Rittal's latest technical support tool is the Comfort Panel Configurator, which is used to configure individual prototype Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) by means of a simple selection process. On completion of the configuration a visual presentation and 3D CAD model can be displayed, in the format of choice, prior to exporting to a machine or plant design.
The Comfort Panel Configurator automatically provides a list of questions, via a selection menu, from which the prototype is built according to the selected details. The selection process starts with the basics - such as size and installation details - following through to specifics such as cooling fins, design strips, cable entries, rear panel and other accessories. An intelligent consistency check is included to ensure configuration is completed without any errors.
Once completed, the configurator identifies and presents the selected Comfort Panel design in full detail - complete with technical data and precise product description. This information can then be printed or a quotation requested.
3D CAD data can also be requested, which Rittal says can be used by all current CAD systems. The new Comfort Panel Configurator can be docked in the RiCAD 3D database, which is available online and actively supports plant designers and E-planners during the control and switchgear design phases.