Flexible Systems for Different Requirements: Shared Solutions for IT and Industry

What role does IT play in the world of automation and how similar are the infrastructures and requirements? To answer these questions, it is helpful to first turn our attention briefly to the past when IT and industry ran through similar processes, albeit at slightly different times. For example, scalable and modular solutions – that are an essential part of efficient industrial production today – actually originated in the IT sector. They were needed to increase the capacity of data centres quickly and efficiently on demand. Today, IT and industry have not only moved closer together but the trends they are experiencing are also moving in the same direction. Key topics include availability, performance, energy efficiency, automation and autonomous operation. The attached article from Rittal outlines a number of IT technologies that are frequently being used in industrial applications and the benefits these technologies bring.

To understand the role that IT plays into automation and if there are any similarities in infrastructural requirements, it is essential to look at the past when IT and industry had similar processes. Scalar and modular solutions that are integral in current industrial production, originated from the IT industry. These solutions helped in increasing the capacity of data centers efficiently when the demand for them increased as well. Currently, IT and industry practices are very similar and future trends seem to indicate that such similarity will only become more symbiotic specifically in availability, performance, automation, autonomous operation and energy efficiency.

IT and industry are not only similar in processes but infrastructure as well. For machines, controllers, computers and even servers, the housing enclosure, climate control, power source and monitoring are essentially the same. However the technical specifications such as output and dimension often differ between IT and industry. For the seamless integration of IT into automation, it is important for the user to consider the availability of specific solutions in the market that can meet both of these industries requirements. Infrastructure that meets the needs of both industries, cuts down on warehousing, costs and simplifies procurement while also allowing for scalability and investing in securities. It is best to secure these elements from a single supplier as it aids in service.

TS 8 Enclosure

The TS 8 enclosure and its IT rack system provides system architecture to both the IT and industry sectors. Its platform is robust as its applications range from energy distribution, industrial automation and building installation. Its system architecture also accommodates network technology and data centers.

The design features in this component are unrivalled. The elements sit within a fully-welded frame structure which allows for its front and rear doors to be fully ventilated. The vented surface is beyond industry standards reaching up to 82 percent. While its front and rear doors are fully ventilated, its side doors are fully operable. To ensure the balance and stability of the system, each model has castor and leveling feet. It also has dual cable entry from its roof and base and achieves vendor neutrality through its infinite adjustment of mounting angles. It has a static load capacity of 1200 kg.

Rittal UPS System

The Rittal UPS System guarantees uninterruptable power supply systems. The PMC series from Rittal has several different systems. Their single-phase systems have a range of power between one to 12 kVA while their three-phase systems range from 10 to 960 kW. Both are highly efficient with a rating of 95 percent. Their latest models are designed to work dually in IT and industry. Both the PMC 40 and the PMC 120 models come in depths of 800 and 1,000 mm. They aid in safeguarding industrial controllers and assembly lines controlled by robots.

Data Center Monitoring System

Previous data center monitoring systems were supported by the typical IT network protocol SNMP. But in 2011 at the Hanover Fair, Rittal unveiled their third generation of CMC (Computer Multi Control) monitoring systems. CMC is fully integrated with an OPC server and is also 99 percent compatible with control station systems. Besides compatibility with OPC servers and control station systems, it remains cost-effective and is simple to assemble and configure. The CMC offers two variants: the CMC III Processing Unit Compact and the CMC III Processing Unit. The CMC III Processing Unit Compact is ideal for smaller IT projects and building monitoring. It includes four additional CAN-Bus components. The CMC III Processing Unit on the other hand is for more robust applications in demanding industrial environments. It has the ability to connect to 32 monitoring components.

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The TS 8 enclosure and IT rack system platform caters to both sectors and is unrivalled in its system architecture, which cuts across different sectors and takes in everything from applications for energy distribution and industrial automation through to building installation, network technology and complete data centres.
Rittal UPS systems

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The PMC series of uninterruptible power supply systems from Rittal includes single-phase systems with a power range from 1 to 12 kVA and three-phase systems from 10 to 960 kW. They have a high level of efficiency of 95 percent. The latest PMC 40 and PMC 120 models are available in depths of 800 and 1,000 mm and designed for both IT and industry, e.g. for safeguarding industrial controllers or robot assembly lines.
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At the Hanover Fair 2011, Rittal displayed the third generation of the intelligent CMC (Computer Multi Control) monitoring system. Previously, the system worked with the common IT network protocol SNMP. CMC III now offers users an integrated OPC server that is around 99 percent compatible with established control station systems.