The panel building sector faces a range of challenges:
An almost unmanageable number of technical features in the face of fast-changing customer requirements, high cost and price pressure with tight deadlines. The only way to meet all of these demands is by applying the opportunities created by automation and digitalization to ensure perfect interaction between product, process and means of production. At present there is a lack of universal, economical solutions that meet the individual needs of the panel builder.
The purpose of SMART CABINET BUILDING is to provide integrated solutions for current and future challenges in the area of cabinet building by networking technology and expertise across all process steps. This ranges from component selection to the pre-assembly of wire harnesses, equipment and housings, to assisted final assembly and testing prior to commissioning.
A “digital twin,” a complete digital description of the control panel and its components that can be used to drive the various process steps, serves as the basis for networking the steps.
The only way to successfully increase productivity is to take a comprehensive view of the individual aspects of the value chain. Efficiency can be boosted significantly by taking advantage of the optimization potential that exists in the interfaces between individual process steps. Weidmüller, Komax, Zuken, Armbruster Engineering and nVent Hoffman / Steinhauer have launched the SMART CABINET BUILDING initiative in order to enable control cabinet building to tap into this potential with tailored, consistent solutions.