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SUPPLEMENT ENCLOSURES & ENCLOSURE FURNITURE


EPLAN PRO PANEL AND RITTAL Perforex: A winning combination!


When power distribution specialist Burnell Switchgear and Control needed help with increasing productivity to cope with its fast-growing order book, the company approached EPLAN for advice...


he EPLAN engineers soon discovered that not only would EPLAN Pro Panel CAE software deliver big savings in engineering and design time, but a Rittal Perforex fully automated machining centre would bring equally significant time savings for production operations.


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THE DESIGN SOLUTION Burnell Switchgear and Control offers mission-critical power distribution solutions based on fully certified and accredited systems. Strong and sustained growth in demand for its products meant that the company needed to reduce design and manufacturing time to boost capacity. The Burnell Switchgear and Controls management team decided that implementing a CAE system would help, and asked EPLAN to advise. “We realised that we needed a design


solution that would overhaul our engineering operations and help us to streamline our manufacturing processes,” explained Piotr Wozniak, project manager at Burnell. “So it was an easy decision to get in touch with EPLAN, as the company is the leader in the CAE field. After looking at our requirements, the EPLAN engineers suggested that we should visit the Rittal Innovation Centre in Germany, so that we could see first hand the benefits of


EPLAN Pro Panel enables engineers to design and lay out switchgear and control panels. It handles all wiring, component mounting and busbar configuration details, and produces 3D views so that engineers and customers can see exactly what the finished panels will look like, even before work begins on building them


EPLAN Pro Panel, and also the Rittal Perforex machining centre.” EPLAN Pro Panel enables engineers to


Perforex is a CNC machine tailored to the challenges of switchgear manufacturing


design and lay out switchgear and control panels. It handles all wiring, component mounting and busbar configuration details, and produces 3D views so that engineers and customers can see exactly what the finished panels will look like, even before work begins on building them. “While we were at the Rittal Innovation Centre in Germany, we checked out the Rittal Perforex machining centre, which automatically drills holes and cuts apertures in enclosures, doors and mounting plates, using data generated by EPLAN Pro Panel,” said Wozniak. “Having seen the machine in action, it wasn’t difficult to decide that we needed one. So, in the end, we purchased licences for EPLAN Pro Panel, and a Rittal Perforex machine!” Perforex is a CNC machine tailored to the challenges of switchgear manufacturing. It is ideal for the automated production of holes and cut-outs in sheet metal, and can also tap holes to facilitate component mounting. “For use alongside EPLAN Pro Panel,


Rittal Perforex was a natural option for Burnell Switchgear and Controls,” said Jarett Lathey, EPLAN regional sales manager. “Compared with traditional manual methods, Rittal Perforex delivers vastly improved efficiency and


productivity when manufacturing switchgear and control panels. In fact, the company has told us that preparing a door which used to take at least eight hours with manual tools, takes only 15 minutes on the Perforex machine.” In addition to EPLAN Pro Panel and Rittal


Perforex, Burnell Switchgear and Controls also uses the EPLAN Data Portal, a web- based platform with information from major suppliers of electrical, mechanical, fluidic and pneumatic products. “With EPLAN Pro Panel and the Perforex


machine we have greatly increased our productivity and capacity,” enthused Wozniak. “More and more customers are asking what software package we’re using and we’re finding that EPLAN is becoming the gold standard for our industry sector. Thanks to this winning combination – EPLAN Pro Panel, Rittal Perforex and the EPLAN Data Portal – we are now increasing our lead over our competitors, and going from strength to strength.”


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