Power distribution in confined spaces
The Rittal compact busbar system for up to 125 A
Manufacturers are moving away from stand-alone power distribution enclosures for individual control units. Instead, they are looking to create an overarching system within a single enclosure, serving multiple controllers – each one assigned to a specific machine. The new Rittal RiLine Compact, designed for control units that require a maximum current of 125 A, addresses this need. Despite its size, the busbar system distributes power effectively and reliably, in compliance with all applicable standards. The innovative technology is ideal for small switchgear and controllers, and for direct integration into plant and equipment.
RiLine Compact marks Rittal’s entry into a new market segment for low-current power distribution. Currently, most systems designed for up to 125 A feature comb busbars or conventional wiring. However, this type of wiring devours time and effort, and can result in numerous individual connections – and a confusing configuration. Moreover, the drawback of comb busbars is that they vary by manufacturer and design type, and are not standardised and modular. And busbar systems are rare below 125 A, meaning many have a highly customised configuration, making assembly and installation complex and time-consuming.
All-round contact hazard protection
RiLine Compact comprises a board with busbars entirely enclosed in covers that safeguard against unintentional contact. A connection can be easily established anywhere along the length of a busbar via a series of access apertures (called the pitch pattern) in the board. Switchgear and control units can be simply “plugged in” using a variety of adaptors. In addition, a adapter for connection to round conductors is available, as well as a variety of functional modules for motor and power control.
One of RiLine Compact’s primary strengths is that it can be rapidly configured, assembled and installed. The main board and diverse components can be securely mounted without the need for tools. Because the entire system is shielded by covers, users are protected against live parts. This enhances safety for operators and for the system as a whole. Furthermore, it saves time and cuts costs.
Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hesse, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services.
Systems made by Rittal are deployed across a variety of industrial and IT applications, including vertical sectors such as the transport industry, power generation, mechanical and plant engineering, IT and telecommunications. Rittal is active worldwide with 9,300 employees and 58 subsidiaries. Its broad product range includes infrastructure solutions for modular and energy-efficient data centres with innovative concepts for the security of physical data and systems. Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offers automation systems for switchgear construction.
Founded in Herborn in 1961, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,300 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2016. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade "Top German Employer" in 2017. A Germany-wide survey by Focus Money magazine named Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation's top companies in terms of vocational training in 2017.
Further information can be found at www.rittal.com and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com.