1. Increased automation is leading to a push for digitalization.
As manufacturers continue to focus on automation, the growing quantity of automated components in production means more motors, PLCs, power distribution components, and connections between machines and systems. Thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), these components and their related production processes – from conceptual design to operation and maintenance – generate data. Today’s automation architects know that storing, interpreting, and taking action on that data is the next frontier. For data to be made useful, it requires digitalization: a transformation of the ways in which we work and collaborate to leverage the data at our disposal.
2. The latest industrial enclosure innovations are designed to support Manufacturing 4.0.
Rittal recently introduced a line of small, compact enclosures, AX and KX – engineered for Industry 4.0 applications, providing 30% more space for cables, and requiring 30% less assembly time than their AE predecessor. Along with freestanding and floor-mounted enclosures, human-machine interface (HMI) solutions, and IT network and server racks, Rittal offers modular enclosure systems that protect valuable electronic components and support industrial facilities as they automate and scale.
3. Panel builders and switchgear manufacturers are embracing cutting-edge CAE software.
Rittal’s enclosures go hand-in-hand with industry-leading design software from EPLAN, Rittal’s sister company and a global leader in software for electrical engineering and industrial automation. EPLAN Pro Panel, for example, allows for 3D panel design for control and switchgear system engineering using a component article database. Data can consist of 2D and 3D dimensions, electrical functions and properties, mounting requirements, wiring connection points, and more – the system can accommodate a wide variety of data useful for the design and execution of automation solutions for every industry.
4. Database-driven engineering leads to standardization.
An engineering architecture with a component article database foundation means that standardized, data-rich components can be used to drive all design variations. Furthermore, those components can be used to develop intelligent schematic macros – assemblies of components that can be saved and reused to standardize electrical circuits and entire automation designs. Each component carries critical data needed for all subsequent manufacturing automation, and all required information is stored in a single location, which prevents maintaining data in several structures, formats, and locations.
5. Standardizing on EPLAN leads to more efficient collaboration.
Whether you are building automation systems or working with systems integrators, standardizing on software solutions from EPLAN allows you to define and control the standards and specifications that might be part of your ISO requirements. Additionally, receiving project files designed in EPLAN means collaboration between you, vendors, and partners can leverage database-driven engineering in real time to minimize the overall time required to design, manufacture, and deploy today’s sophisticated automation solutions.For more information: https://rittal.com