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    The REV trucks in Canada

    The REV trucks in Canada

    The REV trucks busily traveled Canada the summer of 2015 and thousands of visitors toured the two trucks. You can schedule a visit using the “REQUEST VISIT” button to the left.


    Rittal Forms New Business Unit To Support Customized Enclosure Production

    January 13, 2016 – Schaumburg, IL – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, has created a new business unit: Rittal Automation Systems. The business unit was formed by integrating Rittal sister company Kiesling Maschinentechnik, a producer of machining centers for enclosure assembly, cutting centers, automatic assembly systems for terminal strips, assembly tables, and enclosure test units, into the overall Rittal organization.

    The new Rittal Automation Systems business unit extends Rittal’s comprehensive range of solutions for panel building and switchgear engineering through key machining and handling technologies. Now with a comprehensive range of equipment available for professional workshop operation, from manual tools to sophisticated fully automated mechanical engineering, Rittal offers a comprehensive, one-stop portfolio for customers across the world.

    “The integration of Kiesling into Rittal and the creation of Rittal Automation Systems offers customers solutions to increase productivity by automating previously manual modification and wiring processes. The modularity of the Rittal product lines also lends itself well to automated machining and handling, which makes this a valuable addition to the Rittal family,” said Mike Herzog, Business Manager, Rittal Automation Systems. “The capabilities offered by our fully automated machining centers reduce the amount of human labor required to process modified enclosures which results in time- and cost-efficient production, increases quality, adds repeatability to processes and reduces lead-times to customers.”

    The Rittal Automation Systems portfolio comprises a broad range of products, from manual tools to fully automated machining centers.

    Laser center for precise machining

    The Perforex BC machining center is extremely precise, and fully automated. It can be deployed for drilling, thread tapping, and milling when machining enclosures. Rittal is unique in offering laser technology to quickly and accurately machine flat parts, and entire enclosures and housings, using its Perforex LC 3D laser center. In addition, the Secarex cutting center rapidly cuts cable ducts and support rails to size.

    Crimping machine simplifies assembly

    The Athex automatic assembly machine simplifies a task previously performed manually – it assembles and labels terminals. And for the first time, Rittal’s offering now includes a crimping machine for cutting and assembling cables.

    Robotic systems accelerate wiring

    The Averex center eliminates time-consuming manual wiring of mounting plates. Instead, the system offers fully automated wiring in line with applicable standards and safety requirements.

    Rittal Automation Systems will leverage two of its sister companies, EPLAN and Cideon, in providing the full complement of Industry 4.0 services in an end-to-end solution for Rittal’s customers. EPLAN provides electrical, fluid power and instrumentation & control CAE products with interfacing capabilities that enable the sharing of data with mechanical design and other 3rd party enterprise systems. Cideon provides engineering software development, system house fields, and services.


    Rittal Wins Breakthrough Products of the Year Award for Enclosure Cooling Units

    January 12, 2016 – Schaumburg, IL – Schaumburg, IL – January 12, 2016 – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, has won the 2015 Breakthrough Products of the Year award from Processing magazine. The company was awarded for its groundbreaking Blue e+ Cooling Unit Series for enclosures, which can save up to 75 percent of the energy costs associated with traditional enclosure climate control.

    PR_Breakthrough_Logo The Breakthrough Products of the Year award recognizes products, technologies and services that have made significant contributions to the process industries within the last year and are expected to continue impacting the market in the future. This year, Processing honored 11 engineering-driven equipment and instrumentation suppliers from the process industries.

    “The key to our patented Blue e+ air conditioning technology is saving energy by exploiting passive cooling,” said Eric Corzine, Rittal’s product manager – Climate Control. “This hybrid cooling process combines a compressor cooling device with a heat pipe to achieve groundbreaking climate control. In fact, we’re the only company in the industry using this technology to protect electronics from overheating while reducing energy costs and usage.”

    By reducing energy consumption, the Blue e+ units are helping manufacturers and data centers in the IT and industrial markets better control their operating costs and reduce their total cost of ownership. In addition to their exceptional efficiency, the units offer a range of powerful features that provide longer component life, flexibility and ease of use.

