All-round hygienic solutions for the meat industry

At the IFFA, the leading exhibition for the meat industry held in Frankfurt, Rittal presented complete system solutions for enclosures, power distribution and climate control technology, appropriate for both hygienic and non-hygienic zones of production.

It included Rittals comprehensive ‘Hygienic Design’ range of stainless steel housings, enclosures and climate control systems, all of which are designed for hygienically sensitive areas of production which need regular wash-down.

During both production and cleaning, this range will shield and protect installed equipment from dust, dirt and powerful high-temperature water jets, by significantly reducing both dead-space and dirt traps where debris can build-up. This guarantees the highest standards of safety at all times by reducing the risk of direct and indirect cross-contamination.  It also makes cleaning easier and more economical, increases uptime and improves productivity, all while contributing to the creation of a hygenic production environment.

Alongside the Hygienic Design range, the company presented the new stainless steel range for universal applications. This included its AX and KX small, compact enclosures (available from autumn 2019) and its VX25 enclosure system.

The new stainless steel VX25 large enclosure system offers the highest levels of corrosion resistance. In addition to the frame structure, doors, panels and gland plate, all the external parts – such as 180° hinges and comfort handle variants – are stainless steel.

While this type of enclosure has IP 55 and NEMA 12 protection categories as default, the optional NEMA 4X version, with its IP 66 protection category, goes one step further.  It means that the electrical and electronic equipment in the VX25 is reliably protected against both dust and splashes – even jets of water.

The new ‘Blue e+’ cooling units are now also available in stainless steel, offering energy-efficient climate control for VX25 stainless steel enclosures, if required.

The new AX, KX and VX25 housing and enclosure systems are also fully integrated into the digital value chain of panel building and switchgear construction.

Besides the high-quality 3D data and configuration tools, QR codes have been placed onto panels which need to be machined.  This simplifies each panel’s integration into the production workflow and allows for efficient monitoring – from the receipt of incoming goods right through to completion.  Added to which, everyone within the supply chain – from the enclosure constructor to the mechanical engineer to the end customer – has access to up-to-date data for the fast ordering of spare parts, economical retrofitting projects or easy planning for plant expansions.

Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.


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Rittal forms global strategic partnership with Atos and Siemens for Edge and IoT initiatives

Global strategic partnership targets IoT environments in smart industries with high real-time data loads. Joint solutions will allow easy and fast implementation of IT infrastructures with powerful edge datacenters (from single rack to turnkey-ready datacenter container)

Rittal announced a new global strategic partnership with Atos and Siemens to develop intelligent edge datacenter solutions for smart industries, smart cities, smart retail, energy & utilities, and public sectors.

The new ‘Intelligent Edge Data Center’ (IEDC) is a highly configurable datacenter solution that enables companies to process IoT data in real-time using solutions such as MindSphere®, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, the new BullSequana Edge computing server and the BullSequana S server from Atos, Atos Codex Cloud Industrial Supervision (CIS) and thus optimize their entire value chain with an advanced data-, analytics solution.

The OT Infrastructure is developed by Rittal and is designed as an edge datacenter: One of the resulting improvements lies in the direct operation at the point of data generation to allow real-time processing of IoT data to enable faster analytics of streaming data and improved industry automation. From the IT perspective, Atos and Siemens’ software applications for IoT and Edge solutions will serve for data collection, computation and data analytics.

Solution for Edge Computing

The IEDC is available in different performance classes, from a wall box or a single IT rack up to a powerful turnkey-ready and scalable datacenter container.

The IEDC is ideal for companies that have already started the digital transformation and need to process large amounts of real-time data in smart production environments or other areas. Further application examples can be found in industries ranging from smart retail to smart healthcare but also in smart cities or in the expansion of 5G mobile networks in which the IEDC can carry out data processing directly at the mobile base station.

