Control cabinet engineering

Control cabinet engineering

Control cabinets for any system and any occasion.

As control experts, we provide customised automation solutions on the basis of various development tools in the area of mechanical engineering and plant engineering. PLC programming (SIMATIC S7, S5, Beckhoff and others) and the implementation of process control systems as well as solutions for process visualisation (WinCC flexible and others) are included in our portfolio of services.

Control cabinets for any system and any occasion.

schaltschrankbauOur control cabinet and switchboard engineering services go beyond the area of automation. In this field, we work in many industries which have nothing to do with manufacturing, automotive, or industrial environments. Individuality is our focus. A control cabinet contains the electrical and electronic components of a process engineering plant or a manufacturing system which are not contained directly in the machine. In the simplest case, it only contains terminals or boards for the electrical wiring of the various components of a plant.

Standard sizes are made by the control cabinet manufacturer; special designs are made directly by the machine manufacturer. The internal design is made in our electrical workshop.

A control cabinet provides the following functions for the electrical and electronic equipment:

 

For the internal components:

  • Protection against dust and water, IP degrees of protection as per EN/IEC 60529)
  • Brackets and structuring of the internal design (e.g. rails, mounting plates, division into power and control sections)
  • Heat protection (control cabinet air conditioning)
  • Protection against electromagnetic influences (EMC)
  • Protection against mechanical impact, vandalism and earthquakes (control cabinets with additional supports)

 

For the environment:

  • Shielding against electromagnetic emission
  • Protection against direct contact with hazardous voltages (protection classes: protective earth connection, protective isolation)
  • Fire protection (special smoke extraction solutions)

Control cabinets are often equipped with a window that allows the user to read measured values or detect switching states. Many control cabinets have an external Emergency Off push-button and/or a main switch for shutting down the machine in emergencies. This can be locked and only machine service staff can access it.Depending on the application, control cabinets are made of painted steel sheet, plastic (e.g. for outdoor installation) or aluminium sheet.The standard colour of painted control cabinets is RAL 7035 (light grey); this used to be RAL 7032 (pebble grey).Stainless steel control cabinets are available for corrosive ambient conditions as well as pharmaceutical and food and beverage operations; such control cabinets are usually not painted.We provide a solution made exactly to your requirements.