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Eplan adds Thermal Design Integration for cabinets

February 162016
Eplan adds Thermal Design Integration for cabinets

February 16, 2016 - Eplan adds Thermal Design Integration software for cabinets

that lets designers verify their assembly layouts with respect to climate control considerations and interactively make provisions for the best possible climate control solution.

The key goal is to communicate to control cabinet designers the functionality, performance limits and integration possibilities of the individual climate control system variations so that they can develop the most efficient climate control solution as intuitively and as simple as possible.

Designers need an overview of where the components, that especially require cooling, are located within the control cabinet to optimally place climate control components. It is important to avoid so-called hot spots from the very start.

Designers also receive information about the distribution of the heat-load density within the entire cabinet. If there´s an imbalance in the distribution, this can be corrected at any time with targeted changes in the mounting layout. All of the required information is made available as device data through the Eplan Data Portal.

For ideal and trouble-free air circulation within the control cabinet, designers require visual assistance to compare components´ mounting positions with the climate control system´s determining factors. Spaces that must remain free for air circulation purposes and the areas with ideal climatic conditions are graphically displayed when using Rittal climate control solutions. Spaces blocked off for air circulation cannot be used for mounting components because the climate control components will otherwise be significantly impeded in delivering the necessary volumes of cool air.

The optimally climate-controlled area describes the area that a climate control device can dependably cool due to its flow rate capacity. Eplan Pro Panel correspondingly visualizes the relevant device parameters - for example, the maximum thrust distance for the cooling air as well as the angle of the air flowing into the device and/or out of the device. This also takes into account the fact that the speed of the flow decreases with distance from the device and thus the device´s thrust distance is limited.

Only through the use of an air diverter can turbulent flow regions be eliminated so that the cooling air enters into the cabinet parallel to the door. The device-specific accessories necessary for this are factored in for notification about the optimal climate-controlled area. In the future, all the necessary data and information for this will be included as part of the product data of the respective Rittal climate control components and made available through the Eplan Data Portal. The use of Eplan Pro Panel allows the exact verification for a variety test runs.

EPLAN Software & Service develops engineering solutions, which accelerate the product development process. Interdisciplinary expert systems assure the highest degree of productivity and data integration. The solution provider develops customer-specific and tailor-made PDM and PLM concepts and provides comprehensive services such as customizing, consulting and training. Innovative development competence, a consistently practical approach, and international presence are the resulting success factors. EPLAN is part of Rittal International and thus of the Friedhelm Loh Group with 11,500 employees worldwide and generated revenues of about 3 billion USD in 2011. EPLAN is therefore synonymous with continuity and investment security. Eight offices in North America and company presence in 50 countries support 45,000 customers with 110,000 installations worldwide. 

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