PULS SmartFab Box innovative analysis tool records live power requirements and thermal conditions in customer applications


ULS Power, the specialist manufacturer of high reliability DIN- Rail power supplies, believes that system availability, cost efficiency and scheduled maintenance are the key criteria for most industrial and building automation system designers and installers. During the system design process PULS works closely with its customers to provide detailed advice on selecting the optimum power supply for their specific applications. To enhance this service, PULS has developed the unique SmartFab Box. The SmartFab Box is an innovative diagnostics tool, which makes the power requirements and thermal conditions in systems and installations transparent. It allows users to check and specify their power budgets directly on their own systems, live and completely securely. The SmartFab Box is available to PULS customers free of charge for a limited period of time or it may be leased for longer term analysis of the effects of changes or improvements to power systems. This unique user service provides assistance in selecting the right power

supply and avoiding over specifying excessively large power reserves. Customers can analyse an application's data live at any time via the online dashboard. For answers to questions or recommendations on the results, the PULS application engineering team is always ready and willing to offer support. The SmartFab Box measures voltage

and current (input and output), power (primary and secondary), transients, power factor and temperature (ambient and inside enclosure).

Installation and operation of the SmartFab Box is simple. All that is required is an AC mains connection and an LTE / 3G cell signal. The sensors of the SmartFab Box are then connected to the application and the setup is ready to start the analysis. The non-invasive measurements use a VPN connection to the SmartFab Box saving all application data securely and anonymously to a cloud server in Germany. The data is exchanged over the LTE / 3G cellular network and there is no requirement to connect the SmartFab Box to the local corporate network. The

SmartFab Box is designed to be non- invasive at all times and will not affect the application during the installation or when taking measurements. This assures absolute safety and integrity of the customer's process.

The web-based user interface, which

provides live analysis of measurement data, can be displayed on a PC or notebook and is very intuitive and simple to use. The operator can access data via the online dashboard. The dashboard is password- protected and accessible only to authorised users and a qualified PULS support team. Marco van der Linden comments,

”We recently installed a number of DIN rail power supplies in a large warehouse with a SmartFab Box connected. This gave the customer an excellent overview of the utilisation and efficiency of their conveyor system, the running costs and CO2 savings the company has achieved by installing our high efficiency power supplies. This free service was very much appreciated by our customer” Typical applications for PULS DIN-Rail power supplies include, industrial and

process control, building automation, panel-building, test and measurement, instrumentation and communications systems. Versions are available approved for railway systems and ruggedised for harsh environments.

Rittal unveils new AX and KX enclosure ranges T

he AX and KX enclosures are both embedded with digital processes, delivering simpler, faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety. In other words, Rittal has rethought and redesigned the two enclosures inline with the principles of Industry 4.0.

Digital transformation brings new challenges for products, their operating environment and their operational availability. This launch marks a transformation of AE - a standardised product made by Rittal for more than 50 years. More than 35 million AE enclosures have been manufactured making it the most popular compact enclosure in the world.

Digitalisation and automation in the era of Industry 4.0 are creating new enclosure challenges. “We understand the principles behind digitalised industry and we have 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, managing director at Rittal with responsibility for the IT and industry business units and marketing. The digital age is increasingly making its

presence felt in switchgear workshops with a growing need for automation, greater flexibility and product availability.

Digital chain “from customer to customer” Rittal provides effective support for the entire value chain surrounding the production of panels and switchgear - from engineering to ordering to automation. Its digital product twin delivers high- quality data for the entire design, configuration and manufacturing process. QR codes allow all parts to be precisely identified and assigned. The launch of the AX and KX, brings compact and small enclosures inline with this approach. For example, the Rittal Configuration System (RiCS) provides customers with a fast and simple system for configuring enclosures, accessories and modifications and an automatic plausibility check helps prevent erroneous choices. The results can be transferred directly to Rittal’s online shop, and this then gives the customer immediate access to both price and delivery date. The data can also be uploaded to EPLAN software engineering software and used for downstream tasks, complete with any modifications. This substantially cuts the time and effort needed for the engineering process. Once the customer order is received by the Rittal Global Distribution Centre (GDC), it is shipped directly to the customer. The GDC is seamlessly integrated with the nearby, highly automated manufacturing plant, ensuring the timely and reliable shipping of the required items. As a result,

all standard products can, where required, be sent to customers based in Germany within 24 hours.

The two latest additions to the Rittal enclosure portfolio contain improved features, along with new opportunities for value creation. The time- savings start at the point of delivery to the customer: panels can be removed individually because there is no need for the usual disassembly work. Doors and cam locks are easier to install, typically without the need for tools. The wall mounting bracket can be quickly screwed into place from the outside of the enclosure, without impacting the enclosure’s protection rating. This substantially reduces the risk of damage during transit as the brackets, which protrude beyond the sides of the enclosure, can be attached on-site at the final destination. The AX and KX are more spacious than

their predecessors, the AE, CM, KL, EB and BG enclosures.

The rising number of sensors and actuators being deployed in the switchgear industry is, in turn, raising the quantity of cables to be housed. The new enclosure’s

modular design - along with improved cut- outs and larger gland plates - creates (on average) a third more space for cables. In addition, integrated locators in the side panels enables the simple, precise and time-saving incorporation of interior installation rails. Components in Electronics July-August 2019 13

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