Product innovations in distribution systems
Users can install both the new electronic household meter (eHZ) and the Ferraris meter into the Alpha-400-ZS meter cabinet. The meter support plate permits mounting of either meter generation by simply exchanging the mounting brackets. In the event of a failure, the device can be hot swapped quickly and easily thanks to the plug-in technology without requiring a shutdown of the system. The Alpha 400-ZS meter cabinets are available with an overall height of 900 or 1050 millimeters and in five different overall widths.
With the Alpha Box, Siemens now offers a wall-mounted distribution board for rated voltages of up to 690 V for the interiors of residential and non-residential buildings. Due to the corrosion-resistant surface with IP55 degree of protection, users can also install the distribution board in damp locations. When closed, the unit meets the requirements of overvoltage category II/III as well as pollution severity II/III. The Alpha Box can be used, for example, for power distribution solutions for garage-door opener drives, window and sauna controllers, or simple applications in small-sized companies.
Alpha Select Version 5.0 serves as planning and configuration software for installation engineers, control cabinet builders and wholesalers. It enables users to dimension distribution boards and small distribution boards, select Alpha-400-ZS meter cabinets, equip the cabinets in a virtual mock-up and calculate assembly services for devices.
The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation and building technologies. With integrated hardware and software technologies as well as comprehensive Industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity and efficiency of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM. With around 209,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal 2007 total sales of approximately EUR40 billion (pro forma, unconsolidated).
The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Zug, Switzerland), as a service provider and systems integrator and also as a manufacturer of the corresponding products, combines solutions and concepts for energy-efficient building automation, fire protection, electronic safety and electrical installation engineering. Due to this unique combination of activities, Building Technologies is a leading global player in the building automation market. The Division is an organizational unit of Siemens Schweiz AG (Zurich, Switzerland) and includes Building Technologies GmbH & Co. oHG (Erlangen, Germany), Building Technologies Inc. (Buffalo Grove, USA), their subsidiaries and holdings as well as all important Siemens activities in the field of building technologies.
Siemens Building Technologies (BT) has added new products to its Alpha distribution systems range for applications in residential and non-residential buildings and in industry. This includes the Alpha 400-ZS meter cabinet, which enables a combination of Ferraris meters and the new electronic household meters (eHZ), as well as the new distribution board series Alpha Box. Furthermore, Siemens has added new functions for configuring and planning distribution boards and small distribution boards with Version 5.0 of its Alpha Select software.
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