By Anna Zobonos on 09-Jun-2020 13:48:21
Author: Andrew Mutch
Various tools have been developed for the processing of switchgear and control cabinets. For example, there are machines to make recesses in a cabinet for feeding in cable glands and tools such as hand punches to perform manual operations. These tools are each part of the Rittal Automation Systems (RAS) portfolio. But did you know that the portfolio also includes smart wire making machines? These offer interesting advantages in terms of speed and continuity.
There are three RAS wire making machines, each with a specific action:
1. The cutting machine
Information about the length and diameter of the wire is generated by means of connecting software and importing data into the cutting machine. Based on this frame, the machine will precisely cut the wires to that specific length. The mechanic only has to select which wires he needs, the length and the number.
2. The stripping machine
The strip machine processes the beginning and end of the wire. Whilst many mechanics still do this by hand, the machine will automatically have a piece of the beginning and end of the wire stripped off. It is possible to specify boundary conditions, such as the length of the strip and the diameter of the wire to ensure the quality of the output is always consistent.
3. The shrink machine
Once the wire has been stripped, all you have to do is mount a wire end sleeve. The crimping machine, either by compressed air or electrically driven, automatically presses the wire end sleeve to the stripped wire. The fitter can then simply screw the wire under a connection.
Whilst manual wiring takes a lot of work, these three RAS wire making machines transform the work into one smooth process. This makes the whole job much simpler, faster and more efficient. In addition, it provides continuity due to the constant length of the wires that reduces residual waste.
Future music: robot Averex
Right now complete automatic wiring is still a step too far, but could be feasible in the future. Rittal's robot Averex is a prototype designed to carry out all the actions of the aforementioned wiring machines in one go. It goes even further and attaches the wire under the mounting plate, guides the wire via the wire tube(s) to the target and screws it in place. It is not yet known when the robot will be on the market.
EPLAN Smart Wiring
After the manual wire assembly, the following process begins: panel wiring. We can also make this process easier for you with the browser-based wiring optimisation solution, EPLAN Smart Wiring. This solution saves you a lot of time by not indicating an abstract connection, but a realistic functional wiring sequence based on the actual cabinet layout.
Do you want to discover more about EPLAN Smart Wiring? Download the 'Panel wiring without schematics with EPLAN Smart Wiring' white paper: