Rittal and Eplan have developed a Digital Information Management (DIM), addressing panel building and switchgear manufacturing. In the first step, the sister companies created a wiring plan package for maintenance, service or repair work, that can be called up directly at the control and switchgear via a tablet.
The connection between the digital documentation and the real-world enclosure is made via a proprietary component QR code on the enclosure that provides a unique identification system that is assigned to every Rittal VX25 large enclosure and every AX\KX compact and small enclosure at the factory. The QR code can be scanned via a Rittal product scan app, to obtain information on switchgear enclosure articles or, via the coming Rittal Digital Information Management solution, view the Eplan project associated with the enclosure or the machine.
Using the “red-lining” function, the technician makes changes to the circuit diagram documentation via EPLAN eView, a cloud service that connects to a version of the circuit diagram that is always up-to-date. The changes can then be taken over by the Eplan project of the platform of the same name.
For instance, if required, the service technician can directly trigger the online ordering of an essential spare part, including connection to warehouse logistics or purchasing. If an existing control and switchgear system is to be modified or extended, the planners can carry this out directly based on the digital twin’s data. The digital twin created during the planning and manufacture of a control and switchgear system also remains in use during operation.