Machinery : Process Technology : Enclosure
Innovative strength has been woven into the Rittal DNA since its foundation. In 1961, Rudolf Loh Elektrogerätebau was founded in Rittershausen by the entrepreneur Rudolf Loh, with one simple guiding principle: “Enclosures off the shelf, immediately.” In its founding year it launched the world’s first standard enclosure on the market. In 1969, the company was renamed Rittal, in honor of its roots in Rittershausen in Dietzhölztal. Within just a few years, Rittal enclosures had become established as a global standard, and have remained so to this day.
Rittal and EPLAN: Better Together
The digital transformation of the industrial enclosure
Before the proliferation of Industry 4.0, the design and engineering process for industrial enclosures and/or switchgear cabinets was a laborious, manual process with a variety of roadblocks in terms of collaboration, communication and visibility into the process. In addition, the ability to accurately project the durability of building materials and the enclosures as a whole was the equivalent of a dice roll, which provided even more uncertainty.
However, with the introduction of Industry 4.0, computer-aided design (eCAD) programs as well as software like EPLAN have provided engineers with real-time visualizations and insight into everything from material sourcing to the creation and alteration of panel and enclosure schematics. With EPLAN, enclosure-configuration data can easily be stored, retrieved, and shared to mitigate issues with downstream tasks.
Panel engineers and builders can gain powerful predictive insights into the environmental conditions where these enclosures will be deployed, enabling them to combat ingress of contaminants and increase the overall lifespan of the enclosure.