Enclosures: you can't beat 'The System'
12 May 2013
An enclosure system should offer rather more than just the box. Take Rittal's modular infrastructure system as an example.
Whether your project involves industrial or building automation, or an IT installation such as a data centre, this is an intelligent combination of products covering all that you need in terms of the mechanics, the air-conditioning and power distribution requirements, along with the relevant engineering tools and global service support - and all from a single source.
The data centre is particularly illustrative of the benefits of this approach. An integrated overall concept for modern data centres, 'Rittal - The System' offers support for the active and passive side of a data centre with five perfectly matched modules: rack, power, cooling, security and monitoring and remote management.
The package provides the key elements needed to support the environment that will maintain optimum system operation. Whether for server room or data centre, high or highest availability, the separate modules can be adapted according to the user's requirements and application needs.
The system architecture is based on Rittal’s TS 8 control cabinet and IT rack system platform which offers maximum rack volumes, scalable baying options, optimum surface protection, stability and endless expansion possibilities. Users are offered a consistent system platform and a modular accessory range, plus the power distribution hardware, climate control, engineering software and relevant services.
In terms of Rittal’s services, these are what you might expect from a leading supplier of housing and enclosure technologies, and they are available from the word go. No matter what time of day it is, or how complex the configuration, you can obtain a rapid quotation for your enclosure needs via the Internet; even the products can now be configured online – and there’s plenty on offer, with over 8,000 standard products to choose from.
Getting the engineering right from the outset will save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, Rittal’s RiCAD 3D software version 3 supports the creation of models to provide a complete 3D picture of Rittal products with the visualisation, layout and spacing of individual components. The RiCAD 3D database includes both 2D and 3D drawings for virtually all Ritta’s products, together with an extensive range of system accessories.
Many projects require a 3D internal and external view of objects such as wall and freestanding enclosure systems. 3D views of the accessories within an enclosure allow positioning and spacing of rail or mounted equipment, cable trunking runs and the cable entry space required.
Here is what you get with RiCAD 3D: precisely detailed CAD product data, exported in all standard CAD formats (DWG, ProE 2001, ProE Wildfire, Solidworks and STEP.formats); simple integration with virtually all CAD systems; a considerable reduction in engineering and design work; detailed, error-free Rittal data; generic original data in 3D and 2D formats and no conversion of neutral formats. Regardless of which CAD system you employ, RiCAD 3D will help you get the most from your design work.
And then there’s that all-important consideration – enclosure climate control. Rittal can help you with this as well; Therm, the company’s software program for enclosure climate control calculation, takes all the drudgery out of this often laborious process. An easy-to-use interface enables problem-free input of all necessary parameters, the software ultimately leading the user to an appropriate, correctly dimensioned, efficient system cooling proposal.
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