have just completed their first control systems using Rittal’s new VX25 enclosure.

“Its predecessor, TS 8, was a flawless enclosure,” recalls Nils. “That’s why we were pleasantly surprised that Rittal had evidently put a lot of thought into many different potential improvements when it devised the VX25.”

His attention has been on the reduced number of mounting parts and the positive impact this has had in terms of storage: “You see it straight away because storage is less of an issue now – both in our central warehouse and the parts warehouses for the individual projects that we set up directly at our workstations.”

Greater stability

The stability of the VX25 also meets the team’s approval. 

“The enclosure itself is more stable now – that’s one of its major benefits,” say Eugene.

This is particularly apparent in the new gland plates.

When fitters are expanding enclosures they have to repeatedly go inside them. “In the past, the gland plates were often somewhat bent as a result, meaning we had to carry out reworking,” remembers Eugene. This is now a thing of the past, which of course adds to the overall time saving.   Added to which, there is the enclosure flooring’s design: “The frame is now designed so that there is no space between it and the gland plate. Back in the day, we often had problems with a screw falling down the gap,” he explains.

The new hinges allow the team to remove the enclosure doors without levering any hinge pins.  Eugene advises: “Even if we don’t plan to carry out machining on one of our Perforex machining centres, we usually take the enclosure doors off because it makes wiring so much easier.”

This particularly applies to larger switchgear, where wires need to be installed across multiple enclosures. “The time saved in assembly and dismantling can be anything up to one minute or more for each enclosure,” he adds.  

“We also no longer have to wonder which rail goes where because with the VX25, the rails fit on both the vertical and horizontal frame parts and can be fitted from the side or the rear.” This means the team can now screw on a rail from the back, even if the mounting plate has already been fitted in the enclosure.

“In the past, if we ever forgot about the rail – which is an absolute must for some switchgear built to UL – we had to take the mounting plate apart or at least tip it forwards.” This is no longer the case, making life a lot easier for the team, and extends to fitting mounting components or side/rear panels.

“During assembly work, we always used to have two cordless screwdrivers that were equipped with the appropriate screw bits – now we only need one,” says Eugene.  The principle of one-person assembly has also won the team leader over.  “I can simply attach the rear panel at the top and it stays securely in position until I’ve tightened the screws.”

For any team, switching to new technology or products can create issues.  “At the start, most people are sceptical whenever things change, but we found the switchover to be quick and seamless,” says a delighted Nils.

This smooth transition is helped by the VX25 conversion assistant – a web-based tool that enables customers to simply convert parts lists from projects planned using the TS 8 into parts lists for the VX25.  Teams simply drag and drop their old parts lists onto the designated site, upload them as Excel files, and download the new parts lists once converted.

Even 3D engineering plans generated by Eplan Pro Panel can be converted without virtually no manual intervention. “Now that the first two large systems with the new enclosure are nearly finished, we have a good handle on how the conversion works,” says Nils.

Fast assembly

There are other time-saving aspects to dealing with Rittal.  For example, the company’s 24-hour delivery service.

“Nowadays, most units that we use in our systems take a relatively long time to deliver – that’s not the case with Rittal enclosures, which are always delivered the day after we place the order.” says Nils.

“We’re going to spread the word among our customers and we’re certain that they’ll soon see the benefits, too.”

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Seamless Automation with Rittal & EPLAN

By Janice Martin

Complete project control from the first customer interaction through to the delivery and installation sounds good on paper. But during these initial steps: design creation, schematics, purchasing, labelling, documentation and manual tasks, efficiency and control are tough to manage, and time and production costs mount.

Until now….

Rittal and EPLAN brings you a clear value chain for Industry 4.0 to a company of any size. This is the next level for industry in manufacturing, moves businesses into a new era of faster production and turnaround time…on average up to 50 percent faster.

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The manufacturing ‘Value Chain’ concept has been created by Rittal and EPLAN who are part of the Friedhelm Loh Group and they have taken the power of EPLAN engineering software, Rittal enclosure systems and automation systems, so that every part of the manufacturing process is fully interconnected. No other group brings this collective manufacturing ability to the Industry 4.0 Value Chain.

The first link of the Value Chain is design, schematics and purchasing. With computer aided engineering, auto–populated materials and simulated interfaces, the EPLAN Data Portal, EPLAN Electric P8 and EPLAN Pro Panel delivers consistent project management, documentation and administration to streamline this process

The second link of the Value Chain is the need for superior manufactured components. Rittal undoubtedly produces the most innovative, modular solutions which are are certified for quality and available for quick delivery.

