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Customer application 19 November, 2018
Move the Lever and You’re Done

Intuitive Operation and Time Savings at SPIE Buchmann GmbH with WAGO Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks with Levers
Click, clack – the lever opens and shuts over and over again. No wonder Gerhard-Peter Adams, authorized representative and deputy managing director of SPIE Buchmann GmbH, and his colleague Maximilian Scherf, technical advisor in the Control Cabinet Manufacturing division, get excited about new technology like WAGO’s new TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks with levers, which they began using recently. Intuitive operation, far fewer errors on the construction site and significant time savings – these are only some of the benefits that occur to Maximilian Scherf of using the new rail-mount terminal blocks. The two electrical experts explain the changes that TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks will bring for SPIE Buchmann in the future.

Everyone knows how to move a lever – no tool is necessary, and wiring proceeds much more quickly.

The Electrical Industry as a Trailblazer: Enormous Progress in Just a Short Time

In the entryway at SPIE Buchmann GmbH, electrical components from long ago stand on both sides. They are no longer used these days; they are rather of a symbolic nature – a kind of bridge between the past and future – since, as part of their training, young employees should also see what the technology looked like 50, 60 or 70 years ago, emphasizes Gerhard-Peter Adams.

SPIE Buchmann GmbH’s customer base has also been shaped by the past. Since the company was established in 1954, it has undergone growth in many different areas: from industry to public contracts, from medium-voltage technology to large installation projects, all the way to extra-low voltage systems. SPIE Buchmann GmbH, with locations in Illingen and Losheim am See in Saarland and Kaiserslautern in Rhineland-Palatinate, currently has just under 200 employees at the Illingen location, in areas ranging from power engineering and large installation projects to extra-low voltage systems, fire alarm systems and video monitoring systems.

As nostalgic as the collection in the entryway may appear, the company believes in always looking forward to the future. SPIE Buchmann employee Maximal Scherf is particularly open to new ideas and places great value on further education. He started as an installer in control cabinet manufacturing; two years ago, he was promoted to the Planning, Dimensioning and Product Implementation department.

The future and progress are two key concepts for this technical advisor in general.

“The electrical trade is currently evolving and undergoing enormous progress in just a brief period of time – there are various interesting directions for further education. One part of this change is the WAGO Rail-Mount Terminal Block TOPJOB® S with lever,” says Maximilian Scherf.

And the reason why will be come clear soon ...

» The electrical trade is currently evolving and undergoing enormous progress in just a brief period of time – there are various interesting directions for further education. One part of this change is the WAGO Rail-Mount Terminal Block TOPJOB® S with lever. «

Maximilian Scherf, SPIE Buchmann GmbH

A Clever Combination: Cost-Effectiveness and Resource-Efficiency

Speed is often essential at construction sites, especially as the volume of orders steadily increases. However, speed and the use of external staff also increase the frequency of errors. “The most convincing advantage of the new WAGO TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Block with lever is that various connections can be reconnected in significantly less time,” adds Maximilian Scherf. Many different customers have used the WAGO terminal block for many years for control cabinets, where connections change often.

A follow-up question:
How did the new WAGO TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks actually end up getting used?

The first time Scherf held the new WAGO TOPJOB S Rail-Mount Terminal Block in his hand, it reminded him immediately of the 221 Terminal Block, which has been very popular for applications in buildings for several years. “And now this popularity is carrying over to the control cabinet,” says Scherf. Another advantage is that the WAGO terminal block can also be connected without any tools. Adams knows that that is an enormous advantage for the installers as well, since they can immediately grasp how to handle the rail-mount terminal blocks.

The projects where the new WAGO TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks come into play involve control cabinets for a large automotive supplier. In these, SPIE Buchmann optimizes the lighting of the production halls, in connection with the WAGO lighting management PFC. The application involves multiple DALI signals that have to be wired.

TOPJOB® S with Lever, Installed in the Control Cabinet

“Move the Lever and You’re Done”

The advantages of the new WAGO terminal block are clear: Everyone knows how to move a lever – no tool is necessary, and wiring proceeds much more quickly. Maximilian Scherf also reports that the projects can be concluded more quickly and efficiently. Since the volume of orders is growing more and more, this is an important competitive edge on the market, since the customer is charged for fewer hours of work. In industrial applications, this allows lighting controls, as well as larger machines, to be connected in significantly less time. In the public sector, it covers the entirety of building wiring. In short: “We’re very excited about the WAGO products. We can make very good use of them,” concludes Maximilian Scherf.



Author: Lena Kalmer, Communication Manager, WAGO

Advantages for Speed and Quality

The team at SPIE Buchmann in Losheim (Saarland) tested the WAGO TOPJOB® S Rail-Mount Terminal Blocks with levers in the field – and discovered their advantages for speed and quality. Their colleagues report on their experiences in the video.

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