The IEDC solution in detail

The IEDC is a secure, highly standardized, industrialized solution. It can run autonomously in non-datacenter environments and there is no need for a white room nor for local IT teams to operate it. The solution comes with Siemens’ MindSphere readiness (an IoT operating system by Siemens) to benefit from IoT dedicated applications both in the cloud or on-premise. It supports the MindSphere architecture running in a cloud-based or an on-premise implementation.

The IEDC embeds the BullSequana Edge server for computer vision and IoT datalake from Atos, Atos Codex CIS software which forms the IoT backbone, but it enables also to inter-connect several other sensors within a single IEDC. The IEDC could be inter-connected to establish a swarm as a meshed edge datacenter network. This enables the progressive deployment of advanced business applications and solutions. The relevant data of each node of the network is available on top-level dashboards used for a deep insight by monitoring, controlling and optimization using advanced analytics.

The following list shows which components are supplied by the individual partners:

• Atos: IT infrastructure such as BullSequana Edge, BullSequana S, Atos Codex CIS, MindSphere (Apps), Atos Business Applications & Services, Predictive Maintenance, 3rd -party AI applications and overall supervision.

• Rittal: OT Infrastructure such as edge datacenter, power, cooling, basic monitoring and safety and housing.

• Siemens: Technical infrastructure such as advanced monitoring and safety, power protection, security and IT-infrastructure like building management system and MindSphere (platform & apps).

“The Intelligent Edge Data Center developed in partnership with Rittal and Siemens is part of Atos’ Edge strategy to move the compute of large amounts of more and more complex data close to the location where they are generated: factories, shops, airports and hospitals. By combining the IT hardware and software developed by Atos and Siemens, together with the infrastructure from Rittal, we’re offering a very successful solution to accelerate customers’ journeys to efficient and powerful IoT Data analytics.” said Emmanuel Le Roux, Senior Vice President, Big Data, Atos.

“The exponential volume of data with heterogonous complexity is putting any kind of organization and industry in front of a massive digital revolution. Only the ones, which will have smart edge infrastructures, enabling compute close to data sources, as extension of cloud infrastructure, will secure their path to sustainable economic or social growth.“, says Bertrand Delatte Head of Data Center Solutions Europe at Siemens.

“The realisation of the digital transformation requires a broad expertise across different competencies. Only a team of technology and competence leaders is capable of developing a truly intelligent and plug-and-play-ready Edge Data Center solution that enables the rapid development of new IT infrastructures”, comments Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President, Business Unit IT, Rittal.


The IEDC is available globally from third quarter 2019 onwards, with a strong focus on EMEA and the USA in the first months.

As general contractor, Atos will market the solution as part of its Digital Factory and Smart Infrastructure competence areas.

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Are your electronics getting you “hot under the collar”?

Businessman pulling his collar.We’re offering users of Enclosure Climate Control a FREE RiAssure cooling review.

Your control equipment is the lifeblood of your business. Without it your production would grind to a halt and cause a myriad of issues!

Enclosure climate control is vital to control the heat inside your enclosure and ensure your critical equipment is running smoothly throughout the year.

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Digitally supported switchgear engineering

What do American footballers, and the workings of their teams, have in common with system technology from Rittal and Eplan?

More than you might expect.

In short, both operate on an “all for one and one for all” basis.  Both demonstrate how coordinated systems that link together can tap into unimagined potential.

American football is a heady mix of speed, precision and power, with individual players relentlessly pushing their performance to the limit and beyond, all for the good of the team.

Action on the field is now backed-up by digital technology such as play-call plans on tablets and live-data analysis.   This combination of athleticism and tactics has been proven, time and again, to optimise the team performance both in the successes of the system coaches and the enthusiasm of the fans.

It’s an interplay between enclosure system technology and software which can also be seen as comparable with the relationship between Rittal and Eplan.

When companies are planning and implementing systems in line with their requirements, they always have to bear in mind the potential need for future modifications and the importance of cost-efficiency. Rittal and Eplan are continuously developing their individual system portfolios, then combining value-enhancing process steps in engineering, design, work preparation and production to create a seamless value chain.

