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    Rittal Launches New Deep-Hinged Window Kit

    Latest Enclosure Accessory Provides Improved Viewing and Flexible Access to Enclosure Components

    The latest Rittal enclosure accessory, Deep-Hinged Window Kit, is ideal for installing a viewing window where access to components mounted behind the window is required. Its quick-release hidden 130° door hinges are designed for left or right hinging.

    Schaumburg, IL – June 14, 2017— Rittal North America (, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, introduces the Deep-Hinged Window Kit (WKDH). The window kit is the latest accessory for Rittal’s top-selling TS 8 line of industrial enclosures, as well as standard wall-mount, free-standing SE 8 and other enclosures.

    The Deep-Hinged Window Kit provides protection, visibility and easy access to HMI displays and other components mounted behind the viewing area. The depth of the WKDH allows for use of extra deep pushbuttons (~2”/50mm).

    The aesthetically appealing design of Rittal’s WKDH includes a reversible door for left or right hinging, ¼” thick flush mounted polycarbonate viewing window, foamed-in-place gasket and comes with a full-size drill template for easy mounting in the field.

    Rittal’s WKDH is available in carbon steel, 304 and 316L stainless steel. It is UL Listed and rated for UL Type 12/3R/4 for carbon steel and 12/3R/4X for stainless steel.

    For complete details on WKDH and the entire line of Rittal enclosure accessories, visit


    About Rittal

    Rittal North America, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG and manufactures the world’s leading industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including climate control and power management systems for industrial, data center, outdoor and hybrid applications.


    Trust in IIoT data declines, according to survey

    In the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era, data is king, but it also has to be reliable. However, businesses don’t trust their data, according to a survey by Experian Data Quality. This is crucial because data supports major business initiatives. The level of data accuracy, however, appears lower, and without trusted data, quality decisions cannot occur.

    Businesses leverage data to increase revenue and better serve their customers. Along those lines, 84% of U.S. organizations said they believe data is an integral part of forming a business strategy. However, organizations lack confidence in their data. On average, businesses believe 27% of their data is inaccurate, and the C-suite estimates error levels to be even higher, the report said.

    It seems hard to believe, but 52% of organizations rely on educated guesses or gut feelings to make decisions based on their data. While businesses are starting to make strides in improving the issue, many of the efforts end up based in departmental silos and lack consistency across data sources. This is due, in part, to the difficulty of building a compelling business case for an enterprise-wide data quality program.

    The study, which polled more than 1,400 data professionals across eight countries around the globe, showed organizations struggle with inconsistent, legacy data management practices. Also, the survey found 82% of organizations have less than optimum data management practices, leaving significant room for improvement.

    A big challenge is existing data management strategies end up based on individual departmental silos or sit primarily within information technology (IT) organizations. However, data usage is shifting out of IT and into the business units. In fact, 70% of organizations globally believe the responsibility for ongoing data quality ultimately should lie with the business, with occasional help from IT. Other key findings from the survey include:

    • 62% of organizations said the IT department has the greatest influence on how data ends up handled.
    • 73% of C-level executives said inaccurate data is undermining their ability to provide an excellent customer experience.
    • 85% of organizations globally experienced more timely and personalized customer communications as a result of improving their data quality solution.

    Gregory Hale is the editor and founder of Industrial Safety and Security Source (, a news and information Website covering safety and security issues in the manufacturing automation sector. This content originally appeared on Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, Control

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    Three steps for securing your IoT system

    When it comes to suffering a data breach as a result of poor Internet of Things (IoT) security, the stakes have never been higher. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is just on the horizon and with it will come staggering fines for organizations that fall victim to the theft of customer data-up to €20 million or 5% of turnover, whichever is highest.

    While last year’s Mirai DDos attack demonstrated how hackers could use hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices infected with malicious code to take down websites in the U.S. and Europe, more attention needs to be paid to just how dangerous badly-protected IoT device can be.

    In fact, some security experts are suggesting that if we don’t drastically change approaches to IoT security, IoT might just as well stand for "internet of threats," or even, the "insecurity of things." Clearly, companies need to do more to ensure that a proliferation of connected devices on the edge of their networks doesn’t compromise the security of internal information technology (IT) systems.