    “As an engineering-focused company, Rittal consistently demonstrates ingenuity and innovation throughout its line of electrical enclosure cabinets and accessories,” explained Kevin Parker, Processing’s editor-in-chief. “We

    are confident that the Blue e+ air conditioning units will help the process industries continue to improve in productivity and sustainability.”

    To learn more about the Breakthrough Products of the Year award, visit

    Learn more about Rittal’s Blue e+ Cooling Unit Series at


    New Tear-Down Video Describes Advantages of Modular Enclosure Design Concept

    January 6, 2015 – Schaumburg, IL – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical enclosure cabinets for power distribution systems, climate control systems and IT infrastructure for multiple industries, has created a unique video of a “TS 8 System Enclosure TEAR-DOWN.” The video shows Lee Teschler of Design World magazine and Rittal’s Steve Sullivan literally take apart a Rittal TS 8 cabinet, the world’s leading cabinet enclosure. The demonstration highlights the additional volume, strength and flexibility of a modular cabinet design, compared to a unibody welded cabinet.

    Rittal’s flagship product with more than 10 million units sold to date, the TS 8 enclosure is a freestanding enclosure used around the world in industries from Food and Beverage and Oil and Gas to IT applications. Its modular construction allows for easy assembly, baying, equipment installations, removals and reconfigurations. Highly innovative, remarkably flexible and imitated in the market by competitors, the TS 8 is available in more than 100 versions off the shelf and comes in carbon steel, and 304 and 316 stainless steel varieties.

    In the video, Sullivan disassembles the unit on his own, demonstrating how the enclosure can be built and modified with just one person, with no crews and cranes needed as with other systems. The tear-down lets viewers see the cabinet’s 16-fold frame rails, which is unusually strong, having been tested to over 3,000 pounds of load. Sullivan points out that the frame’s symmetrical design front to back as well as side to side allows for easy baying. Viewers can see that all the inner surfaces of the cabinet are painted using a three-stage paint process unique to the industry for optimum corrosion protection. Rittal is the only enclosure manufacturer that offers a painting process similar to that of the automobile industry as a standard with all its enclosures.

    Watch the Video


    To learn more about the TS 8, please visit


    Rittal Announces Winners of FLIR ONE Thermal Imager Camera Giveaway Promotion

    Schaumburg, IL – November 9, 2015 – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, announces the winners of this summer’s Climate Control Audit Promotion. Four individuals – Bill Keegan of Bridgeport Fittings, Bart Beals of Clark Cutler McDermott, Micah Ruthenberg of Industrial Power Solutions, and Woodson Samuel of TEMA Site Services West, TABC, Inc. & TMMBC – were chosen to receive FLIR ONE thermal imager cameras that fit directly onto smartphones. The popular FLIR One imagers are an ideal fit for Rittal’s climate control customers, who would find infrared images a handy and effective way to detect heat loss or hot spots within enclosures in the infrared region of the light spectrum.

    “All the winners are individuals who signed up with Rittal to have free enclosure energy audits conducted at their facilities earlier in the year,” explained Daniela Weiszhar, Marketing Communications Manager at Rittal. “The energy audits included an on-site evaluation of climate control systems and technologies used in the companies’ enclosure systems. Poor thermal management inside an enclosure filled with sensitive electronics can lead to shorter life spans for the components contained inside, or even failure that can cause costly plant shutdowns. Our Climate Control Audit was a very successful way for us to highlight the importance of enclosure thermal control, in a way that connected us to a very handy smartphone add-on!”

    As part of Rittal’s Climate Control campaign in 2015, the Enclosure Thermal Audit and FLIR ONE Giveaway was created to make manufacturers aware of the dangerous build-up of heat that can occur inside of enclosures due to the use of electrically powered instrumentation. Rittal designs and sells climate control solutions for enclosures, such as filter fans, chillers, enclosure heaters, RiTherm calculating software, and its new and patented hybrid-technology Air Conditioning units for energy savings of up to 75 percent, the Blue e+ Series. Just being deployed in North America, the Blue e+ Series has been launched in Europe. Learn more about Rittal’s new Blue e+ Series of air conditioners at


    Rittal Announces Quantum Leap for Energy and Cost Efficiency with New Blue e+ Cooling Units

    Schaumburg, IL – November 9, 2015 – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in competent thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, announces the launch of its new Blue e+ air conditioning units, featuring up to 75 percent energy savings compared to traditional AC units for enclosure climate control.

