Cooperation for engineering, automation, and system technology
Take a holistic approach to your processes in panel building. With Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact by your side, you have three strong partners who will work with you to achieve this.
Benefit from a longstanding collaboration that offers exceptional added value for consistent digitalization in panel building and switchgear manufacturing. All aspects are optimally coordinated, enabling us to provide you with smart solutions from electrical engineering all the way to the digitally-supported and automated production.
Open data standards for smooth production processes starting from a batch size of 1
For our cross-system interfaces and integrations, we use open data standards such as AutomationML and ECLASS. This enables the continuous flow of data for your product development and manufacturing starting from a batch size of 1 right through to series production. Furthermore, we actively promote the wider adoption and further development of standards concerning digital transformation for the entire industry.
Experience efficiency – along your entire process chain in panel building
From the initial preplanning in engineering and the digital twin for automated manufacturing through to flexible services for active system operation: we offer a joint consulting service and comprehensive portfolio of solutions for each process step. Experience efficiency firsthand: discover for yourself the unique advantages of the partnership initiative with Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact.
Find out how we can boost your efficiency and discover for yourself the unique advantages of our cooperation – both now and in the future.
Improved design using digital twins. This sums up the principle by which Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG has recently been organising its engineering and assembly of control cabinets. A central prerequisite for this is the EPLAN Platform.
“For us, this speeds up control cabinet design considerably because the parts are selected according to a system of options. We also make the data available to customers on request, and there is hardly a cutomer who doesn‘t appreciate this service.“ Fabian Camek, Head of Electrical Design.
Ripploh Elektrotechnik & Engineering
All processes at Ripploh are highly digitized and, if possible, automated. The result: greater efficiency and speed, a lower error rate and more orders processed with the same number of employees.The data generated in the engineering department is used seamlessly to manage processes in the workshop. The 3D planning in EPLAN Pro Panel, for example, provides the data for the CNC machine used to machine panels and for fully automated wire processing.
To automate the workshop processes, Elpex relies on the Perforex BC 1001 HS machining center and a Secarex AC 15 cutting center from Rittal Automation Systems. The optimized interaction between engineering and automated enclosure processing accelerates processes by up to 50 % - with increased product quality, optimized waste rates and lower costs.
Automation continues to forge ahead, including in the field of control cabinet manufacturing – and, with consistent communication between the configuration software and terminal strip assembly, Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik GmbH aims to further optimize its concept for control cabinet manufacturing 4.0. For this purpose, the company is considering the PROJECT complete software because the data processed by this software allow for individual terminal strip assembly and marking during the engineering process.
As part of the cooperation, the companies Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact presented a lecture on the topic of "The future of panel building - How is digitalization changing engineering and manufacturing processes" at the virtual SPS Connect.
Phoenix Contact Dialog Days
EPLAN, Rittal and Phoenix Contact took part in the Phoenix Contact Dialog Days in November 2020 as part of the “Smart Engineering and Production” cooperation. A lecture was presented on the subject of "The future of control cabinet construction - How is digitalization changing engineering and manufacturing processes".
Eplan provides software and service solutions in the fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering. The company develops one of the world’s leading design software solutions for machine and panel builders. Both standardised as well as customised interfaces to ERP and PLM/PDM systems ensure data consistency along the whole value chain. Eplan was founded in 1984 and is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group.
Rittal is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Together with Eplan, Rittal optimizes the customer's entire value chain in control and switchgear manufacturing. The companies are part of the Friedhelm Loh Group, which generated revenues of €2.6 billion 2019 with 12,100 employees and 96 subsidiaries worldwide.
Phoenix Contact is a global market leader for components, systems, and solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, and automation. Today, the family-owned company employs around 17,600 people worldwide, and had a turnover of €2.48 billion in 2019. The product range consists of components and system solutions for generating, transporting, and distributing energy, for device manufacturing and machine building, and for control cabinet manufacturing. Markets within the manufacturing industry, renewable energy industry, mobility industry, and smart building industry are supported with comprehensive concepts including engineering and services.
Eplan – Rittal – Phoenix Contact