Everyone who has ever taken a look at production knows this picture: thick paper folders with machine and system documentation in the control cabinet. From the point of view of Eplan and Rittal, it is no longer timely if the data can be used digitally and centrally. […]
Everyone who has ever taken a look at production knows this picture: thick paper folders with machine and system documentation in the control cabinet. From the point of view of Eplan and Rittal, it is no longer timely if the data can be used digitally and centrally. The sister companies present Rittal ePocket – the digital schematic pocket. The new space in the cloud not only eliminates paper in an environmentally friendly way. The easy access to the always up-to-date data provides operators, planners, switchgear manufacturers and maintenance technicians with advantages in cooperation.
Paper is patient, says the use of language. Paper is a no-go in digital times, say Eplan and Rittal. With the development of Rittal ePocket, a new digital schematic pocket, the sister companies are tidying up and giving priority to digital data for the control cabinet. The much-used paper documentation has thus become obsolete. “With Rittal ePocket, our customers are taking a step towards benefiting from data quality in the further growing applications in operation and service,” says Uwe Scharf, Managing Director of Business Units and Marketing at Rittal. If all project data, such as schematics, maintenance plans, certificates, etc. of a machine or system are available digitally, changes can be transferred directly back to the project and possible downtimes can be reduced to a minimum.
Project access via the Eplan Cloud
In order for this workflow to work, every Rittal control cabinet of the VX25, VX SE, AX and KX series will have its own “place” in the Eplan Cloud in the future. The owner of the ePocket can access the machine and system documentation including the digital twin in the Eplan Cloud via a QR code on the control cabinet. The benefit will increase even more if he later gives other actors an insight into the current documentation. For service and maintenance employees, for example, this means that they can easily access the wiring diagrams directly on the system via smartphone or tablet via the integrated Eplan eView. In the case of repair, this ensures quick discoverability and at the same time quick troubleshooting.
Through this digital process from schematic creation to maintenance, companies benefit in three ways: incidents are eliminated faster and repeated printouts of sometimes 500 and more pages of documentation are saved – a significant time advantage. The environment also benefits from the elimination of paper through CO2 reduction. Last but not least, the fire risk is reduced if no paper is stored inside the control cabinet.
Digital twins in operation
From now on, the digital twin accompanies the real control cabinet throughout its entire life cycle. With the digital schematic pocket, the machine and system documentation is always up-to-date and also available from any device, regardless of location, during operation of the system. “We are intensifying our offers for ‘operations’, because the opportunities for our customers and the industry are clear,” explains Scharf: “Tracking possibilities and the information content of the data are continuously increasing. As a result, operators, planners, switchgear manufacturers and maintenance technicians remain in contact with each other during the operation of the systems and in business.“