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Ripploh: Quicker switchgear construction

Efficiency is still a top priority in panel building and switchgear design, and there is still potential waiting to be tapped throughout the entire value chain: from engineering to production, to machining and equipping an enclosure.

“Our employees no longer have to rethink on permanent basis, and that cuts out a huge source of errors with knock-on effects.” Andreas Ripploh, Managing Partner of Ripploh Elektrotechnik GmbH

Users need engineering solutions that help to draw up electrical plans and documentation in an essentially automated process. They need enclosures that are based on a uniform system platform, that suit various applications and that minimise potential error sources and installation time. Ripploh Elektrotechnik GmbH, based in Ostbevern, have pioneered the use of such solutions.

Rapid planning by configurator

As the backbone of the project planning, the plant constructor uses a virtual modular component kit, which is stored in the Eplan Engineering Centers (EEC). “We make no more customer tenders, because they use the Configurator to choose the assemblies, which are available at a fixed price,” Andreas Ripploh, Managing Partner of Ripploh Elektrotechnik GmbH, said.

A uniform enclosure platform

The choice of the right enclosure system is also important to Ripploh so that the maximum level of efficiency in production can be achieved. It is advantageous when switchgear projects (across all industry sectors with very different requirements) can be implemented with one single enclosure system platform. Ripploh has been using housing and enclosure system from Rittal since 1995 to achieve this due to the tangible benefits that consistent internal enclosure installation offer: A variety of expansion options can be implemented quickly and easily in various sizes of enclosures with the uniform TS 8 system platform and its matching accessories; if necessary, a choice can be made between different types of enclosure.

Huge source of errors cut out

Since Rittal has “docked” its new SE 8 enclosure system to its existing TS 8 platform, these now offer the same configuration options as traditional baying systems. “The new SE 8 enclosure is very beneficial for us, because we can use the same accessories for standalone applications as with the TS 8 bayed enclosures,” Andreas Ripploh explained. “Our employees no longer have to rethink on permanent basis, and that cuts out a huge source of errors with knock-on effects, starting with the order itself and continuing through assembly until the delayed delivery.”