Interview August 27, 2018
“We Were Able to Do 90 Percent of the Groundwork.”

Planning offices define clear requirements for wiring lights in new buildings. One example of this is lighting systems wired with pluggable installation. When a project entails a large quantity of lights, as is the case in functional buildings, it should be easy for the end user to exchange defective lights. This is where WAGO's pluggable installation is especially convincing. Sebastian Keilbach, Project Manager at Sauter, describes his experience with the WINSTA® Pluggable Connection System.

After the wide-span cable tray frame with WINSTA® wiring was assembled on the floor, a forklift and lift platform were used to raise it eight meters to the ceiling and install it.

What was the last project you realized with WINSTA®?

This was done at a current major project in Graben Neudorf, a town in Baden Württemberg, Germany. Our company was primarily responsible for the energy management solution in a new building there. We also took part in installing the lighting in the building.

Was this the first project you implemented with a pluggable connector system?

Yes – but as a WAGO Solution Provider, we are already in close contact with the company and is products. Plus, using pluggable installation technology for the lamp system was a requirement in this project. This is why we decided on WINSTA®.

Once we got to the ceiling, all that remained was to plug in the connections.

Sebastian Keilbach, Project Manager at Sauter

What were the exact applications?

In one industrial hall, we installed plug-in connections for lighting in a wide-span cable tray frame at a ceiling height of eight meters. In that project, over 600 lights were connected.

What were your main reasons for using the WINSTA® Pluggable Connection System for your electrical installation?

The fact we could do 90 percent of the assembly work on the floor before mounting the components on the ceiling was a significant gain. During the pre-assembly, we laid WINSTA® cables in wide-span cable trays. Once we got to the ceiling, all that remained was to plug in the connections. Not only did the ready-made plug-in connections minimize our assembly effort; the risk of mismating was also reduced. The precisely calculated cable lengths brought savings effects on materials. Yet another plus: With the pluggable cabling, now final installation is completed more easily and much faster.

Not only did the ready-made plug-in connections minimize our assembly effort; the risk of mismating was also reduced.

Sebastian Keilbach, Project Manager at Sauter

Will you use a pluggable installation again for similar projects in the future?l

Yes. The system is a good choice for many applications, especially since the installation can be thoroughly planned in advance. Functional building construction in particular involves recurring and repetitive mating cycles. Here, wire lengths can be easily and clearly determined ahead of time. This is where a pre-assembled system solution definitely makes sense, because it cuts down both our assembly times and wiring mistakes.

Mr. Keilbach, thank you for the conversation.

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