Smart Engineering
and Production

Efficiency in panel building

Eplan – Rittal – Phoenix Contact

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Creation of item data
Provision of data
Basic engineering
Detail engineering
Digital manufacturing integration
Procurement of materials and purchasing
Control cabinet layout and process planning


W. Althaus AG

The Swiss solution

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.

W. Althaus AG

Ingela Ltd.

First an extended workbench – now a professional service provider

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.

Ingela Ltd.

Alexander Bürkle

Electrical design with digital twins - „Smart Engineering“ for building services and industry

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.

Alexander Bürkle

Ripploh Elektrotechnik & Engineering

End-to-end digitalization

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.

Referenz_Ripploh, Deutschland

Elpex AG

From jigsaws to automatic enclosure machining

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.

Referenz_Elpex, Deutschland

Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik

Step by step towards digital consistency

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.

Referenz_Blumenbecker, Deutschland


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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 €3 billion 2022 with more than 12,000 employees and more than 95 subsidiaries worldwide.



"The strength of 'Smart Engineering and Production' is the joint striving for data consistency and efficiency throughout the entire life cycle of control and switchgear systems. Consistent data not only increases efficiency in planning and construction, but also extends its benefits more and more into the operation of the installations."

Uwe Scharf, Managing Director Business Units and Marketing


Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact offers innovative products, solutions and digitalization expertise for the electrification, networking, and automation of all sectors of the economy and infrastructure. The family-run company empowers industry and society to transform into a sustainable world with long-term growth prospects for everyone. Today, Phoenix Contact employs around 22,000 people worldwide, with sales of €3.6 billion in 2022.

Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact

"Smart Engineering and Production is the massive key that ensures the competitiveness of our customers in switchgear engineering. In this, our goal is to make a seamless solution available to our customers, from engineering right through to innovative production systems.”

Dirk Görlitzer, COO at Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact


Eplan – Rittal – Phoenix Contact

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