Control Panels 101
Control panel design always starts with a set of a few basic, but essential, questions. The most important design decision to consider early on is where the panel will be installed. Location is everything when it comes to panel design. The answer determines how you will protect your panel, optimal mounting procedures, and more. Below we’ve shared a few key aspects of design to consider before constructing your control panels and beginning production.
The most common external threats to consider as you design your control panel includes solid objects, water, and explosive chemicals/gases, thus requiring explosion proof protection. Building your control panel to the highest protection standards sounds ideal but requires complex design, along with high costs. If you don’t need a high level of protection, it may be more cost efficient for you to take a simpler route. Always design with your final use environment in mind. Doing so will help you clearly define your goals for your system.
The most common installation location for small distribution boards is fixed to a wall. Large, heavy cabinets are usually fixed to a floor so that cables can enter from the top and bottom of the unit. Sometimes the control panel is mounted directly onto the machinery, so the entire unit is easy to move. A movable panel is rare, and a caster or skid is usually attached at the bottom.
Planning Cable Entry
Most panels require numerous cables and busways to run applications efficiently. Busways are used as power entries, linking the cabinet to the transformer. The power cables will carry the main supply of power to motors and other pieces of equipment. Control and command cables extend to sensors and other minimum power sources.
Control Panel Connectivity & Productivity
Solutions that improve control panel construction, engineering, and testing are now more readily available than ever. Now, device-level wiring systems give engineers the power to rethink traditional control panel layouts. Designers can create modular, compact, and flexible control systems easily while providing advanced user diagnostics for commissioning and maintenance.
Do you want more Elite Controls information about designing your control panel and the future of panel connectivity? Contact Elite Controls today to chat with on of our control panel experts. Our team’s mission is to provide you with robust control systems and enhance overall performance for ultimate efficiency.