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Are your enclosures ready for the summer?
21 July 2017
Rittal are advising users of manufacturing automation systems to check that they are prepared for the summer heat and, if necessary, arrange for an inspection of their equipment to check the level of risk.
High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing.
A failed electrical device can cause major disruption to production which could cost a company hundreds of thousands of pounds per hour. The cost of catastrophic equipment failure is even higher, because it means an extended period of downtime while replacement products are sourced and fitted.
Jason Swann, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate advises: “Electrical equipment generates lots of heat. Add to this the ambient heat from the rising summer temperatures and your enclosure will start to reach a critical point of overheating without sufficient cooling. What would you do if the equipment that manages your production line - your PLCs, drives and controls - failed due to inadequate or inappropriate cooling? Can you afford to take the risk.”