    Three steps to better IoT security

    The concept of "security by design" is a crucial component when it comes to the creation of IoT-connect devices. Any piece of IoT technology, whether it’s for business or consumer use, should be created with security as a fundamental component. What’s more, companies need to be aware of the technology solutions out there that are designed to protect IT systems and devices from security breaches. But looking beyond this, there are three simple steps that every company should be taking to protect their IoT systems.

    1. Choose the providers of IoT devices carefully

    It is critical to do due diligence when choosing an IoT device provider. Ensure it is a well-known and reliable supplier, likely to be around for the long term. IoT devices need to be updated regularly, especially when a new security flaw is discovered. If you bought from a company that has gone bust, you’ll end up with a device that is basically useless. Buy from a manufacturer that will be around for years to come so they can provide patches and fixes to any security bugs that may arise and in a timely fashion.

    2. Invest in a network analysis tool

    It is not enough, though, to just rely on suppliers. It is also important to invest in a network analysis tool to monitor activity and quickly identify potential security issues. Not doing so runs the risk of missing instances of information being accessed without permission or at unexpected times. These signs can point to a breach of your IT system through IoT devices.

    3. Make network management protocols a priority

    Connected devices often come with an in-built protocol from the manufacturer that will allow you to monitor internal activity-but this often isn’t enough if you’re looking for robust security. For businesses, it is crucial to choose IoT devices that support simple network management protocols (SNMP), the worldwide standard for network management, allowing them to be monitored by intrusion detection and prevention systems. This way, you will have more detailed and comprehensive monitoring and analysis of a device, and be able to pick up on any unauthorized attempts to access it.

    Security can’t be an afterthought

    At the end of the day, the number of IoT security breaches is only going to grow. As such, securing connected devices can no longer be treated as an afterthought. If we’re ever going to realize the full potential of the technology, companies need to ensure they’ve made security a priority from the very beginning.

    George Smyth is director of R&D software at Rocket Software. This article originally appeared on Internet of Business, a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

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    IIoT’s emergence just a matter of when

    This will be remembered as the year that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) grew up. After so many years of predictions, distractions and industry coaxing, IIoT arrived in 2017. As I look at developments across the industry I see more and more IIoT strategies in progress, with investments being made in infrastructure, technology and skills, and exciting returns being reported on initial projects.

    Just as significantly, I see vendors and other industry experts coalescing to build end-to-end solutions that will make IIoT easier to deploy and quicker to yield a return. With so many positive developments, I’m confident IIoT will lie at the heart of every manufacturing facility in 10 years’ time.

    My optimism is underscored by a recent survey of 200 manufacturing executives conducted by KRC Research for Honeywell in which nearly 70% of respondents said they plan to invest additional resources in IIoT and data analytics technology in 2017. What’s driving this desire is the cumulative strategic and financial value of their problems: downtime and related losses in efficiency, inadequate staffing, off-spec production and supply chain inefficiencies. They all add up.

    IIoT now is acknowledged by industrial manufacturers as having the capability to resolve each of these challenges. So it’s not a question of will the Internet transform process manufacturing—it’s a question of when.

    One reason for the growing enthusiasm in IIoT is the powerful data it brings together. The majority of survey respondents believe that data analytics will resolve age-old problems such as equipment breakdowns, unscheduled process disruption and supply chain management issues. These figures are telling in terms of where IIoT investments and deployments will be made in 2017 and beyond.

    Taking the first steps

    As a first step, many early adopters implemented digitization campaigns. Most are reporting excellent early results to the tune of multi-million dollars in savings. For example, mineral processing companies have centralized their process knowledge and provided collaborative support to remote locations; refineries have increased overall equipment effectiveness by up to two percent; chemical companies have reduced inventories and improved customer responsiveness; and paper companies have solved key knowledge retention issues.

    However, for all the success of these pilot projects, there remains a significant number of manufacturers standing still. Indeed, the survey revealed that some respondents are pressing ahead without a data analytics-led IIoT strategy or are not planning to invest in data analytics in the next year.

