Rittal’s Hygienic Solution for Large Control Systems

Rittal’s Hygienic Design System enclosures combine the features of their Hygienic Design Compact enclosures with a modular, bayable configuration. 

They deliver a flexible and hygienic solution that protects installed electrical and electronic equipment, even in washdown areas.

The addition of standard accessories from Rittal’s TS 8 range, plus the flexibility afforded by baying, as well as the ability to swap the door handles, gives users a solution that can be tailored to suit even complex control systems in production clean rooms.

The Hygienic Design System enclosure eliminates dead space and dirt traps, which reduces the risk of both direct and indirect cross-contamination. 

Features that help improve hygiene levels include:

  • Hinge and lock components located inside the seal face
  • Internally secured sloped roof and side panels
  • Blue-dyed silicone seals
  • Special protruding lock inserts
  • Hygienically designed accessories, including glands, levelling feet and viewing window

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The lack of dead space and dirt traps makes cleaning easier, the more so because the roof is angled at 30 degrees and all gaps are at least finger-sized.

The enclosure has an ingress protection category of IP 59K.  As such, it shields installed equipment from dust, dirt, and powerful, high-temperature, water jets, during production and cleaning, even in washdown areas.

As a result, the Hygienic Design System enclosure can have major business benefits.  By making cleaning easier, and better protecting electrical and electronic components it reduces both scheduled, and unplanned, downtime.  This means it can increase uptime and improve productivity while contributing to creating a hygienic production environment.

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

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Data and workflows for Industry 4.0

The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system supports the control and switchgear engineering industry on the path toward Industry 4.0.

The new system combines a physical enclosure with its digital twin, ensuring it will meet all future digital needs – from online configuration and engineering to assembly, automation and tracking. 

Rittal has created a system capable of merging real and physical workflows – delivering significant improvements in efficiency for panel builders and switchgear manufacturers.

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The VX25 ensures 3D data is available in consistent maximum quality. The digital element supports control and switchgear manufacturers across every process along their value chain. This means electrical planning, mechanical design, purchasing, cost calculation and manufacturing, as well as every other area of switchgear construction, can always access complete, high-quality data. That capability then opens up new ways for end-users to digitise their processes in accordance with Industry 4.0.

Maximum data quality

Efficient designing and planning is supported through the easy download of detailed, validated 3D CAD data (Rittal website or EPLAN data portal), the flexible data transmission in all common CAD systems (a total of 70 formats), the mechatronic engineering with CAE/CAD, the generation of enclosure layouts with EPLAN Pro Panel, as well as data classification according to eClass and ETIM, all.

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Error-free configuration

The web-based Rittal Configuration System (RiCS) enables simple and error-free configuration of the VX25 and the desired installation components – even without any knowledge of CAD.

The required planning security is ensured by integrated plausibility checks that provide direct feedback, ensuring that the solution has a high level of reliability. Rittal has also simplified the ordering processes by linking it to the online shop, as well as with web-based conversion tools to support a changeover from the TS 8 to the VX25 large enclosure system.

Easy tracking

Validated configuration and engineering results then provide the basis for the automatic controlling of machines at plant construction production facilities. The VX25 panels are equipped with a QR code to optimise the value creation processes within control and switchgear engineering.  Production control and traceability is conceivable in future within control and switchgear engineering. Using the QR code, it will be possible to align the components of the enclosure to a specific order or customer project. This will allow the components to be tracked through the complete workflow, to be assigned to the correct editing programs and for the processing times to be recorded.

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

Assembly benefits combined with savings in time

Time is precious, particularly in control and switchgear engineering where there is always a requirement for some element of manual labour.

With its new VX25 large enclosure system, Rittal is offering tangible installation benefits, thanks to its new, improved functionalities. These include improved accessibility, a greater installation depth, tool-free assembly, clever baying seals, and a completely new base/plinth system.

Most of the improved functions of the VX25 large enclosure system are due to a new frame section which provides better accessibility through all four sides. The outer of the two available mounting levels can now also be directly populated from outside without any additional parts.  This reduces assembly time by around 30 minutes, compared to conventional methods. The same applies to the new option of installing mounting plates from the back, which is a great improvement, particularly when heavily populated mounting plates are being installed. The 20 millimetres of added installation depth then provides more room for manoeuvre in the enclosure for particularly deep installations.

