Pentair Boosts Its Enclosure Capabilities

Nov. 21, 2014
Pentair has agreed to acquire German company Steinhauer Elektromaschinen, enhancing the service offering of its Hoffman brand of enclosures.

Pentair has made a move to add to its enclosure business, which has for decades centered around its previous Hoffman and Schroff acquisitions. Now the company has agreed to purchase Steinhauer Elektromaschinen, a German producer of enclosure machining and related technologies, which will further enhance Pentair’s Hoffman brand by expanding service capabilities.

Steinhauer provides tools for customers to design and select the right electrical protection solutions for their applications and automate the panel-building process. With Steinhauer technology, Hoffman customers will be able to make onsite enclosure modifications that will help reduce labor-intensive manual work, increase overall productivity, and enable faster delivery of solutions to end users.

“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 introduced its ModCenter enclosure machining center and other related technologies this week at Rockwell’s Automation Fair 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.

The ModCenter can accommodate a wide range of global enclosure dimensional standards. It offers programmed automated modifications for a variety of materials, including mild carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, die cast aluminum, copper, or any machinable composite materials, including PVC, polycarbonate, thermoplastic and fiberglass. It also features easy-to-use, onsite software that integrates seamlessly with industry-standard CAD DXF files.

Steinhauer also 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 at Steinhauer. “Together with the Hoffman brand of enclosures, we can redefine the way panel shops and integrators create custom enclosure solutions.”

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

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Aaron Hand | Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World

Aaron Hand has three decades of experience in B-to-B publishing with a particular focus on technology. He has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013, much of that time as Executive Editor for Automation World, where he focused on continuous process industries. Prior to joining ProFood World full time in late 2020, Aaron worked as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, reporting for all publications on a wide variety of industry developments, including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, and industrial automation. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of ProFood World in 2021. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

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