2019-03-19. Rittal will be showcasing its new AX compact and KX small enclosures at the Hanover Trade Fair (Hannover Messe). The new AX and KX are embedded within digital processes, making for simpler, faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety. Rittal has therefore rethought and redesigned this offering in line with the imperatives of Industry 4.0. Digital transformation brings new challenges in terms of the product itself, its operating environment and its availability. This launch marks the digital transformation of a standardised product that has been made by Rittal for more than 50 years: Over 35 million units of the AE have been manufactured, making it the most popular compact enclosure in the world.
Digitalization and automation in the era of Industry 4.0 are creating new enclosure challenges. “We have understood the new imperatives of digitalized industry, and developed a new generation of compact and small enclosures in response. In conjunction with the introduction of our Blue e+ range and the VX25 large enclosure system, this means all our core products have been entirely redesigned, and are fit for Industry 4.0,” explains Uwe Scharf, states Uwe Scharf, Managing Director at Rittal with responsibility for the IT and Industry Business Units and Marketing.
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.