TraceParts and nVent – From Digital to Reality

Presentation at electronica 2018.

Saint-Romain, France, December 18, 2018 – nVent SCHROFF has a series of coordinated services that simplify and speed up the digital workflow from selection to delivery of SCHROFF products. Now when users search for products on such as electronic cabinets, enclosures, and PCB accessories, they are consistently provided with necessary support in a variety of ways.

Customers and interested parties were able to impressively convince themselves of the performance of the nVent 3D drag and drop configurators, which were developed in collaboration with TraceParts.


On picture: electronica 2018 – from left side Mr Franck Perrot, Global Process Manager nVENT, Mr Thomas Gutmann, project manager TraceParts. In the background, the 3D drag and drop configurator and 3D printer for test components.


This starts with the search function on the nVent SCHROFF website, which has been updated to create a more user-friendly experience. The product pages have additional filters with technical characteristics of products so visitors can narrow down the product search and ensure they are viewing products for their specific application.

There is also the option of directly comparing the technical characteristics of two similar products, which helps customers choose the right standard product for their requirements. If customers need to further adapt the product they find by making modifications, they can use corresponding product configurators and then integrate drill holes, recesses, labels, select colors, or swap entire components and accessories.

The configurators also enable a product to be customized from the bottom up, without basing it on a standard product. If desired, customers can receive support from a chat partner right from the start. As soon as a customer starts using the website, a window opens at the bottom right of the browser for a live chat with an expert who answers questions and provides additional help for selecting a suitable product.

When customers find their product and have selected their country, the local list price and availability are displayed—without any registration. This is also true for the shopping cart and for standard products as well as for most configured or modified products.

After customers with an activated account log in, they will immediately receive their customer-specific prices. In addition, the CAD data for the product will promptly be made available in over 30 native 2D and 3D formats. That way, when developers and project managers are researching a product, they obtain all the information important to them for quickly turning their project into reality. One of the download formats provided is an STL format.

It supplies the geometrical information of three dimensional data models for creating a model with a 3D printer. Customers have the option of producing a model themselves for test purposes, using their own 3D printer, or a 3D printer at nVent SCHROFF. If they use their own 3D printer, they receive the data at no cost; no license fees will be due.

In addition to the product configurators that are made available, a second option enables modifications such as recesses to be integrated into the standard product. For this option, customers load the selected standard product from the nVent SCHROFF website into their own CAD system.

They insert the desired modifications into this original data and then use the upload function on the nVent SCHROFF website. This loads the modified data back into the quotation structure for this configured product and ensures that all data required for the subsequent production is brought together in a project list and can be easily further processed.

Currently, we are working intensively on two final steps in the workflow so that, starting in early 2019, customers can also click a button to immediately receive a quotation. This quote will consist of all required information, including a rotatable 3D model as a PDF document so that immediate online ordering is also possible.


About enclosures

nVent offers a wide range of enclosures to accommodate key systems. Our enclosures are marketed under the nVent HOFFMAN and nVent SCHROFF brands and offer double protection. The SCHROFF brand offers an extensive portfolio of accessories for protecting printed circuit boards, such as card retainers, conduction-cooled board supports, front panels and handles, subracks, cases, backplanes, power supplies, cabinets and pre-assembled chassis for embedded computing systems as well as hardware management solutions. For further information, please visit


About nVent

nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connectors and protection solutions. We are convinced that our innovative electrical solutions enable safe systems and thereby make for a safer world. We design, produce, market, install, and maintain high-performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world’s most sensitive equipment, buildings, and critical processes. We provide an extensive range of enclosures, electrical connectors and fasteners, as well as thermal management solutions with several industry-leading brands that stand for quality, reliability, and innovation around the globe. Our main branch is located in the United Kingdom in London. Our management is in the United States in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands spans more than 100 years and encompasses nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER.


About TraceParts

TraceParts is one of the world’s leading providers of 3D digital content for Engineering. As part of the Trace Group founded in 1989, the company provides powerful web-based solutions, such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators.

TraceParts offers digital marketing services to help part vendors, 3D printing suppliers, software and computer hardware vendors promote their products and services and generate high-quality B2B sales leads.

The TraceParts portal is available free-of-charge to millions of CAD users worldwide. It provides access to hundreds of supplier catalogs and more than 100 Million CAD models and product datasheets that perfectly match the specific needs of Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes & operations.



TraceParts is one of the world’s leading CAD-content platforms for Engineering, Industrial Equipment and Machine Design. TraceParts brings highly targeted Lead Generation marketing services to hundreds of customers of all sizes and from all industries, via powerful cloud-based API and SaaS applications such as 3D part libraries, product catalogs and configurators.