The next generation of front-panel configurators
Easily configure front panels and generate 3D drawings
STRAUBENHARDT –The newest 3D configurator from Pentair Schroff is now available. The state-ofthe-art
user interface retains the same look and feel as the Novastar configurator that was released at
the end of 2016, and offers new features including a drag and drop function to easily configure front
panels and generate 3D drawings. In addition, 3D CAD drawings, bills of materials, quotations, and
graphics are generated in real time, make the configurator a valuable tool for design engineers.
Registration is not required for configuring front panels, but it is an option that enables users to save
their work. Configuration can be started with a preconfigured front panel from the product catalog
which can then be modified to meet specific requirements. Or the user can configure customized
front panels starting with the choice of a front panel type—with handle, without handle or hinged.
After entering the desired dimensions, the shape of the front panel (U profile or flat, with or without a
side groove), the required EMC shielding and the kind of surface coating is specified. The front panel,
once specified, can be dragged and dropped into the configuration area. This is also where other
configuration steps are displayed graphically. Brief text instructions in the configuration menu give
the user concise instructions for how to proceed. Next the user can select the desired fastening
material, printing and colors, and size and position of customized or predefined cutouts. The
configured front panel can be delivered fully assembled or as individual parts.
Real-time validation ensures the front panel can be manufactured. As the front panel is configured, a
3D model is created and can be viewed at any time. The bill of materials is created automatically and
can be displayed or hidden. If a part is deleted from the bill of materials, it also disappears from the
model in the configuration area and vice versa. If the front panel is completely configured, the 2D or
3D CAD data can be generated by the configurator and uploaded into a CAD system. It is also possible
to create a 3D PDF data sheet that includes graphics and the bill of materials.
If the user registered before configuring the front panel, the configuration is saved in the user profile
and can be reused. The configuration is stored and automatically transferred to the online shopping
cart at schroff.pentair.com using the “Create CAD and complete configuration” menu item. For all
standard parts, the front panel is sent out after three days