Smart Engineering
and Production

Efficiency in panel building

Eplan – Rittal – Phoenix Contact

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Are you wondering how you can digitalize all processes in panel building?


What role do AutomationML, the digital nameplate, and the administration shell play?


How can we, the Smart Engineering and Production cooperation, support you in this?

About us

Challenges faced in panel building

Increasing digitalization, a shortage of skilled workers, and cost pressure: These challenges determine the present and future in controller and switchgear manufacturing. The focus is primarily on the question of how all process steps can be successfully networked digitally end to end. This is because only those who analyze and optimize their processes holistically can meet customer demands for short delivery times with consistent quality and customized production starting from a batch size of one. The goal is to reduce costs, shorten production times, and increase productivity.

That is precisely where we can help you. Let’s rise to the challenges together!

Six good reasons for Smart Engineering and Production

Expertise and experience

We are pooling the expertise of three leading solution providers in control cabinet building.

Data consistency

We provide standardized data and interfaces for your processes.

Holistic solutions

We supply a networked and optimally coordinated portfolio.

Individual consultation

We analyze your individual situation and identify optimization potential for you.

Acting with the future in mind

We work together to develop new solutions, tailored to market requirements, and based on joint committee work.

We are one!

Together with you, we are moving toward the control cabinet building of the future.

Our experts

The experts from the SEAP cooperation will be happy to advise you, specifically and without obligation, on how to align your processes in control cabinet building to the future.

Phoenix Contact

Andreas Schreiber

Vice President Industrial Cabinet Solutions


Jan-Henry Schall

Head of Technical Trainings & Rittal Innovation Center


Phillip Falkenhagen

Head of BO Rapid Design


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News and dates

EPLAN in Dialogue – SEAP: Pioneers for Product Data and Digital Twin

SEAP guest at EPLAN in Dialogue, live stream dated December 7, 2023: Learn about the importance of topics such as the administration shell, AML, the digital nameplate, and the digital twin in control-cabinet and switchgear engineering. Industry experts Dr. Frank Possel-Dölken, Uwe Scharf, and Sebastian Seitz discuss the latest concepts and the vision of SEAP. The video provides you with fascinating insights into the future of control-cabinet and switchgear engineering, and the digital transformation.

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Leveraging engineering efficiency (also) for production? That is SEAP!

SEAP guest in the “5 MINUTEN AUTOMATISIERUNG” SPS podcast: Significantly increasing efficiency in switchgear and control engineering is the task that the three companies Phoenix Contact, Rittal, and EPLAN have set themselves as part of the SEAP initiative. SEAP stands for Smart Engineering and Production and focuses on the specific benefits for users. Thomas Weichsel is Vice President Software Portfolio at EPLAN. In the current podcast, he explains how the existing and widely used standards Automation ML, ECLASS, and the Asset Administration Shell can be used for end-to-end production to ensure competitive production.

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“We are lost without data transparency”

What significance does data transparency have for the end-to-end digitalization of control cabinet building? Uwe Scharf, Managing Director responsible for Rittal’s IT and Industry Business Units and Marketing, Sebastian Seitz, CEO of EPLAN Cideon, and Dr. Frank Possel-Dölken, CDO of Phoenix Contact, explain this in conversation with A&D.

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