    Their reasons include a lack of understanding of the benefits of data analytics and inadequate resources—specifically, people with data analytics expertise. And disconcertingly, while these companies put off decisions about IIoT, many are working their plants harder than they should: the survey found many respondents feel pressured to continue working under the threat of unscheduled downtime and equipment breakdowns to maximize revenue.

    These companies are fighting a battle against time and will start to lag as their competitors surge ahead. The fact that many remain unmoved by IIoT underscores the importance of continued industry education. Many still feel that IIoT requires a sudden and wholesale change in their business. It doesn’t; it can be phased and scaled to a company’s circumstances. IIoT should be viewed as an evolution, not a revolution.

    One trend that I believe will have a positive influence over those still undecided is increased partnership among industry vendors, process licensors, equipment experts and consultants to provide joined-up technology solutions that will ease and speed adoption and provide innovative solutions to industrial problems previously thought to be unsolvable. Just imagine if you could collect, display, analyze and react to plant information by purchasing a solution virtually off the shelf? Or imagine benefitting from whatever data analytics expertise you need without having to hire a team of data scientists?

    Cloud-based forums of experts have the potential to deliver advice and assistance, whenever or wherever it is needed. Innovative and flexible offerings such as these are becoming available now through closer industry cooperation. The reality is no one vendor can do everything, and some are better at some things than others, and therefore need one another to address remaining barriers and gaps, working together to make IIoT more accessible to the industry.

    Despite the remaining skepticism, IIoT is in a very different place in 2017 than it was a year ago. Pilot projects are everywhere and are showing promising early results while momentum builds through industry partnerships. Our research shows that we’re at the tipping point toward mainstream adoption. IIoT has finally grown up.

    Shree Dandekar is vice president and general manager for Honeywell Connected Plant.

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    Rittal Launches ROI Calculator to Showcase Labor Savings in Enclosure Modifications

    Schaumburg, IL – May 3, 2017— Rittal North America, the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial enclosures, enclosure accessories and machinery, has launched an online tool to help system integrators calculate and compare the labor savings of automated panel modification.

    For prospective buyers of the Rittal Perforex system, the calculator is a simple tool to show how quickly the machine will pay for itself in labor and time savings. The inputs for the Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator include:

    • Number of holes and cutouts per job
    • Number of enclosures modified per month
    • Labor rate

    “In general, manual modification that takes a few days, can be completed in hours on automated modification equipment like the Perforex,” said Mike Herzog, Rittal Automation Systems Business Manager for Rittal North America. “The online ROI calculator easily visualizes how quickly the Perforex delivers a return on investment for their business.”

    Perforex machining centers were developed by Rittal to fully automate the manual tasks involved in modifying enclosures and back panels.  Designed specifically for control panel manufacturers, Perforex machining centers can be easily programmed to drill holes, tap threads and cut required openings in the enclosure.

    Accompanying the system is a user-friendly Perforex workshop program with layout software and a database structure with “pick and place” design.  Machine-ready layout programs can be created without any prior CAD experience.  The workshop program is designed to allow engineers and panel builders to design in a 2D environment and visually verify and ensure design of the layout before performing the modification.

    To calculate ROI on the cost of the Perforex system ownership, try the online calculator.  For complete details on entire line of Rittal enclosure modification equipment, software and tools, visit




    About Rittal

    Rittal North America, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG and manufactures the world’s leading industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including climate control and power management systems for industrial, data center, outdoor and hybrid applications.


    Rittal Named One of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois

    Schaumburg, Illinois – May 2, 2017 – Rittal North America, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois. This is the second year in a row this distinction has been received by Rittal.

    “The heart of the Rittal organization is our people,” said Cindy Janssen, Vice-President of Human Resources, Rittal North America. “We produce enclosures and equipment, but we are built on a workplace culture that fosters professional development, encourages excellence and values employee contributions. We are honored to be recognized, but we believe the recognition belongs to our outstanding employees.”

