By Mark Roberts on 03-Aug-2017 11:30:00
CNC machining centres, such as Perforex from Rittal Automation Systems, deliver significantly improved efficiency when processing panels in comparison to manual approaches. In fact, it is possible to achieve time savings of up to two thirds. A new web-based return on investment (ROI) calculator helps customers accurately gauge how quickly a Perforex purchase will pay for itself.
Perforex machining centres from Rittal Automation Systems are tailored to the challenges of switchgear manufacturing. They are ideal for the automated production of bore holes, cut-outs and threads in mounting plates, enclosure doors and side panels. Perforex systems are suitable for all materials typically found in switchgear, including steel, aluminium, copper and plastics. Moreover, an automatic tool changer allows multiple tasks to be performed in a single operation, without the need for human intervention. Importing wiring layout and electrical engineering data from Eplan Pro Panel design software further enhances productivity.
Proven efficiency gains under real-world conditions
Fill, a mid-sized Austrian-based engineering company, acquired a Perforex system in 2016. This has enabled a two-thirds reduction in the time needed to machine flat parts for enclosures. Seamless data integration has a key role to play: electrical engineering and wiring layout information generated within Eplan Pro Panel software is transferred to the Perforex system for immediate use in manufacturing. Fill produces approximately 2,000 housings and enclosures annually.
What is more, Rittal has created an online calculator that demonstrates how a Perforex system can deliver a rapid and tangible return on investment even for low production volumes. Customers simply enter the typical manufacturing quantity, current machining cycle time, and labour rates per hours, and the web-based tool computes the corresponding payback period for a variety of Perforex models.