Finally the value chain process must be completed with the seamless optimisation of panel building and switchgear manufacturing. With the use of EPLAN, Rittal products and Rittal Automation Systems. The ideal workflow, from planning, engineering right through to production will be achieved.

Want a FREE demonstration – Contact your Rittal or EPLAN representative now

Contact: information@rittal.co.uk / 01709 704000

To find out more please visit -> https://www.rittal.com/com_en/automation-products-360/perforex-bc1001.php?lng=en

 

Value creation 4.0 with Rittal at Hannover Messe

At the Hanover trade fair 2019, Rittal will be presenting the benefits generated by new and enhanced system products, digital processes and an appropriate infrastructure.

he intelligent integration of value-creation processes is the key to digital transformation. At Hanover trade fair (Hannover Messe) 2019, Rittal will be presenting the benefits generated by new and enhanced system products, digital processes and an appropriate infrastructure. One of the highlights is the unveiling of a new generation of compact and small enclosures.

Industrial intelligence requires seamless connections between people, machines and data. At its 1,550m² stand at the Hanover trade fair, Rittal will be spotlighting the opportunities created by end-to-end digital integration. Beginning at an Industry 4.0 marketplace, visitors can discover through dialogue how Rittal is interpreting this year’s trade show theme, “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, to the benefit of its customers. “Our digitalised product portfolio and direct interaction with visitors drawn from all industries are the ideal basis for in-depth discussion of how to best achieve process efficiency,” states Uwe Scharf, Managing Director, Business Units and Marketing. Rittal technologies are deployed in more than 90 percent of all industries worldwide.

Premiere: new compact and small enclosures designed for the age of Industry 4.0

The Hanover trade fair will also witness the unveiling of entirely new products: “We have understood the new imperatives of digitalised industry, and developed a new generation of compact and small enclosures in response. In conjunction with the introduction of our Blue e+ range and the VX25 large enclosure system, this means all our core products have been entirely redesigned, and are fit for Industry 4.0,” explains Uwe Scharf. The launch of the new small and compact enclosures marks the digital transformation of a standardised product that has been made by Rittal for more than 50 years: 35 million units of the AE have been manufactured, making it the most popular compact enclosure in the world. It is regarded as the original, and the first-ever mass-produced industrial enclosure. Now, Rittal has addressed the evolving needs posed by the digital era, and created a completely revamped and rethought system product. Customers benefit from new functions that streamline and accelerate their value-creation processes, while improving flexibility and reliability.

A new production plant geared to Industry 4.0

In Haiger, Rittal has built an entirely new facility for production of the latest compact enclosures. The single largest investment in the company’s history, totalling 250 million euros, has established the world’s most advanced factory for compact and small enclosures, in line with Industry 4.0 principles. The highly automated facility will be integral to seamless order management and fulfilment, ensuring the continuous availability of standard products and corresponding accessories. Visitors to the Rittal stand will discover just how connected, digital manufacturing processes work, and how they can leverage them for their own business success.

Helping panel builders and switchgear manufacturers master the challenges of Industry 4.0

Rittal will again be demonstrating that it goes beyond individual products, and is committed to addressing the entire value chain in the manufacture of control systems and switchgear. It is actively supporting this key industry in its efforts to drive forward digitalisation, standardisation and automation. The companies will be presenting integrated solutions all along the value chain: from the provision of digital article data and product configurators to the engineering and work preparation process in which the enclosure’s digital twin is created, right through to digitally connected production.

Intelligent power distribution

Rittal is also to unveil recent developments in power distribution: the VX25 Ri4Power, based on the new VX25 baying enclosure, is a customisable system that offers diverse advantages in terms of the production of tested low-voltage switchgear – including high energy efficiency, the high availability of quality data, and ease of configuration by means of recently released Rittal Power Engineering software.

Tangible customer benefits through digital products and services

Industrial intelligence makes it possible to harness data and algorithms to monitor and manage the operation of systems, and to reliably predict faults or component failures: in manufacturing, in electricity grids, and in logistics. Rittal will also be showing customers the advantages of intelligent data analytics, i.e. in conjunction with its IIoT-ready products. This entails integrating active solutions such as cooling units, chillers and machines with information management tools via sensors and IoT or IIoT interfaces – residing on Rittal platforms such as EPLAN eView and RiZone, or on standard platforms such as Siemens MindSphere. 

