Rittal To Build World’s Most Advanced Production Plant

Rittal is expanding its production capabilities and building the world’s most advanced production plant for compact enclosures in Haiger, Germany, with completion scheduled for 2018.  

Total capital expenditure will amount to 250 million euros, making it the largest single investment in the company’s history.

State-of-the-art infrastructure and digitisation will underpin highly-efficient production, logistics and communications processes.

There will be corresponding upgrades to two other plants in the region, and the construction of a further plant for large stainless-steel enclosures. 


The 24,000 m² Haiger facility will manufacture 9,000 enclosures a day from 300 standard types, in accordance with each customer’s specific needs.

Digital technology will play a key role, as will machining and assembly tools from Rittal Automation Systems’ portfolio. Materials will be transported across the plant by means of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), dispensing with human operators. Intelligent systems, with machine-learning abilities will be deployed to continuously increase system availability, and to predictively order spare parts, reducing the likelihood of unplanned downtime due to wear and tear.

Fully automated control systems, for example in the paint shop, will minimise energy consumption, costs and environmental impact.

Haiger will act as a pilot and model for upgrades at other Rittal sites throughout the world. Digitisation of production processes is vital to delivering future improved efficiencies. It is key to achieving the productivity needed to compete in the global marketplace and to create a secure platform for our workforce in all the locations where Rittal operate.

The Rittal Global Distribution Centre (GDC) 

Rittal has also invested over 40 million euros in a state-of-the-art distribution centre.

Up to 80 trucks a day leave the GDC every day shipping some 10,000 products to customers around the world.

It has a fully automated, high-bay warehouse with 21,500 pallet positions for large enclosures, as well as an automatic small parts warehouse with 25,000 container positions.

A high-performance computer controls the incoming orders around the clock, stores details of incoming and outgoing products, and works out which pallet is to be loaded onto which truck.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk

#DCDEurope Opens it’s doors

DCD London has open its doors at Old Billingsgate. #ZETTASTRUCTURE – The European Digital Infrastructure Summit – is bringing together the world’s leading Data Centre and IT companies.

With presentations from a host of leading authorities including our own Barry Maidment and Clive Partridge the two day event see Rittal out in force again.

You can see is in the main area on stand 88 and also in the OCP are on stand 142 – if you’re going we hope to see you there.



Rittal Blue e+ Cooling Unit Wins International Award

Rittal’s Blue e+ range of cooling units have achieved another milestone by winning the 2016 Cooling Award of the RAC Magazine (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), beating stiff competition from across the industry.

The cooling unit won “Air Conditioning Product of the year – System or Standalone” for its exceptionally low environmental impact.  Blue e+ has won a legion of industry admirers since its launch last year for the exceptional 75% energy savings that it can achieve over industry norms.

Steffen Wagner, Rittal’s Director Product Management Climate Control and Jörg Knetsch, Blue e+ Product Manager first flew to London to present to a panel of judges in July.   They were then on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Rittal team.

It is the second award for the pioneering Blue e+ climate control unit.  In 2015, it was awarded the prestigious German Industry’s Innovation Award for “Best Product”, having impressed a judging panel drawn from “Produktion” magazine and the Staufen AG management consultancy.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com, or on twitter @rittal_ltd

RAC Cooling Awards 2016