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Enclosures facilitate easy rewiring as manufacturing plants evolve

Enclosures facilitate easy rewiring as manufacturing plants evolve

Until recently, rewiring automated plants as production requirements change and evolve could be a daunting prospect. Each change to the plant was likely to make the wiring a little more complicated and a little less efficient, with the danger that after a number of changes it comes to resemble an explosion in a spaghetti factory. Now Spelsberg, has developed a solution that means wiring layouts can be kept neat through any number of changes, making both reconfiguring and fault tracing easy and efficient.

Automated factories and robotic production lines are becoming increasingly common as production engineers and senior managers come to realise their advantages. However, anyone with experience of such hi- tech set ups will know that one of the key requirements is a very high level of flexibility. Automated plants must be easy to adapt so that they can meet the ever-changing needs of the markets they serve. Each change is almost certain to require some degree of rewiring of the machinery, control system and/or power supply. It does not take many changes for a once-neat and rational cable layout to be compromised into an untidiness that makes it difficult to trace faults and generally be dispiriting to any rationally-minded engineer.

Spelsberg has considered this natural evolution of wiring and redesigned its GTi range of electrical enclosures to provide a simple but effective solution that should help keep wiring lay-outs neat, efficient and easy to follow. Like most Spelsberg enclosures these are non-metallic; they are also self-assembly and modular in design. The result is that they can easily be expanded by removing the side walls and adding another module – or in fact several more modules if required. Their design is such that adjacent modules fit together using interchangeable parts and always provide an IP65 rated seal. The GTi range is available in a number of sizes and can be supplied as both individual parts or in pre-assembled and populated sub-systems.

The GTi electrical enclosures are therefore designed to easily adapt to the ever-changing switchgear and cabling requirement of a busy factory as it responds to changing market requirements. Very importantly installations can be expanded and changed without having to remove or re-wire the original enclosure, meaning the whole engineering effort can be concentrated on new elements of the system.

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