Rittal Automation System - Automate your panel building and switchgear manufactruring!
Can industry 4.0 be used to gain a competitive advantage in practice?
How can this contribute to a better time-to-customer and improve your cost structure even with a maximum batch size of one？
Rittal Automation System provides you with ideas based on industry 4.0. At the new 1200-square-meter Rittal Innovation Center in Haiger, we provide you, as a user, with a practical step-by-step demonstration of how we can optimize your value-added chain from end to end.
Rittal, EPLAN, and Cideon represent here a consistent implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts in switchgear and control manufacturing. The Rittal Innovation Center is a training and innovation center for customers and colleagues. Control and switchgear manufacturing, for example, this switchgear for a machine will be produced through the digital process chain. Start with engineering through the production up to the final product.The Rittal prototype is the link between all process steps and will be created with engineering solutions from Rittal, and Cideol.The electrical planning starts with the functional engineering with EPLAN Electric P8. Result is the circuit diagram and bill of materials. Nest step is the 3D mounting layout and wiring with EPLAN Pro Panel. The Rittal system configuration supports the enclosure configuration. Database for this engineering solutions is the EPLAN Data Portal, the web-based product catalogue. Result of the engineering process is the complete digital-described switchgear.With integrated ERP/PDM interfaces, the result can be transferred to commercial and technical process steps.
The manufacturing process starts with incoming goods and order picking. Here we support with data from the virtual prototype and also with handling tools for stocking and moving. We provide with further handling tools in next step to preassembling and demounting of component, as an example, the mounting plate. Now, the mounting plate will be prepared with drills and holes. The data come from the virtual prototype created with EPLAN Pro Panel. The alternative for machining is our 3D laser cutting center, and it’s especially for stainless steel enclosures. The data comes again from EPLAN Pro Panel. The cutting of DIN rails and ducts will be done as planned in the virtual prototype. The cutting center optimize workflow and minimize trash. Cutting, mounting, and labeling of terminal strips with our fully automated machine, will help to save time and increase your quality. The fully automated assembly of Wiring Cables can be done as such with machine from our partner Komax. Instead of fully automated of manual production of wire, we offer semi-automated machines for cutting, stripping, stripping and crimping. After preparing the mounting plate with drills and holes, cutting the ducts and rails, preparing the terminal block all components must be fit on the mounting plate. For this, we offer individually adjustable assembly frames. Now, the complete assembled mounting plate will be inserted into the wiring center according to EPLAN data. All steps beginning from assembly to wiring from connecting to the components up to laying inside the cable trays will be done fully automated. With EPLAN Smart Wiring, the worker get step-by-step instruction for manual wiring. Database is EPLAN Pro Panel. Time saving, transparency and traceability are the most important benefits. Now, the complete wired mounting plate must be installed back inside an enclosure. For this, we use the same handling tool. This allowed us to work very economic. Also, for mounting of heavy components, like this climatization unit. Now, the rest of the components must be installed and be wired，also supported by EPLAN Smart Wiring. Finally, the quality control. After successfully quality check, we have here the one-to-one image of the virtual prototype as the real product.
The solutions, engineering system and automation, connected through the virtual prototype are the key facts for an efficient digital workflow. Discover her inside the Rittal Innovation Center individual solutions for continuous development of value-added processes. The Friedhelm Loh group with Rittal , EPLAN, and Cideon is your partner for Industry 4.0.
We sincerely invite all of you to keep your attention, and we will continue to show you the details of Rittal Automation System products.