A smart new enclosure accessory from Rittal can provide greater scope for the interior configuration of compact enclosures. Space is precious – especially when it comes to high packing densities in electrical engineering. Space limitations mean that panel builders and switchgear manufacturers have to accommodate more and more mechanical and electrical components in enclosures.
The planning and configuration of interior installations within compact enclosures can be both time-consuming and complicated. It can also lead to actions which compromise the integrity of the enclosure and add to the cost of installation. Additional holes often have to be drilled in areas such as the side panels to fasten components outside of the mounting plate. This not only lowers the enclosure’s protection category, it is also adds significantly to the setting-up costs. The limited available installation space inside the enclosure can also cause problems around the best use of the existing mounting surfaces.
In response, Rittal has developed an interior installation rail. The rail can be easily mounted to the side, floor or roof areas of the AE compact enclosure, without any need for additional drilling through the enclosure panels. This neat approach saves time and preserves the enclosure’s protection category. It can be placed wherever it is needed in the enclosure and is easily fixed (with a screw) and it will support static loads of up to 100N. A door-operated switch can also be fitted to the rail using an adapter (supplied). This means that rail mounting is easy even if the mounting plate has already been installed.
The rail has two rows of system punchings to create an additional mounting surface for items such as punched sections, enclosure lights, the afore-mentioned door-operated switches, door stays, cable conduit holders and a range of other components. Use of the rail can easily double the available mounting surface inside an AE compact enclosure. And because it has also been designed to use the accessories for the tried-and-tested modular TS 8 enclosure system, there is no longer any need to keep a duplicate stock of accessories.