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Rittal Launch New Enclosures - and You Can See Them at LC Automation, Blackburn in April

Rittal are launching the AX and KX small enclosure ranges at Hanover Messe next month. Although they will not be available until much later in the year, you can be one of the first people in the UK to see them as Rittal bring their brand new demo bus to Blackburn.

Arriving at our Blackburn Head Office  on Thursday 11th April, the Rittal demo bus will be available between 9.30am and 12.00pm . Along with the brand new AX and KX small and compact enclosures, it will also showcase the VX25 series which was recently launched as the long awaited replacement to the TS8 large enclosure range. 

Rittal VX Large Enclosures, AX Compact Enclosures and KX Small Enclosures on the Rittal Demonstration Bus
Come and see the Rittal Demonstration Bus at LC Automation, Blackburn

Over 35 Million Units Sold

Rittal has rethought and redesigned the new AX compact and KX small enclosures, providing simpler, faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety. This launch marks the digital transformation of a standardised product that has been made by Rittal for more than 50 years: Over 35 million units of the AE have been manufactured, making it the most popular compact enclosure in the world.

Fit for Industry 4.0

Digitalisation and automation in the era of Industry 4.0 are creating new enclosure challenges. “We have understood the new imperatives of digitalised industry, and 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.

Simple, Fast, Flexible and Safe

The two latest additions to the Rittal enclosure portfolio will offer customers improved features; panels can be removed individually; there is no need for the usual disassembly work and it is also easier to install doors and cam locks, typically without the need for tools. Wall mounting brackets can be quickly screwed into place from the outside of the compact or small enclosure – and without impacting the protection rating. This also 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.

A Third More Space for Cables

A further advantage is the more ample space available in the AX and KX compared to their predecessors, the AE, CM, KL, EB and BG enclosures. The increasing number of sensors and actuators being deployed in the switchgear industry is, in turn, raising the quantity of cables to be housed. The new enclosures’ modular design, improved cut-outs and larger gland plates create on average a third more space for cables. In addition, integrated locators in the side panels enable simple, precise and time-saving incorporation of the interior installation rails. As the rails also make use of 25 mm spacing (pitch pattern), it is possible to use accessories, such as lights or terminal blocks, from the VX25 portfolio. This allows a smaller parts inventory, and there is no need for machining, such drilling, etc.

Safety is a high priority with all Rittal enclosures. When components are installed in the AX and KX, their protection category is maintained without any restrictions. This also applies to UL certification, which is essential for deployment on the North American market. Overall, the new design features make the compact enclosures more robust, and ensure greater resistance in particular to dynamic loads.

Come and See the New Enclosures for Yourself

See the Rittal VX25, AX and KX series enclosures for yourself on the Rittal demo bus at LC Automation, Blackburn on Thursday 11th April, between 9.30am and 12.00pm. There is no need to book, just turn up, grab a brew and take a  look at these brand new innovations in the Industrial Enclosure market. If you would like any further information, please give us a call on 01254 685900 and we'll be happy to help. We look forward to seeing you there.

See Rittal AX and KX Enclosures at LC Automation in April

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