Pioneering solutions for engineering. The price pressure in the wind industry has undergone a massive increase. Wind turbine operators now require efficient solutions for construction, operation and maintenance. At the same time, digitalisation offers major potential for panel building and switchgear manufacturing to optimise their value creation processes and continue the development towards Industry 4.0. At the Husum Wind trade fair (10 to 13 September) in Husum, Rittal presents new solutions to significantly accelerate the planning and production processes. The trade fair highlights include the new AX and KX compact and small enclosures along with infrastructure solutions for energy storage.
At Husum Wind, Rittal presents new solutions and products that provide panel builders and switchgear manufacturers with the creative elements to successively expand their digital value chain. The portfolio ranges from engineering and system solutions for enclosure technology to automation systems as well as cable manufacturing machines and hand tools. Rittal also offers wind turbine operators IT infrastructure solutions such as the Edge Data Center along with new options for smart services.
New enclosure technology for Industry 4.0
The unveiling of the new AX and KX compact and small enclosure series demonstrates Rittal’s response to the challenges of Industry 4.0. These enclosures feature digital equipment and integrate perfectly into the digital value chain, providing panel builders and switchgear manufacturers with an even better foundation for the digital transformation. In addition to high quality 3D data and configuration tools, features such as QR codes on all of the processed panels, for example, simplify the integration into the production workflow. This permits modern digital monitoring – from the receipt of incoming goods to completion.
The manufacturer presents the brand-new AX and KX series as pioneering solutions for electrical installation in wind energy systems. The compact and small enclosures enable easier and faster assembly while enhancing both flexibility and safety. The installation of doors and locking systems has been simplified and does not usually require tools. The additional space which the AX and KX series offer in comparison to the predecessor series is another advantage. The optimised cut-outs and larger flange plate provide up to a third more space for gland plates.
Infrastructure standards for energy storage
Components from Rittal can also be employed to create infrastructure solutions for energy storage systems. The products are standardised, fully mutually compatible, certified , and can be supplied worldwide. They range from individual enclosures to entire containerised solutions. As a result, one-stop mechanical, power-distribution and cooling solutions are available for integrators and equipment manufacturers. Rittal presents the new VX25 enclosure system as an application example for an energy storage enclosure. All common battery modules can be easily integrated into this system thanks to its ease of assembly.
With its heavy-duty component shelves, the battery rack can support loads weighing up to 100 kg per tray to a total of 1,500 kg. In addition, the design also enables the flexible integration of diverse battery shapes into the rack. The batteries are contacted directly via the Rittal busbar system. Furthermore, the roof section provides adequate space for the battery management. These energy storage enclosures can be connected in rows easily and at any time, enabling scalable storage capacity. As proof of its solution expertise for the growing energy storage market, Rittal introduces its energy storage enclosures for the battery system manufacturer Commeo.
Rittal also demonstrates how its own solutions and smart services advance the development of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). These range from intelligent cooling solutions to smart service concepts such as predictive maintenance together with IT infrastructure solutions such as the Edge Data Centre. As a consequence, companies can enhance the failure safety of their systems while optimising energy consumption and expanding digitalisation.
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Systems made by Rittal are deployed in over 90 per cent of all industries across the world, including machine building and plant engineering, food and beverages, and IT and telecommunications.
The international market leader’s product portfolio includes configurable enclosures, with data available across the entire production process. Smart Rittal cooling systems, with up to 75 per cent lower power and CO2 consumption, can communicate with the production landscape, enabling predictive maintenance and servicing. The offering also includes innovative IT products, from IT racks and modular data centres, to edge and hyperscale computing solutions.
Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon support the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offers solutions for switchgear. Within Germany, Rittal can supply products on demand within 24 hours – with precision, flexibility and efficiency.
Founded in 1961, Rittal is the largest company in the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group is active worldwide, with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiar-ies. It has more than 12,000 employees and posted revenues of 2.6 billion euros in fiscal 2018. In 2018, the family-run business was named one of Germany’s leading employers by the Top Employers Institute, for the tenth year running. Within the scope of a Germany-wide survey, Focus Money magazine identified the Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation’s best providers of vocational training for the third time in 2018.