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Pentair to purchase Steinhauer

Pentair has signed an agreement to purchase Steinhauer Elektromaschinen AG of Germany, a producer of enclosure machining and related technologies.

The planned acquisition will enhance Pentair’s brand of Hoffman equipment protection solutions by expanding its services capabilities to provide tools for customers to design and select the right electrical protection solutions for their applications and automate the panel-building process.

The terms of the planned acquisition were not announced and closing of the transaction, currently expected to occur in the first quarter of 2015, is subject to certain regulatory and other approvals and reviews.

With Steinhauer technology, Hoffman customers will have the additional benefit of onsite enclosure modification capabilities that will help reduce labour-intensive manual work, increase overall productivity and, more importantly, enable them to deliver a complete solution to end users much more quickly.

“With the addition of Steinhauer to the Pentair family, Hoffman will be able to better serve our customers with a new solution that reduces customer lead time and increases their productivity,” said Alok Maskara, president, Pentair Technical Solutions. “From modifying one-off panels to performing complex modifications, the Steinhauer ModCenter provides efficient, quality solutions for our enclosures.”

Steinhauer is introducing its ModCenter enclosure machining center and other related technologies this week at the Rockwell Automation Fair, November 19-20 in Anaheim, Calif. Designed to incorporate up to 21 precision machining tools, the ModCenter automates all the drilling, tapping, milling and processing steps required for enclosure modifications—significantly reducing labour-intensive manual work and increasing overall productivity.

The ModCenter is a versatile solution when it comes to accommodating a range of global enclosure dimensional standards. The machine offers programmed automated modifications for a variety of materials, including mild carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, die cast aluminium, copper, or any machineable composite materials including PVC, polycarbonate, thermoplastic and fibreglass.

It also features onsite software that integrates seamlessly with industry-standard CAD DXF files that ensures precise holes and cutouts.

In addition to the capabilities of the ModCenter, Steinhauer offers other automation solutions for panel shops, integrators and OEMs, including a Personal Wiring Assistant for reduced wiring time, NC-Cut machines for exact cutting of panel components, and ergonomic enclosure integration fixtures for adaptable and safe working conditions.

“We are looking forward to joining the Pentair family,” said Hermann Nagel, senior executive officer, Steinhauer. “Together with the Hoffman brand of enclosures, we can redefine the way panel shops and integrators create custom enclosure solutions.”

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