Learning from plants – plants are the basis of all life on earth: without plants, humans and animals would not have the oxygen to breathe. However, plants form not only the roots of the world, they are a signpost for the future of humankind and innovative product ideas. In their adaptation to changing environmental conditions and their ability to create robust structures, plants have so far shown themselves to be superior to all technical solutions – and therefore provide researchers with role models and sources of inspiration in the search for concepts for the sustainable development of our planet.
Bamboo is durable, versatile and easy to cut and connect, and yet is a very capable load-bearing construction material. The speed at which it grows and cost of procurement are also important factors in why bamboo is so interesting to the construction industry, where it is used for scaffolding. These scaffolds are transported to site as individual lengths of bamboo and then tied together by rope. When no longer required, they are dismantled into their individual lengths and taken to the next site.
INTELLIGENT CABLE ROUTEING SYSTEM
With its new VARiOX trunking system, PFLITSCH brings an installation solution suitable for all standard machine-making, plant engineering and electrical applications onto the international market. Trunking layouts to suit your individual requirements can be quickly and easily configured and installed using a concise range of system components and the innovative VARiOX quick-release connector.
The new VARiOX incorporates a host of smart ideas: optimised wall thickness ensures the trunking is light but keeps its shape, which means it is easier to handle during installation. It can be quickly and easily assembled to create the required trunking layout without the use of special tools: the predrilled trunking bodies and accessory fittings are simple to fit together into a complete trunking layout with the multifunctional VARiOX quick-release connectors. Thanks to the clever way the VARiOX quick-release connector inverts, VARiOX trunking can also be screwed together and combined with e.g. parts from the Industrial-Trunking range. To connect VARiOX trunking with accessory fittings, the quick release connector can be simply bent to the required angle by hand.
The VARiOX quick-release connector can also be used as a tool to twist the connecting nibs exactly as required. A secure mechanical connection of the trunking components is ensured in every case. Another special feature is the self-engaging cover: its special shape allows it to be simply clipped onto the trunking body. It can be removed again at any time without the use of tools to open the trunking for any modifications to the cable installation.
The new VARiOX trunking system – for applications where the need for cost efficiency is ranked alongside quality and flexibility
Versatile and flexible
An innovative trunking system with a manageable level of component diversity – consisting of various sizes and accessory fittings – to which components from the PFLITSCH Industrial-Trunking range can be added at any time
Innovative quick-release connector
The VARiOX quick-release connector cleverly inverts to allow snap-in or screwed assembly of trunking components. The quick-release connector can also be used as a tool
Quick and easy installation using the VARiOX quick-release connector and self-engaging cover. Simple to cut and shape using PFLITSCH tools and machine tools
The concise yet comprehensive system is extremely efficient to design, easy to handle and install, which results in particularly high cost-efficiency
Tested quality, certified in accordance with VDE standards
The VARiOX modular system cannot fail to impress: its compatibility provides for a wide range of fields of application and offers the customer the greatest possible flexibility.
MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
The machinery and equipment industry sets many different and extremely high requirements with respect to the components and parts used in its systems. These industries develop, design and manufacture machinery that goes on to be used in a wide field of different applications. This includes not only motors, driven machinery and mechanical tools but also conveyor systems. Projects in this industry involve the design and manufacture of individual machine components, complex processing systems right up to complete production lines. In order to supply the individual machine components with energy as well as control and regulation data signals, all sorts of cables ranging from thick energy cables to delicate fibre-optic cables have to be routed through the machine along trunking. Trunking for this industry must be strong and stiff, vibration resistant, installer friendly and allow the quick and easy placement of cables.
PFLITSCH designed VARiOX trunking specially for machinery and equipment industry, where the cable layout routes are often long: this basic trunking system with only 42 system parts delivers the desired variability and cost effectiveness. For ease of installation, it is difficult to beat this system, with its VARiOX quick-release connector, which makes assembling individual trunking components a very quick operation. The VARiOX system components can be screwed together to make the installation more resistant to vibration. Optimised wall thicknesses make the trunking lightweight and yet resistant to deformation.
A clever and time-saving system. The self-engaging cover means VARiOX trunking can be opened over its complete length, e.g. if the cable installation requires to be modified later.
With the introduction of digitalisation, automation is now to be found in almost all technical industries. Automated systems are able to perform tasks or resolve problems of a constant or varying nature without human intervention. The performance of tasks or resolution of problems can be regarded as objectives to be achieved in automation.
The key technology in achieving these objectives is electronic data processing with re-occurring sequences of functions. Trends appearing in the context of Industry 4.0 indicate that automated processes can also be used to create one-off, customer-specific or small batch series products. The automated process flow on these machines requires to be appropriately controlled. Monitoring, control and regulation of processes are core areas of automation.
They require a host of different cables to provide energy, signals and data to the installed sensors and actuators. Automation uses a wide range of cable volumes right down to single cables, which all have to be safely and reliably routed.
PFLITSCH can accommodate the requirements of automation with the VARiOX-Trunking system. It is lightweight and keeps its shape. Available in four practical widths, the trunking – thanks to the snap-on cover – allows optical fibre cables to be laid just as easily as energy cables in the trunking and safely routed through the processing equipment. The VARiOX range is kept extremely manageable by having only 42 trunking components and accessory fittings, which reduces logistics costs. Edge protection and other trunking details can be incorporated by use in combination with Industrial-Trunking components.
The VARIOX modular system is designed so that as many of the conceivable different configurations as possible can be covered by standard products. At the same time, the system can satisfy customer-specific requirements. The key feature is compatibility with PFLITSCH Industrial-Trunking. The system is therefore capable of offering customers the greatest possible flexibility in trunking layout design.
Michael Friebel – Project manager Research and Development
With VARIOX, PFLITSCH is confidently pointing the way forward and offering a cable routeing system with a manageable range of components, which impresses customers with its high flexibility gained from the many combination possibilities.
Thorsten Brandes – Product manager
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