Enclosures, Cabling & Connectors

Rittal and Eplan join forces to add value for customers

September 2021 Enclosures, Cabling & Connectors

Thanks to an established international footprint, these two brands have found ways to optimise and streamline their customers’ value chains at every stage in the process. “From engineering, sourcing and manufacturing through to operations and IT, we are helping customers reach the new Industry 4.0 standard,” explains Adrian Buddingh, managing director, Rittal South Africa.

“Rittal and Eplan use combined software solutions, system technology and machinery for automation,” adds Johan Reyneke, managing director, Eplan South Africa. “Only manufacturers that offer digitalisation and end-to-end data across all processes and systems will survive in the future. Together, Rittal and Eplan are at your side with their combined know-how and perfectly coordinated solutions. Adding to this, the unified integration between Rittal RICS configurator and the new Eplan ePulse cloud solution will make the journey from panel configuration to project completion quick and seamless.”

The value added at each stage is detailed as follows:


The key to greater productivity in enclosure manufacturing lies in digital integration and end-to-end data transfer throughout the entire value chain. Digital prototyping from the outset, with the digital twin taking centre stage, provides the basis for rapid links across processes and systems.


Never has it been easier to configure and order your perfect product and get it delivered in no time at all. All configuration and online shop solutions are closely interlinked with digitally integrated production at the new Rittal plant. As a result, client company value chains benefit from end-to-end data during the sourcing process and beyond.


Benefit from the fully automated machinery and innovative automation solutions of Rittal and Rittal Automation Systems accrue in manufacturing operations when combined with the digital twin from the engineering stage, courtesy of Eplan, which serves as a virtual prototype and a central database throughout the production process.


After commissioning, machines and systems must ensure reliable long-term operation as the key to efficient, high-performance production. Here too, Eplan and Rittal are at your side with innovative solutions.

Added value

End-to-end data is the real success factor, saving time and money in value creation processes, preventing errors and leading to a lasting improvement in productivity.

The digital twin

“At the heart of all this is the digital twin of the actual product, which links all process steps from electrical engineering through to service operations,” says Reyneke. “Products from Rittal and Eplan provide comprehensive support at every stage of the procurement process, from engineering, sourcing and manufacturing through to operations and IT. They enable you to reap the rewards of successfully completing the transformation to Industry 4.0.”

“Rittal provides tailored IT and OT solutions for the data required and generated during the production process,” concludes Buddingh. “These range from modular, scalable system architecture and energy-efficient data centres with innovative security concepts for physical data and system backups, all the way through to edge cloud data centres in the actual production environment that combine data sovereignty and real-time capabilities with AI-based applications.”

For more information contact Rittal South Africa, +27 11 609 8294, info@rittal.co.za, www.rittal.co.za

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