About us

Smart Engineering and Production – brief outline

Who are we? We are your number one contact for increasing efficiency and productivity in control cabinet building. Benefit from the combined expertise of three technology leaders.

  • Eplan (engineering software)

  • Rittal (control cabinet system technology)

  • Phoenix Contact (electrical and automation technology)

Shaping the future together?

Our work aims to prepare you – the players in control cabinet building – for the future in the best possible way. How? We ensure that you always have the latest technologies for end-to-end digitalization and automation at hand.

Think about tomorrow today: What will control cabinet building look like in 2030? What technologies will be used then, what technologies are already available today, firstly to prepare for the future and secondly to gain competitive advantages in the here and now? These are questions that concern the SEAP cooperation – and which we answer in a specific and practical way.

As part of our work together, we always keep an eye on the practice of control cabinet builders as well as those using machines and systems in automation technology. We continuously exchange ideas with shared customers. After all, everyone should benefit from labor-saving devices, innovations, and new technological approaches.

This work is made easier by an open and standardized data model that corresponds to the real control cabinet at all times in terms of a digital twin. The data model of the administration shell underpins everything and we are actively helping to shape its implementation and further development.

Specifically, the Smart Engineering and Production (SEAP) initiative uses the latest tools and future-oriented standards such as AutomationML, ECLASS Advanced, and the concept of the administration shell. The digital nameplate also plays a role in this context. To consistently standardize control cabinet building, all tools are connected and networked. The software solutions from our portfolio (e.g., EPLAN Electric P8 and clipx ENGINEER) are also networked.

We are happy to share with our dialog partners throughout the industry the solutions we have tested and the knowledge we have garnered: in committee and association work, at trade fairs and congresses, but especially when sharing knowledge with you, our customers, and – most importantly – in individual consultation. Together, we are shaping the future of control cabinet building across company boundaries.

Join us on our journey into the future!

If you are just as interested in competitiveness and process optimization in control and switchgear manufacturing as we are, then come and talk to us. We will be happy to advise you and look forward to sharing ideas with you.

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S mart

From planning to servicing on the finished control cabinet: We offer intelligent, innovative, and networked solutions throughout the entire process chain.

E ngineering

From standardized item data to the complete digital twin: We offer solutions for end-to-end and efficient engineering.

A nd

From users and suppliers to external services and developers: We offer all those involved a collaborative access to the digital data to accelerate your processes.

P roduction

From hand tools to fully automatic systems: We offer the right solution for every step of your production.

Smart Engineering and Production is the essential key that safeguards the competitiveness of our customers in switchgear engineering. In this respect, our goal is to make a seamless solution available to our customers, from engineering right through to innovative production systems.


Eplan provides software and service solutions in the fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering. The company develops one of the world’s leading design software solutions for machine and panel builders. Both standardised as well as customised interfaces to ERP and PLM/PDM systems ensure data consistency along the whole value chain. Eplan was founded in 1984 and is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group.

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Rittal is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Together with Eplan, Rittal optimizes the customer's entire value chain in control and switchgear manufacturing. The companies are part of the Friedhelm Loh Group, which generated revenues of €3 billion 2022 with more than 12,000 employees and more than 95 subsidiaries worldwide.

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Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact offers innovative products, solutions and digitalization expertise for the electrification, networking, and automation of all sectors of the economy and infrastructure. The family-run company empowers industry and society to transform into a sustainable world with long-term growth prospects for everyone. Today, Phoenix Contact employs around 21,000 people worldwide, with sales of €3.4 billion in 2023.

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