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Rittal at the Hanover Fair 2014: On the way to Industry 4.0

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Rittal, together with its sister companies Cideon, Eplan and Kiesling, is presenting pioneering solutions for integrated value chains in panel building and switchgear construction. These will be presented under the slogan "Next level for industry" at a new stand of around 2,000 m² in area at the Hanover Fair 2014.

2014-03-04. Rittal, together with its sister companies Cideon, Eplan and Kiesling, is presenting pioneering solutions for integrated value chains in panel building and switchgear construction. These will be presented under the slogan “Next level for industry” at a new stand of around 2,000 m² in area at the Hanover Fair. The focus is on end-to-end engineering tools, standardised systems and automated processing machines, which greatly help in making value chains even more efficient. With its comprehensive portfolio of IT infrastructure, Rittal is presenting solutions for the increasing integration of IT technology in industry – from individual IT racks to the standardised RiMatrix S data centre.

"Even if it will still take a few years before the vision of Industry 4.0 is implemented, some promising approaches have already been achieved at Rittal, Cideon, Eplan and Kiesling", explained Uwe Scharf, Rittal’s Executive Vice President for Product Management. The focus of current development activities in panel building and switchgear construction was on optimising the engineering process from start to end. The aim was to increase the integration of product development and production processes, as well as to enhance the convergence of the virtual and real worlds. "Consistent standardisation and comprehensive product data models, consistent data storage, data-compatible tools, coordinated processes throughout engineering, as well as new automated new automated mechanical engineering and processes are all essential prerequisites for implementing Industry 4.0," Mr Scharf added.

Within the Friedhelm Loh Group, companies like Cideon, Eplan, Rittal and Kiesling Maschinentechnik are already offering highly advanced solutions. The optimal synchronization of the companies within the group represents a huge advantage for users in switchgear construction.

Today, efficiency in panel building can already be significantly improved by using M-CAD and E-CAD product data (RICAD 3D and Eplan Data Portal), networked software tools (Eplan Electric P8, Eplan Pro Panel, Rittal Therm, and Rittal Power Engineering), as well as automated machine technology from Kiesling, such as the Averex wiring robot, which is now ready for series production. At the Hanover Fair, Rittal is presenting the RICAD 3D component library with a complete data update. In addition to the Eplan View app, the Rittal Therm and Eplan Data Portal software tools are also available as app versions.

Ri4Power partnership stand

With its technology partner programme based on the Ri4Power switchgear platform, Rittal is demonstrating how control and switchgear can be constructed in accordance with the DIN EN 61439 standard, and what a cooperation with well-known companies in the electrical switchgear sector can look like. In 2014, such renowned companies as ABB, Eaton, GE, Siemens and Terasaki, as well as the users Frako, Janitza, Kesselhut, Trips and Majo are again participating. In terms of products, Rittal has extended its Ri4Power product platform by adding a newly developed 185-mm busbar system. This way, compact power distribution systems can be easily implemented in industrial applications and in larger buildings.

Another highlight of the show is Rittal’s presentation of its easy-to-mount SE 8 system enclosure, now as NEMA 4/4x version, as well as a further development of the PC enclosure system. With a new TS isolator door cover, Rittal is also ensuring the easier installation of enclosures with circuit-breakers for the North American market.

The system provider is also making a big impression on the topic of energy storage. This is shown by recent application examples with energy storage enclosures for companies such as ads-tec, LG Chem, Sonnenbatterie and Varta.

Data Centre Management

The system provider Rittal is also presenting itself as an expert on IT-infrastructure. Thus, the manufacturer is exhibiting pre-configured solutions to the TS IT Rack for network and server applications, the Micro Data Centre, as well as the completely standardised RiMatrix S data centre. With RiZone 3.5, the platform for data centre infrastructure management (DCIM), capacity management is now possible – in addition to the monitoring of the physical infrastructure. In conjunction with online acquisition of data by RFID and Dynamic Rack Control (DRC) or manual input, RiZone 3.5 guarantees the complete documentation of servers and so offers an ideal basis for the monitoring and planning of resources, such as power, climate control and height units in the data centre. In addition, Rittal is revealing the new DET-AC III fire detection and extinguishing system for use in enclosed server enclosures: with positive results as independent tests from VdS have confirmed. The newly integrated CAN bus interface provides direct access to the Computer Multi Control III monitoring system and so integrates the unit ideally in "Rittal - The System."

Rittal is present on three other stands at the Hanover Fair: the Forum Efficiency Arena (Hall 14/15, Stand K09), Forum Industrial IT (Hall 8, Stand D19) und TectoYou (Hall 11, Pavilion D). Eplan will be exhibiting in Hall 7, at Stand D18.