Rittal and Eplan:

Your strong partners for sustainable panel building and switchgear manufacturing

Rittal and Eplan
Added value with united strength

How can industrial companies add value to their processes and make them faster, more economical and more precise? Rittal and Eplan automate and industrialise control and switchgear design - with expert knowledge and ideally aligned solutions.

Our secret to success is continually improving the collaboration between product development and manufacturing.

We focus on combining software solutions with system technology and automation machines to create tailored solutions for our customers’ individual value chains. The advantages are clear: Digitalisation and consistency throughout all processes and systems, which significantly reduces the manufacturing and assembly time.

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Engineering

01_Technical_Specifications
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The manufacturer of enclosures and switchgear receives customer data and validates it with regard to the availability of article data, completeness and suitability for all subsequent processes, e.g. in engineering and work preparation. If necessary, the data must be prepared accordingly. Moreover, necessary enclosure options and associated additional process steps are determined.

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02_Technical_Consulting_and_Design
TECHNICAL CONSULTING & DESIGN

Suitable solutions for the enclosure, the necessary system accessories, the power distribution as well as heating, cooling or climate control are defined.

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03_Product_Functional_Design
PRODUCT FUNCTIONAL DESIGN

The schematic is on the one hand the standard-compliant functional description of the required automation technology, a machine or plant, and on the other hand the basis for many process steps in product manufacture, including the production of the control cabinet for the control technology. The schematic is created with specially developed ECAD solutions and is an elementary component of the product documentation of the machine or plant "as built".

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04_Checking_and_Correcting
CHECKING & CORRECTING

The schematic is checked for conformity to standards, completeness and correctness before it is made available for subsequent processes. This way, errors in subsequent processes, e.g. in the unambiguous designation of components or in the complete description of electrical connections, can be avoided. Ideally, this is done automatically with the support of the ECAD software.

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05_Mechanical_Infrastructure
MECHANICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

With a view to the customer’s requirements, the location, the environmental conditions and the space required for the installation of the electrical and fluid components specified in the schematic, the appropriate type of enclosure is selected, dimensioned and supplemented with the necessary accessories.

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06_Digital_Twin
DIGITAL TWIN

The digital twin is used to create a virtual 3D model of the enclosure based on all engineering data. The digital twin brings great opportunities concerning manual process steps as well as for automation and digitalization of all process steps in panel building, e.g. mechanical processing, wire prefabrication, wiring and terminal assembling.

The digital twin contains all information for downstream processes and makes it available for each process step, in the required depth and at the time it is needed. The digital twin is a central element of digitalization and the basis for optimization, automation and implementation of processes in panel building and switchgear manufacturing.

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07_Thermal_Design_and_Dimensioning
THERMAL DESIGN & DIMENSIONING

Customer requirements, ambient conditions at the installation site, electrotechnical components and their power dissipation as well as the defined assembly layout of the digital twin define the framework conditions for configuring and dimensioning the optimal climate control solution and the correct distribution of the air flows.

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Sourcing

08_Ordering
ORDERING

Modern ECAD systems are not isolated solutions. The deep integration into the customer's IT infrastructure makes it possible to transfer automatically generated bills of materials – for quotations and material procurement – into existing ERP systems. Ideally, an engineering solution should therefore not only include standardized interfaces to the market-leading ERP, PDM and PLM systems, but also tools for the individual integration of the software into the customer's IT system landscape.

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09_Manufacturing_Documents
MANUFACTURING DOCUMENTS

The manufacturing documents, like drawings, BOMs, terminal lists etc., as well as all necessary data for the automated production process steps are created automatically with the help of software solutions using standardized interfaces and standardized data.

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10_Logistics
LOGISTICS

The enclosure and switchgear manufacturer obtains customer data and validates it with regard to the availability of article data, completeness and suitability for all downstream processes, such as those in engineering and work preparation. The data may need to be prepared accordingly. Necessary enclosure options and the additional process steps associated with these options are also identified.

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11_Kitting
KITTING

A complete and clearly structured bill of materials and a disposition list coming from the ERP System ensure that required components are listed to the corresponding customer order and next to their manufacturing stages for easy assembly.

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Manufacturing

12_Cutting
CUTTING

The digital twin provides all drilling and cutting data to prepare variable-length components such as DIN rails, cable clamp rails, cable ducts and cable duct covers for assembly.

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13_Panel_Modification
PANEL MODIFICATION

Based on the drilling and milling data in the digital twin, the housing adaptation and the mechanical machining of the flat parts is automatically carried out by a CNC machine.

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14_Terminal_Strip_Assembly
TERMINAL STRIP ASSEMBLY

Based on the digital twin, all necessary article information on DIN rails, terminals and terminal accessories for the automated assembly of terminal strips is provided via standardized interfaces. The terminal diagram is also available for manual assembly of DIN rails.

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15_Mechanical_Installation
MECHANICAL INSTALLATION

2D layouts containing all the information needed for installation work are generated based on where devices are positioned in the digital twin.

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16_Labeling_Devices
LABELLING DEVICES

Device tag data from the digital twin is forwarded to label printers, eliminating manual entry, sorting or editing.

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17_Wire_Fabrication
WIRE FABRICATION

The creation of the digital twin includes, among other things, the definition of the optimal installation paths of the electrical connections from the schematic inside the enclosure and the determination of the necessary lengths for each of the connections. In combination with the specifications from the schematic for colour, diameter, material type and wire end preparation, the digital twin comprises the data required for manual and fully automatic assembly of a wire or cable. Standardised interfaces also make it possible to provide this data directly for fully automatic wire processing.

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18_Wiring
WIRING

The wiring information in the digital twin is used to visualize routing paths and necessary connection points for the installation. The completeness of all information in conjunction with the visualization of the installation and connection situation makes it possible to wire the enclosure without a schematic.

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19_Testing
TESTING

The point-to-point connection lists for wires, cables, terminals and devices help to identify potential faults before commissioning the enclosure.

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Operations

20_Operations
OPERATIONS

Data access via cloud solutions is possible at any time and from anywhere – even on mobile devices. This is of great benefit for the maintenance and repair of the enclosure.

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21_IT_Service
SERVICE

The enclosure and or the cooling unit itself can also generate and send data, for example current status information, temperatures, maintenance data etc. This is made possible by components with an IoT interface and hardware such as the Rittal IoT Interface, which collects data and transmits it to overarching systems. When data along the value chain are digitized, service and operations can benefit as well.

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