The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the highest demands for corrosion resistance. In addition to the frame structure, doors, panels and the gland plate, all the external parts such as 180° hinges and comfort handle variants are also made of stainless steel.
While the sheet steel and stainless-steel enclosure types have IP 55 and NEMA 12 protection categories as default, the optional NEMA 4X version with its corresponding IP 66 category protection offers increased protection. This means that the electrical and electronic equipment in the VX25 is reliably protected against dust, water splashes and jets, even under demanding conditions.
In order to achieve the high NEMA 4X protection category, the enclosure had to undergo a water jet test, among other things. This procedure (“hose-down” test), in which all gaps with seals were examined for leaks using a jet of water with a flow rate of over 240 litres per minute for a test period of 40 min/30 s (6 mm/s per seal length), confirmed that no water could penetrate the enclosure under comparable conditions. Furthermore, the test procedure includes a check of the dust protection, corrosion resistance, and protection against damage caused by external ice formation.
The almost identical design of the two VX25 enclosure types means that the engineering of the interior can be transferred a 100 percent from the stainless-steel enclosures to the NEMA 4X enclosures. This way, electrical engineering companies can save both time and money in engineering.
When VX25 stainless steel enclosures also need to be equipped with energy-efficient cooling technology for applications in demanding environments, the new Blue e+ cooling units in stainless steel are now also available to electrical engineering companies.
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hessen, 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 complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offers automation systems for switchgear construction.
Founded in Herborn in 1961 and still run by its owner, 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 11,500 people and generated revenues of €2.5 billion in 2017. For the tenth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade "Top German Employer" in 2018. In addition Friedhelm Loh Group was recognized as "Top vocational trainer" according to a study of Deutschland Test and Focus Money for the third year running in 2018.
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