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Funa GmbH: Playing with light on the high seas

The build for the Norwegian Getaway lasted just 15 months. The cruise ship is equipped with an ingenious lighting system that sets the perfect scene for the gastronomic delights and luxury facilities enjoyed by its up to 4,000 passengers and 1,600 crew. The widespread use of LED technology opens up virtually limitless possibilities for energy-saving lighting effects.

“When it comes to diversity and modularity, Rittal has a genuine USP that sets it apart from the rest of the market.”
Andreas Köhler, Managing Director of FUNA GmbH Nachrichtentechnik

The LED lighting technology was installed by FUNA GmbH Nachrichtentechnik and is used in all the public areas of the luxury liner. The countless lighting elements spread across the entire ship, all the way to the engine room, can be controlled centrally via dimmer controls on the bridge.

Flexible and expandable

“By combining the SE 8 free-standing enclosure system from Rittal with our installation solutions, we were able to incorporate a maximum of components and ensure excellent flexibility at the same time,” explains Köhler. The varied configuration options of the SE 8 come into their own in this kind of application by giving users a great deal of flexibility for configuring enclosures with standardised system technology. The comprehensive portfolio of accessories for the enclosure means that users can implement a really wide range of configuration variants quickly and safely.

Benefits of the SE 8

Unlike bayed enclosures with a frame structure and removable side panels, the body of the SE 8 free-standing enclosure system from Rittal – which comprises two side panels and a roof – is made from a single piece of sheet steel. This makes the enclosures easier to handle, as there is no need to install side panels. The rear panel, meanwhile, is screw-fastened to provide easy access to the enclosure. Cable entry solutions like those used on the TS 8 baying system can also be used on the integrated base frame. The design options are also interesting. For example, the rear panel and gland plates on the SE 8 free-standing enclosure provide automatic potential equalisation for the enclosure body.

The wide range of standard products promises continuity

Some 80 to 90 percent of enclosure technology requirements can be met using standard components from Rittal’s system range. This is a crucial advantage, because the dimmer enclosures at FUNA in Emden are, as far as possible, installed fully wired and ready for use. However, if changes have to be made shortly before delivery or later, on the ship itself, the plant engineer can use Rittal accessory components that they already hold in stock.