Transmission of data to the cloud
Rittal use cases with Siemens MindSphere and IBM Watson IoT
Rittal’s new Blue e+ cooling units and chillers consume an average of 70 per cent less power than their conventional counterparts. What’s more, they raise the bar in M2M communication. Specifically, they can transmit key data to a smartphone quickly and simply via a NFC (near field communication) connection. And RiDiag III parameterisation and diagnostics software uses a USB interface or a network to support efficient system operation, deliver rapid support for maintenance and repairs, and enable in-depth diagnostics.
The new communications module (Com Modul) also allows the cooling units and chillers to communicate with any higher-level system via OPC UA, PROFINET, SNMP, Modbus RTU and CAN Master – enabling predictive maintenance, data analytics and more.
Rittal is presenting two examples of these products in use at Hannover Messe 2017 (the industrial trade fair in Hanover). These highlight the potential of the Blue e+ range’s communication capabilities.
Use case: Siemens MindSphere
The first use case shows how Rittal’s units interact with Siemens MindSphere. This cloud-based, open IoT (Internet of Things) operating system enables customers to develop their own Industry 4.0 applications. The platform is scalable, and can capture and analyse huge volumes of data – paving the way for smart-factory processes in energy data management and resource optimization, for example. Additionally, it harnesses analytics to predict when repairs and maintenance are required. This cuts costs and raises system uptime in comparison to work performed at predefined intervals. The solution also calculates the shortest routes for service engineers to take for these tasks – which can be particularly advantageous at facilities with a large number of machines. Plus, because up-to-the-minute data on each unit is available on the IoT platform, staff know what replacement parts they will require for the job in hand, eliminating the need for multiple trips.
Use case: IBM Watson IoT
The second use case examines how Rittal products interoperate with cloud-based data analytics system IBM Watson IoT. Watson’s architecture is designed to rapidly process information, and employs machine learning algorithms to analyse growing data volumes with increasing precision – with the aim of finding better answers to a variety of challenges. A machine at Rittal’s production plant in Rittershausen, Germany, is a prime example, demonstrating how this information is used to improve efficiency. These types of data analytics applications streamline maintenance and cut downtime – in other words, customers benefit from lower costs and higher machine availability. The solution’s new technologies also open up new business opportunities, e.g. within the scope of smart maintenance contracts.
By means of these two examples, Rittal provides insight into tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 world, and the new business models these will enable. And all this potential stems from the seamless transmission of data from sensors inside the cooling units and chillers to the cloud.
Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hesse, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services.
Systems made by Rittal are deployed across a variety of industrial and IT applications, including vertical sectors such as the transport industry, power generation, mechanical and plant engineering, IT and telecommunications. Rittal is active worldwide with 9,300 employees and 58 subsidiaries. Its broad product range includes infrastructure solutions for modular and energy-efficient data centres with innovative concepts for the security of physical data and systems. Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon comple-ment the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offers automation systems for switchgear construction.
Founded in Herborn in 1961, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,300 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2016. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade "Top German Employer" in 2017. A Germany-wide survey by Focus Money magazine named Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation's top companies in terms of vocational training in 2017.
Further information can be found at www.rittal.com and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com.