    The Blue e+ is a completely new generation of cooling units that represents a quantum leap in terms of cost-effectiveness and energy conservation due to its speed-regulated components and patented heat pipe technology. As well as providing far higher energy efficiency than existing cooling solutions, the units also offer a range of powerful new features that provide longer component life, flexibility and ease of use.

    “To increase energy efficiency significantly, Rittal has implemented an innovative hybrid cooling process for its new Blue e+ generation of cooling units,” explained Eric Corzine, Product Manager – Climate Control for Rittal North America. “These units employ a patented technology that combines a compressor cooling device with a heat pipe to achieve its groundbreaking performance.”

    The Blue e+ hybrid process uses two parallel cooling circuits working together, depending on temperature difference. The integral heat pipe dissipates heat from the enclosure as soon as the ambient temperature falls below the setpoint, providing passive climatization. Active climatization is achieved via the compressor’s cooling circuit with speed-controlled components for demand-based cooling. This unique inverter technology provides cooling output that is always exactly the amount needed at the time. Not only is energy consumption far less than with conventional technology, but the improved cooling leads to longer service life of the components inside the enclosure and the cooling unit itself.

    For customers seeking to deploy the new technology to facilities around the world, all Blue e+ units provide multi-voltage capability to connect to all standard power grids worldwide. Possible input voltages range from 110 V (single phase) to 480 V (three-phase) at grid frequencies of 50 or 60 Hz. The cooling unit is always the same, no matter whether the machine is being connected to power in North America, Europe or Asia. This not only means a considerable reduction in the number of device variants, but also to a greater simplification of spare parts logistics for single-part number ordering as well as much easier supply chain logistics for Rittal customers.

    Other innovations within the Blue e+ series include a touch-screen display on the front of all units which provides all relevant information at a glance. System messages appear as plain text and are multi-lingual. Standardized communication interfaces also ensure easy integration in a production plant’s control systems.

    Blue e+ units offer password-protected Near-Field Communications (NFC) which allows operations personnel to communicate with the cooling unit via mobile devices such as a smartphone. The NFC interface provides real-time performance data and, if needed, permits quick modification of the unit’s settings.

    The Blue e+ cooling units offer cooling capacities up to 6,000 watts (previously up to 4,000 watts) and can be used in environments ranging from -30°C to +60°C. More information on new Blue e+ air conditioners from Rittal can be found at


    Rittal Introduces 316 Stainless Steel Version of TS 8 Enclosure for Harsh Environments

    Schaumburg, IL – October 29, 2015 – Rittal Corporation (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in competent thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, has developed a harsh environment 316 stainless steel version of its best-selling and flagship product, the TS 8 enclosure.

    With more than 10 million TS 8 units sold around the globe to date, the TS 8 is currently in use in 92 percent of the world’s 1,005 branches of industry, housing and protecting electronic equipment utilized for data centers, facility management, industrial automation and power distribution. The TS 8 is found in market sectors ranging from food/beverage and manufacturing to chemical, medical and wind power. The addition of the 316 stainless steel iteration of the TS 8 extends the cabinet’s applications to oil and gas and water supply/wastewater management installations.

    “Many industries have been looking for a more rugged version of our flexible and modular TS 8 that can endure harsh settings where corrosion is a fact of life,” explains Glenn Wishnew, Senior Product Manager at Rittal. “316 stainless steel meets that need while still allowing the TS 8 to deliver on its design innovations – namely, expandability via baying, lower weight for reduced transportation costs, 30 percent more mounting space within, and far easier assembly and disassembly for reduced labor costs and time. It’s a smart and potent addition to the TS 8 arsenal that we are confident will be very popular with our customers,” he added.

    The UL Type 4X modular enclosure system provides unsurpassed flexibility, strength, durability and scalability in a freestanding enclosure cabinet that can also be connected to other TS 8s for countless configurations. The superior stainless steel 316 alloy offers excellent resistance to high temperatures, common chlorides (such as salt present in seawater), as well as chemicals like sulfuric acid, bromides, iodides, and fatty acids. Stainless steel 316 is also resistant to stress cracking, pitting, and crevice corrosion.

