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Rittal and ABB Enhance Global Partnership to Drive Digitalization in Industrial Applications

Rittal and ABB provide industrial-grade edge data center solutions
for industrial customers who need to deploy robust IT capacity close to
their operations.

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rittal is committed to its global strategic partnership with ABB to
provide edge data center solutions for industrial organizations.
Rittal’s collaboration with ABB on secure edge data centers continues to
grow, including through the annual ABB Customer World event in Houston.

The strategic partnership covers various solutions and services
including those for uninterruptible power supply (UPS), secure edge data
center solutions with fire protection, edge data centers for OEM
manufacturers, scalable modular data centers as well as new power
container solutions.

These prefabricated and resilient data center solutions – such as the
recently launched Secure Edge Data Center (SEDC) with Hewlett Packard
Enterprise (HPE) – are purpose-built for harsh industrial environments
to help digitalize operations, which will allow customers to run
enterprise-grade IT in close proximity to their operational technology
environments, machines and equipment to enable low-latency, secure and
reliable digital processes.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with ABB and HPE to deliver a
cost-effective and resilient secure edge data center solution that can
operate in harsh, uncontrolled environments where IT applications were
not originally intended to operate,” said Mike Freund, managing director
for the U.S. at Rittal. “This partnership allows customers to roll in a
complete data center solution that can easily scale in size or be
replicated globally for a consistent user experience.”

As a global organization, Rittal prides itself on its progressive
approach to engineering. Rittal North America’s manufacturing center of
excellence facility in Urbana, Ohio, consists of more than a
half-million square feet of space to ensure that customers’ production
and stocking requirements are fully met.

Rittal’s and ABB’s global strategic alliance was originally announced at
DataCloud Europe 2018. Based on their proven partnership in the
uninterruptible power distribution business, both companies aim to
expand their solutions approach for modular, secure and
high-availability data center infrastructure, primarily in North and
South America, Asia and Europe.

Leveraging the joint global network of sales, engineering and service
teams of both companies ABB and Rittal focus on the conception and
development of modern data centers and edge computing. Rittal and ABB
have a history of successful collaboration on projects including the
implementation of a new data center at a European airport, establishing
a maximum-security and high-efficiency data center for colocation
services in a decommissioned mine.

“ABB has supplied UPS systems and electrical distribution solutions to
Rittal for some time already and both companies agreed to deepen their
partnership on an international level to support their growth strategies
in the last few years,” said Lara Cortinovis, global product group
manager power protection at ABB. “Rittal not only deploys ABB UPS
systems as part of their data center solutions but also leverages local
ABB services to strengthen sales activities and services in local

Modern edge data centers are essential for data-driven economies, where
the Internet of Things are generating a massive amount of data. An edge
data center brings IT capacity closer to the place of data generation to
enable low-latency, secure and reliable digital processes needed for
many Industry 4.0 scenarios.

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in
electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and
power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport &
infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning
more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial
digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity
from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural
resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully
electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the
boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB
operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. For
more information, visit abb.com.

About Rittal

Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Germany, is a leading global provider
of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate
control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Systems
made by Rittal can be found in more than 90 percent of all global
branches of industry, including mechanical and plant engineering, food
and beverage production and in IT and telecommunications.

The wide range of products from the global market leader includes
configurable enclosures, whose data is available throughout the entire
production process. Intelligent Rittal cooling solutions with up to 75
percent lower energy and CO2 consumption can communicate with
the production environment and enable predictive maintenance and service
concepts. Innovative IT solutions ranging from IT racks and modular data
centers through to edge and hyperscale computing solutions all form part
of the portfolio.

Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon complement the value chain,
providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal
Automation Systems offer automation systems for switchgear construction.
Rittal delivers within 24 hours in Germany – precisely as needed,
flexibly and efficiently. Founded in Herborn in 1961, Rittal is the
largest member company in the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. The
group is a highly successful global player, with 18 production sites and
80 international subsidiaries. It has approximately 11,500 employees and
posted revenues of €2.5 billion in fiscal 2017.

About Rittal North America

Rittal North America LLC provides innovative, high-quality solutions
built to integrate into your equipment and applications. Products are
tested and certified to the appropriate standards that apply, including
UL, CSA, IEC, ATEX and others. For more information, visit rittal.us.

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Situated on a Midwest 105-acre campus, Rittal North America’s
manufacturing facility is filled with state-of-the-art equipment and
processes, and contains in-house engineering and modification services,
as well as the longest non-automotive paint line in North America,
stretching more than 3 miles within the confines of the factory.


Secure Edge Data Centers are prefabricated, resilient data center
solutions, built for harsh industrial environments developed through
Rittal’s and ABB’s collaborations with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Agency Contact:
Rachel Kerstetter
[email protected]