    The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

    This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. Rittal will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 18.

    “Rittal is deeply connected to the businesses, universities and communities of Illinois,” said Cindy Janssen. “This award honors those relationships.”

    Rittal North America was founded in Springfield, Ohio in 1982. Its parent company, Rittal, was started in Germany in 1961 and has grown to include offices in more than 70 countries and manufacturing facilities on 4 continents. Rittal North America’s U.S. Headquarters, located in suburban Chicago, Illinois, is a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a customer training center, including expanded teaching resources, product testing facilities and a large-scale product showroom where customers can have a hands-on experience with the entire Rittal System.


    About Rittal

    Rittal North America, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG and manufactures the world’s leading industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including climate control and power management systems for industrial, data center, outdoor and hybrid applications. Rittal‘s off-the-shelf standard, modified standard and custom-engineered products are recognized throughout the world as innovative, high quality solutions for practically any industrial or IT infrastructure application — from single enclosures to comprehensive, mission critical systems. Learn more at


    RWE: On the grid with a double-walled design

    RWE intelligent modular enclosure

    For decades, open-air supply cabinets have been performing a vital service in the 380, 220 and 110 kV substations of the RWE transport and distribution network. However, due to the cost of corrosion protection and problems with the interior climate of the single-walled sheet steel enclosures, it was time to find a new solution.

    “The concept presented by Rittal and SSS met our requirements and turned out to be the optimum solution based on an analysis of commercial and technical benefits.” Dr. Ulrich Küchler, Head of Primary Technology, RWE Westfalen-Weser-Ems Netzservice GmbH

    Investing in the future

    Stringent requirements were set out for the new enclosures, which would have to exhibit improved internal climatic conditions, offer corrosion resistance for over 40 years, be compatible with existing modules and be comprised of standard modules. Together, Rittal and Essen-based control unit manufacturer SSS Elektrotechnische Systeme presented a solution based on these demands. By combining Toptec outdoor enclosures from Rittal with the RWE intelligent modular design that has been tried and tested over the course of several decades, the partners developed a concept that RWE had made a compulsory requirement in early 2010.

    Close to the standard but still flexible

    The collaboration between RWE, SSS and Rittal culminated in a series product based on Toptec that can be delivered quickly. However, it had also been tailored to RWE in terms of its technical specifications and boasted exceptional flexibility in terms of accommodating a range of local conditions.

    The power of two walls

    The stainless steel base frame of the enclosure is based on the TS 8 system platform, while the doors, side components and roof are made from aluminium, which results in a weight saving of up to 40 percent. The double-walled design ensures better climatic conditions inside the enclosure and helps to prevent condensation. Despite these many benefits, the new solution costs no more than the single-walled variant.


    Kassel Rural District: Broadband expansion in Rittal outdoor enclosures

    Outdoor Enclosure

    High speeds are the order of the day on Germany’s information highways – especially after a network expansion. The German Federal Association of Broadband Communication estimates that households in Germany will be surfing the net at average transfer speeds of 200 Mb per second by 2020 at the latest. In rural areas in particular, large sums are currently being invested. In 2012, the rural district of Kassel connected 74 areas in 23 municipalities to the DSL network.

    “We took delivery of enclosures that had been prepared precisely to our requirements”
    Klaus Peter von Friedeburg, Managing Director of ACO Computerservice GmbH, Kassel

    Rittal supplied more than 150 outdoor enclosures that had been specially customised for their intended use. The technology inside links the signals arriving by glass fibre cable or microwave radio relay to Deutsche Telekom’s existing copper lines.

    Coping with heat

    To stop the multifunctional enclosures from overheating, Rittal chose an entirely double-walled construction and incorporated vent slots close to the ground and under the enclosure roof. When the outer skin heats up, the air in the cavity between the two aluminium sheets also gets warmer, which causes it to rise up, creating a vacuum effect and drawing in cool air from close to the ground. This thermal flow provides extremely effective cooling in a natural – and completely free – process.