When it comes to efficiency, it’s always important to scrutinise long-standing processes –  many major innovations have been introduced by using this approach in order to develop solutions that deliver more.

One specific example is wiring. Wiring accounts for the largest proportion of the total time needed to build an enclosure – around 50 percent.

The conventional approach is to prepare each wire in advance, a process that involves cutting every strand to length, crimping it and labelling it, which takes on average just under two minutes to complete per strand.

Thinking Ahead Speeds Things Up

It’s a job that can be considerably expedited if the necessary connections can be factored in at the planning stage, with the ideal routes identified and the required wire lengths also calculated.

The physical execution of everything that has been thought through while the electronics were being designed – the functionally defined electrical connections – can be planned in Eplan Pro Panel.

Thomas Weichsel, Head of Product Management at Eplan, advises, “By linking together engineering and production, companies can create perfectly coordinated combinations of software solutions, system technology, machinery and services.”

The added value this offers is easy to appreciate.  End-to-end solutions give businesses the opportunity to boost productivity and efficiency across all aspects of the product creation process and beyond.

An electrician needs four-and-a-half minutes to replicate an electrical connection shown on a circuit diagram in actual components in an enclosure.  Breaking this down:

  • Just under a third (31 percent) of that time is spent on preparatory work such as reading the wiring schematic and locating the source and target.
  • Another 13 percent of the time goes on preparing the wire itself – working out roughly the right route and length.
  • The remaining 56 percent of the time is taken up by the physical creation of the connection – cutting the wire to length, fitting the cable terminal end, crimping it and installing it.

“More often than not during the wiring process, electricians will flick through the entire wiring schematic several times over to piece together the information they need and flesh it out where necessary,” Weichsel points out.

About a third of the total working time is thus lost on reading and accurately interpreting the documents.

The Eplan Smart Wiring assistance system is designed to simplify wiring. The software uses a digital prototype to provide wiring technicians with all the information they need.

It clearly visualises the wiring process step by step – even on mobile devices, if required.

Weichsel explains, “This leads wiring technicians systematically through their list of tasks,” which clearly makes the otherwise very complex process of wiring much more straightforward.

If you can read, you can wire – there’s no need for classic circuit diagrams anymore,” he advises.

Most users still consider the classic wiring plan pocket to be the go-to repository for all the information and documentation needed for service and maintenance work, including equipment lists, parts lists, terminal diagrams and, of course, a print-out of the circuit diagram.  It’s similar to the play call sheets that quarterbacks consult during an American football game.

However, that’s set to change in the future. A central information management tool is destined to offer end-users, as well as machinery and plant operators, digital access to system documentation. This digital wiring plan folder could allow users with the necessary access rights to view all relevant documents.

The advantages are clear – documentation is securely and centrally administered, available at all times and always up to date.

Clearly identified on a digital basis

The digital documentation is linked to the enclosure by a unique, patented component QR code, meaning that every Rittal enclosure – from the VX25 large floor standing enclosures to the soon to be released KX and AX small and compact enclosures – their components and accessories, carry a unique labelling system such as this when they leave the plant. The code ensures Rittal enclosures globally can be clearly identified.

An app from Rittal can be used to scan the QR code for accessing information on enclosure items or using Rittal Digital Information Management to view the Eplan project for the enclosure or machine.

What’s more, even red-lining scenarios in service and maintenance can be mapped out by linking up to Eplan eVIEW, the new cloud solution from Eplan.

Fully comprehensive solutions for optimising processes in enclosure building will help users make real progress.

That means combined hardware and software solutions, product-related data and holistic services for process integration throughout the customer’s operations.

If all the solutions really come together, the end result is optimisation – whether in enclosure building or on the football field.  In other words, when the whole team pulls together, combines everyone’s strengths and puts the best people in exactly the right positions, it becomes possible to achieve peak performance.

Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.