Control cabinet construction[Sponsored]

Automation in cable confection - Simple. Flexible. Efficient.

CAE data can be easily transferred from the planning stage to the WPC. The software has filter functions and has access to data from various projects. This ensures optimum processing of the assembly steps.
CAE data can be easily transferred from the planning stage to the WPC. The software has filter functions and has access to data from various projects. This ensures optimum processing of the assembly steps. (Bild: Weidmüller)

The Wire Processing Center (WPC) from Weidmüller is designed to make control cabinet construction as simple and flexible as possible. This semi-automated solution for cable assembly significantly accelerates time-consuming mechanical assembly and wiring.

The construction of control cabinets often constitutes a bottleneck in the manufacturing chain. Cable assembly, wiring and marking are still among the most time-consuming activities in this area. Although there are fully automated systems for mass production, they are often not suitable for the project handling of control cabinet manufacturers or are not profitable due to relatively small production volumes. As a result, manufacturers have to resort to conventional tools.

Perfect execution of a wide range of assembly tasks

This is exactly where Weidmüller's Wire Processing Center (WPC) comes in. Designed to meet the specific requirements of control cabinet manufacturers, this system combines perfectly matched components that can also be placed on a mobile workbench. The compact workstation can therefore be positioned anywhere, as required. There is no need to improvise in front of the control cabinet or to constantly move between the assembly station and the workplace.

The Wire Processing Center (WPC) from Weidmüller. The software-controlled, semi-automated cable assembly considerably accelerates the process and at the same time ensures the highest quality standards.
The Wire Processing Center (WPC) from Weidmüller. The software-controlled, semi-automated cable assembly considerably accelerates the process and at the same time ensures the highest quality standards. (Bild: Weidmüller)

The WPC consists of an automatic cutting machine, an automatic stripping and crimping machine as well as a thermal transfer printer for the cable markers. Moreover, cable feed systems for cable reels are available directly at the WPC. Alternatively, upstream systems can be used to supply materials, e.g. large cardboard boxes. A shelving system for the storage of consumables is also included. The WPC can process conductor cross-sections ranging between 0.5 mm2 and 2.5 mm2 (~ AWG 20 - 14).

Transparency and error reduction through digital data consistency

The upstream planning software WPC-Tool is used to provide in the assembly data, giving the planner complete flexibility. Data can be read directly from EPLAN or CSV files, but it can also be entered manually. This data can be transferred directly from the planning software to the WPC via the company's own network or alternatively via a USB stick.

At the WPC the user navigates through the complete assembly process using an intuitive interface which ensures the correct execution of individual work steps. This semi-automated cable assembly and the simultaneous execution of individual process steps reduces time expenditure by up to 80 percent compared to manual processes. The user only has to plug in the markers and insert the conductor ends into the crimping machine, which is controlled by the software and automatically adjusted to the respective conductor cross-section. In this way, operating errors are avoided.

The 15" touch screen display provides a clear overview of all orders. Filter functionalities ensure that, for example, orders with a certain conductor cross-section can be processed successively without the need to change reels. However, the user can also remove individual components from the process sequence if, for example, the marking is only to be carried out later directly on the control cabinet.

Flexibility in day-to-day business enables the realisation of optimisation potentials

The Wire Processing Center offers additional flexibility in that all components can also be used in their individual functions in stand-alone mode. Short-term changes, which often occur in the project business, can be made directly at the WPC. At any time, the user can change flexibly between purely manual operation and highly automated processes.

The Wire Processing Center can be individually adapted to the workstation and integrated into existing structures. If initially only individual components (machine or printer) are used in production, the other WPC system components can be easily added at any time. The chassis also offers additional connection options such as USB, mains and compressed air.

Automation in cable assembly - minimise errors, increase efficiency

processes in cable preassembly and thus realise the maximum potential for optimisations and savings in installation. All of this is possible at a fraction of the cost of fully automated solutions. The software-controlled, semi-automated cable assembly accelerates the process considerably and at the same time ensures the highest quality standards.

Further information on the possibilities offered by modern control cabinet construction can be found on Weidmüller's website under WPC.

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