Intelligent edge data centres

Industry 4.0 and smart industry call for low latency in conjunction with high reliability and security. Rittal supplies the corresponding infrastructure. Five edge data centres will be on display in typical use cases. The highlight is the intelligent edge data centre (IEDC), developed in an alliance with Atos and Siemens.

The IEDC captures all relevant data within Industry 4.0 production facilities. At the Hanover trade fair, Rittal will be underlining its strengths within realistic scenarios based on data generated by Blue e+ cooling units. The Siemens MindSphere platform is the basis for data collection and the corresponding services. Visitors also gain insights into potential benefits via demonstration use cases, such as the visualisation of Rittal production processes in Rittershausen via the MindSphere app, and data management in the cloud by means of iNNOVO in combination with MindSphere.

Value chain engineering

At their dedicated stand H30 in hall 6, Rittal subsidiaries Eplan and Cideon will show how tailor-made engineering solutions can effectively support customers’ digital transformation strategies. The focus is on the Efficiency Lab. The Eplan and Cideon experts will work with visitors to model current and target engineering processes, and to perform gap analysis as the basis for systematic digitalisation. Moreover, EPLAN eVIEW will be on display: the first-ever solution from the ePulse cloud system.

Find out more at http://www.rittal.co.uk

 

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ROC Technologies Become IT Certified Partner

 

Neil Battery, Partner Programme Manager (left) recently presented Steve Shirley, Chief Operating Officer, (right) at ROC Technologies Ltd with their certificate and award for the appointment of becoming one of Rittal’s “IT Certified Partners” as part of Rittal’s IT Global Partner Programme. Roc Technologies Ltd are now approved to sell / install / service Rittal solutions and products in the UK”.

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Further information on all Rittal’s products can be found at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Catch Rittal’s Edge Data Centre and more @DataCentreWorld

The revolution that is ‘edge’ will be front and centre on Rittal’s Stand #D610 at Data Centre World, London, from 12-13 March 2019.

The products on display will include the company’s Edge Data Centre which offers offer an end-to-end product with standardised, preconfigured IT infrastructure. 

Also at the show will be LCP DX cooling solutions and the company’s innovative RiMatrix Containerised Data Centre.

The advance of edge computing, which essentially provides computing resources at the perimeter of a given network, has been rapid as a consequence of growing technological demands for low latency, local data processing and high autonomy of infrastructure, system-wide security and high bandwidth.   The focus is typically on the immediate processing capacity required at the source of data making it as fast and secure as possible.

The need for edge computing can easily be seen in “smart” production systems, where sensors and actuators continually relay information on the status of processes and infrastructure. This forms the basis for innovative services such as alerts, predictive maintenance, and machine self-optimisation, delivered by the company’s IT department in real time. For this to happen, and for quick responses to events and anomalies, it’s critical to have low latency between production and the IT infrastructure.

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Clive Partridge, Rittal’s Technical Manager for IT Infrastructure advises: “DCW is always a very busy show for us and we’re delighted to be able to showcase such an exciting portfolio of products, all designed to help customers take advantage of innovations such as edge computing.

“Our solutions are designed to be implemented rapidly and cost-effectively, thereby paving the way for Industry 4.0 applications.  Their modular construction creates huge flexibility for customers.  They can be installed in an IT security room, or be containerised like our RiMatrix Containerised Data Centre, allowing it to be located wherever it is required.

RiMatrix Balanced Cloud Centre

“When combined with the as-a-service offering that Rittal jointly provides with iNNOVO Cloud, the Rittal Edge Data Centre provides a complete, one-stop solution for enterprises of all sizes.”

Further information on all Rittal’s edge products can be found at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Visit Rittal at DCW (Excel, London, 12-13 March 2019) on Stand D610 to find out how the industry leading experts can help you delivery your IT requirements.

New Rittal RiLine Compact 125 Amp Adaptor

Rittal has launched a new 45 mm RiLine Compact adaptor, which  is rated at 125 amps. 

It has two rear contact rows enabling users to easily and quickly plug the adaptor into two power boards mounted adjacent to each other. 

This means it is now possible to electrically connect two power boards, which in turn increases the flexibility offered by the RiLine Compact power board.

The RiLine Compact adaptor can be fed with a power supply from either the top or the bottom end.  If there are any obstructions which prevent this, such as cable trunking which blocks incoming cables, then the adaptor can be turned 180 degrees and used instead as a centre feed.

The new connection adaptor is suitable for both IEC and UL markets.

Rittal RiLine 125 Amp Adapter

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