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Easy installation of mounting plates

Likewise, its new protective slides are designed to make assembly far easier. Up to now, it had often been difficult to install very heavy mounting plates. Lifting with a crane and the subsequent installation in the enclosure were sometimes very awkward operations. With the VX25, protective slides ensure that the mounting plate can be easily positioned and screwed in place after it has been lowered down by the crane.

Additional mounting level

The new frame section has been cleverly rethought to improve the fit-out of the interior. Because it now offers access from all sides, it also means an additional mounting level has been created. Divider panels and partitions, as well as covers for contact hazard protection, can be mounted directly from the outside on the frame section when the side or rear panel is removed. This creates more space within the enclosure, which can then be used for electrical components.

Tool-free installation

Thanks to the new snap-on handle system, the VX25’s handles can be changed twice as quickly as before. While, for instance, comfort handles used to have to be laboriously removed and later re-mounted with screws, now they are inserted by merely plugging them in; no tools are needed. As a result, assembly time is roughly halved.

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Control and switchgear manufacturers no longer have any need to machine the door with its 180° hinge mounting. The 180° hinge can be quickly and easily mounted on the enclosure without drilling, meaning fitting the doors is now child’s play. They are just as easy to remove as they are to attach, and they automatically lock when closed.

Comfortably removing the base/plinth

The base/plinth of the VX25 has been completely rethought. It combines all the elements of the TS and the Flex-Block base/plinth systems, with many new features.  This means all the usual enclosure accessories can be installed in the base/plinth. As well as baying brackets and cable clamp rails, routed cables can be easily and efficiently clamped and fixed via the system’s punched section.  This saves time and money while providing greater reliability.

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

Rittal’s New VX25 System Enclosure Truck is Coming to the UK – for a Limited Time Only!

You are invited to the premiere of the brand new VX25 Rittal freestanding
enclosure at Rittal’s head office at Hellaby in South Yorkshire (just off the M18)
on the 8th & 9th May!

VX25 IE Truck

TIME SAVINGS:
Precise hole counting offers an easy point of orientation at all levels of the enclosure frame when fixing rails and punched sections in place installation components

SYSTEM BENEFITS:
More assembly-friendly and efficient engineering thanks to a frame profile with a 25 mm pitch pattern that is symmetrical across all levels and can be accessed from all sides.

SIMPLIFICATION:
Thanks to the new hinge, doors can be installed and removed incredibly easily and without needing any tools, thus eliminating the need to separately lock and unlock hinge bolts.

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  • Register NOW your attendance to visit The VX25 New System Enclosure Truck.
  • Please Call or Email including your preferred date & time.
  • Appointments will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Email: marketing@rittal.co.uk

Call: 01709 704105

Visit: https://www.rittal.com/com_en/vx25/index.php?lng=en 

Location: Rittal Limited, Braithwell Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, Rotherham S66 8QY

 

Rittal’s NEW generation location case takes the stage at #Infrarail2018

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

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

If you’re at the show be sure to call to see our expert team on stand D11 to find out more

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Network Cable Organiser – NCO.

Revolutionise your cable management…

Modern network infrastructures are reliant on optimum performance and
maximum flexibility with their cabling.
The Network Cable Organizer (NCO) is indispensable for ensuring this.
It revolutionises patching work on the enclosure, with 8 times faster
assembly. This not only nets you huge time savings, it also creates space
and order in the rack.

NCO

  • Front access – Ideal for retrofitting into existing 800 mm racks
  • Secure locking – Each cable cassette has a cable attachment to avoid mechanical strain on the cable
  • Preconfigured – Complete CAT 6 systems including 24 cable cassettes, 8 times faster than conventional cabling
  • Always the right length! Surplus cable lengths – whether CAT 6 or fibre-optic – are simply withdrawn with a spring balancer
  • Minimise cable chaos – Prevent obstructions to the air circulation in the vicinity of network switches

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

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.     

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.