New AX, KX enclosures engineered for Industry 4.0
February 14, 2020
Rittal has introduced the new AX / KX wall mount enclosures. These new enclosure offerings feature a simpler and faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety.
The latest additions to the Rittal enclosure portfolio offer improved features and new opportunities for value creation. The time savings begin with delivery to the customer: Panels can be removed individually and there is no need for the usual disassembly work. It is also easier to install doors and cam locks, and typically without the need for tools. The wall mounting bracket can be quickly screwed into place from the outside of enclosure without impacting its protection rating.
The AX / KX solution is designed for maximum space availability. The AX, now with larger gland plates, creates on average a third more space for cables. In addition, integrated locators enable simple, precise and time-saving incorporation of the interior installation rails. These rails also support dynamic loads seen in many industrial environments.
Safety is a priority with all Rittal enclosures. When components are installed in the AX / KX enclosure, UL protection category is maintained without restrictions.
AX / KX enclosures are available in wide range of dimensions along with a comprehensive range of standard accessories. AX sizes vary starting as small as 12 inches by 12 inches, all the way up to 55-inches high or 48-inches wide, in depths between eight and 16 inches. KX enclosures are six inches deep or less, with heights and widths between six and 32 inches.
“The AX / KX solution has been designed with the imperatives of Industry 4.0 in mind,” said Mike Freund, managing director for the U.S. at Rittal. “As the quantity of sensors and actuators installed in machines increases, so, too, does the number of components and cables to be accommodated within control systems and switchgear. Moreover, the digital age is increasingly making its presence felt in switchgear workshops – with a growing need for automation, greater flexibility and product availability.”
Rittal provides effective support for the entire value chain in production of panels and switchgear, from engineering to ordering to automation. Its digital product twin delivers high-quality data for the entire design, configuration and manufacturing process. QR codes which are located on all components allow all parts to be precisely identified and assigned.
The Rittal Configuration System now includes AX / KX and allows the fast and simple configuration of enclosures, accessories and modifications. Moreover, an automatic plausibility check helps prevent erroneous choices. The configuration data can also be uploaded to EPLAN software engineering software, and therefore used for downstream tasks, complete with any modifications. This cuts the time and effort needed for the engineering process considerably.
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