    Extending service life

    Keeping temperatures under control helps to extend the service life of the electronics and, more importantly, safeguards availability. That is particularly important when the outdoor enclosures are located along radio relay lines in the middle of the forest and are therefore very difficult to reach. However, the stringent requirements for failsafe operation are not restricted to simply withstanding extreme temperatures. When positioned close to roads, the compact units can be exposed to very different immediate and long-term hazards. For example, Rittal uses a special coating made from pure polyester to protect the units from salt spray during winter.

    Protection from traffic accidents and vandalism

    Taking into account the risk of traffic accidents, Rittal designed the total of 150 enclosures installed in Kassel so that they can be repaired or the outer enclosure even completely replaced without having to switch off the communications technology inside. “When an excavator bent a door completely out of shape while it was being installed, we were able to see for ourselves how quickly and easily repairs could be carried out. A replacement was available immediately and Rittal’s service team arrived at the scene promptly,” says ACO Key Account Manager Stefan Finger. The enclosures have also been built to meet resistance class 2 and therefore offer adequate protection against vandalism.


    Littau GmbH: Upgraded to a research vessel

    Originally built in 1981, the fisheries protection vessel Seefalke was transformed into one of the world’s most state-of-the-art research ships in the space of just two years. Littau, a switchgear engineering company that specialises in industrial and shipbuilding applications, was responsible for fitting out the heart of the ship – its new main switchboard – and opted once again for enclosure technology from Rittal.

    “We have been using solutions from Rittal for quite some time due to the high quality of its products. The difference in quality standard is most apparent on the upper deck, where Rittal enclosures stand alongside competitors’ products and are exposed to harsh weather conditions.”
    Kai Töllner, Sales Manager at Littau

    Secure switching system

    At 7.20 metres in length, the main switchboard controls the power supply throughout the entire ship from one place. Two diesel generators feed power to busbars in the main switchboard, where it is then distributed to the various consumers in the ship. The system features a total of 12 sections that are each assigned to certain consumers. Every section incorporates Rittal TS 8 enclosures, which come with GL (Germanischer Lloyd) certification as standard, and Maxi-PLS power distribution technology from Rittal.

    Flexible through and through

    The core of the TS 8 is the 16x folded vertical section of the frame, which delivers excellent stability and also offers a second mounting level and thus diverse configuration options thanks to a comprehensive range of system accessories. The excellent flexibility of the enclosure solution also extends to the Ri4Power power distribution system from Rittal. Indeed, the connection-friendly system offers numerous advantages for power infeed, where a multitude of cables converge.

    Packed with Rittal

    In addition to the large enclosures, the entire ship – from the engine room via the decks to the bridge – is packed with compact and small enclosures. For example, there are several compact enclosures in the engine room that house the control technology for the ventilation, fire dampers, rudder hydraulics and waste incinerator. More than 80 percent of the enclosures on board – almost 100 – are from Rittal.


    Daimler: Rittal climate-control systems reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent

    While searching for ways to boost energy efficiency, Daimler put energy-saving cooling units from Rittal through their paces in live tests. The Sindelfingen plant manufactures products including pressed parts for Mercedes-Benz and Maybach. And the enclosure cooling units from Rittal ticked all the boxes.

    “The test results convincingly showed that Rittal’s Blue e generation cooling units would enable us to achieve clear energy savings.”
    Harald Bölle, Head of Industrial and Building Systems – Electrics at Daimler AG in Sindelfingen.

    Up to 70 percent lower energy consumption

    The major potential for improvement is primarily related to the main energy consumers – the coating and press plants. The latter, for example, consumes 40,000 MWh/a. In view of the unequivocal test results from a pilot application, Daimler AG decided to replace the old cooling units with new ones as soon as possible and to convert all switchgear at the press plant by 2012. The automotive manufacturer placed an order for more than 250 new units with outputs from 500 W to 2,000 W – even before the cooling units were officially available.

    Saving on running costs and lowering environmental impact

    It is a blessing for budget planning. By changing its cooling units, Daimler can save operating costs running into six figures and satisfy its claim of “Green Technology Leadership”. In total, the new climate-control systems will stop almost 500 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the environment each year.