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Smart Industry

Networked Production

Manufacturing is being transformed by digitalization. Industry 4.0 is paving the way for digital twins, predictive maintenance, and smart factories. Sensors in machines and their components are networked and can process data and communicate with each other in real time. Production processes can be optimized by analyzing all the data coming from the machines. But to meet these demands, even in rough environments, edge data centers need to be put to use to manage the information and deliver information in real time to help improve product quality, traceability, and availability.

Digital Twin

In Industry 4.0 a digital twin is a virtual representation of a product, a production process, or a performance that enables seamless connection of individual process steps over an entire lifecycle. Rittal uses this novel technology in product definition, but also in the production environment of a holistic Industry 4.0 production.


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Predictive Maintenance

When machines, production plants or other equipment do not work due to malfunctions it can be very expensive for the companies concerned. In addition to the business losses, there are often considerable repair costs.

A core competence of Industry 4.0 provides a good solution: modern sensor technology, digital networking, and intelligent data analysis enable predictive maintenance of machines and equipment of all kinds.


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Reference: Rittal edge data center in the production environment of a steel manufacturer


  • Creation of a redundant, fail-safe IT infrastructure on the factory site for the digitalization, monitoring and control of production processes
  • The large amount of data, the short latency times and the 'harsh' production environment required edge data centers as a container solution
  • Use of Big Data for the development of new types of steel and safeguarding of the production process

Rittal solution

  • Development of new requirement specifications through cross-divisional collaboration between the customer's IT and production departments and Rittal
  • Rittal Data Center Container (RDCC): Container-Portfolio
  • 14 RDCC in pairs, redundant on the factory site


thyssenkrupp Steel is expanding its IT infrastructure with Rittal Edge Data Centers

01.11.2018 -

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