    The 316 Stainless Steel TS 8 enclosure is available now and can be found at and


    Rittal Wins Excellence Award From German American Chamber

    Schaumburg, IL – October 12, 2015 – Rittal North America (, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical enclosure cabinets and accessories for Industry and IT usage in multiple industries, has won the GACC Award for Excellence in Innovation from the German American Chamber of Commerce Midwest. The award was presented at the GACC Awards Gala in Chicago, Illinois, on October 9th, 2015.

    The company received the GACC’s Midwest Innovator Award, and was awarded for its groundbreaking Blue e+ air conditioning system for enclosures. Rittal is one of only three companies across America to win the award in 2015.

    Rittal’s international headquarters are located in Germany, with North American operations located in suburban Chicago.

    “Rittal exemplifies innovation and is a great example of the many German companies that are making meaningful contributions to the US economy. The GACC Awards are designed to recognize those companies that stand out from their already exemplary peers, showcasing the importance of the transatlantic trade and investment relationship,” says Mark Tomkins, President and CEO, GACC Midwest.

    Accepting the award for Rittal at the 2015 Gala was Hans Baumann, Product Manager – IT for Rittal North America.

    “It is a tremendous mark of achievement for Rittal technology to be recognized for innovation and engineering performance,” said Baumann. “Our company is known for being an industry leader in both market share as well as advanced capabilities in our industry, and it is very rewarding to our entire team for our work to be honored in the company of so many other well-deserving innovations.”

    Rittal’s new Blue e+ air conditioning technology is designed to lower energy consumption for its customers, a major component of operating costs for manufacturers and data centers. The Blue e+ lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) and produces energy savings within enclosures by up to 75 percent compared to other units.



    Schaumburg, IL – September 29, 2015 – Kaman Distribution Group, a leading distributor of industrial products, services and solutions, announced today a national distribution agreement with Rittal GmbH & Co. of Germany (

    Founded in 1961, Rittal is a global provider of enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure, software and services. The company has grown to more than 10,000 employees in 70 countries worldwide, with production on four continents. Rittal’s effective solutions have been in use for years in data centers, manufacturing facilities, CNC machining operations, and industrial locations where power supply is critical.

    With a U.S. headquarters outside of Chicago, a manufacturing center of excellence in Urbana, Ohio, distribution hubs in Texas and Nevada, and a new Oil & Gas Competency Center in Houston, Rittal is well-positioned to expand its distribution footprint in North America. This agreement is an extension of a relationship that began more than 20 years ago with Zeller, a business Kaman acquired in 2012. The new agreement includes all Kaman locations including Minarik, Zeller, and Kaman Industrial Technologies’ locations.

    “This relationship is a great fit for both Kaman and Rittal. They are aggressively developing new product innovations, and have a solid history of marketing those products very well. Over the past few years, Rittal has quickly grown to have industry-leading lead times, configuration tools, best in class products, and 50-70% higher efficiency ratings than their competitors,” said Steve Smidler, President of Kaman Distribution. “These factors, and the longstanding relationship with Zeller, convinced both parties this relationship will be mutually beneficial.”

    Rittal’s product lines—including standard enclosures, fans, climate control equipment and a variety of custom enclosures and accessories—will now be carried in more than 250 Kaman locations nationwide, including all former Zeller locations. While Rittal will maintain smaller, regional distribution agreements, Kaman will be Rittal’s only nationwide distributor.

    “We’re very excited to expand our partnership with Kaman, long recognized as one of the industry’s premier distributors in our sector,” noted Rittal North America President Gregg Holst. “Their legacy of outstanding customer service combines so well with our own company’s passion for innovative engineering, allowing us to create together a particularly powerful combination for our customers.”

    About Kaman Distribution Group

    Kaman Distribution (Kaman) is the distribution segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN).  Kaman is a distributor and service provider to North American industry from more than 200 customer service locations including 19 fabrication and assembly shops and five distribution centers in three business platforms: Bearings & Power Transmission, Automation, Control & Energy, and Fluid Power.  The company provides a commitment of technological leadership and value-added services to industry. Kaman’s core business lies in the supply and application of standard components, in addition to offering customers single-source responsibility and accountability for each product line.  Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut also conducts business in the aerospace market.