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
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 right through to series production. Based on standard products, the production of batch size 1 becomes possible in your 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.
W. Althaus AG
As far as W. Althaus AG is concerned, the secret to better efficiency in panel building and switchgear has for years been automation, plus data consistency for processes and a strong technology network with Eplan, Rittal and Phoenix Contact.
Ingela GmbH, from Bisingen in Germany, evolved from being solely a manufacturer of enclosures to a provider of engineering services for mechanical engineering thanks to Eplan. Since establishing its first Eplan workplace in 2013, the company has followed a straightforward policy: “We want to exploit the potential of automation fully” says Ingo Straub, Managing Partner of Ingela. This has set the stage for further stages of automation.
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.
Hannover Messe Digital Edition 2021
In the presentation “Standardized interfaces open up new paths for individual automation in production” on April 13th, 2021 at the digital Hannover Messe, the benefits and advantages of the interaction between smart engineering and smart production were discussed.
Here you can watch the presentation again:
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.
"We need standardized data description models much earlier than in the engineering phase, for example when a manufacturing company formulates requirements for machine builders, panel builders or providers of automation solutions."
Sebastian Seitz, CEO at EPLAN
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.
"With Smart Engineering and Production, we focus on consistency in digital engineering and the complete horizontal and vertical value chain over the entire product lifecycle."
Dr. Thomas Steffen, Managing Director Research and Development at Rittal
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 17,100 people worldwide, and had a turnover of €2.4 billion in 2020. 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.
"Smart Engineering and Production shows how standardized data models ultimately contribute to fully automated production. But this is only one possibility, as the advantages are also evident in partially automated or manual processes."
Roland Bent, Chief Representative at Phoenix Contact
Eplan – Rittal – Phoenix Contact