Basic features of industrial control panels
An industrial control panel consists of both power circuits and control circuits, or one of either. The control panel sends signals which independently control the performance of the equipment, but does not contain the main power system nor does it enclose the actual equipment. Industrial control panels generally require minimal maintenance and require certain safety regulations to ensure the safety of those working with and around them.
The sizing of an industrial control panel completely depends on the available space. The enclosure of the control system needs to be determined based on the intended environment and conditions in which the system will operate. Once you measure the location where you want your control system to go, you can choose an appropriate enclosure for it. You also need to allow space for installation and wiring of the control panel.
Make sure you are aware of the swing requirements of cabinet doors, and allow enough room for test carts to roll through the area to avoid any hidden costs during the operation for the industrial control panels.
Since control panels are often placed near processing areas, the location of the system can get quite warm – which is often not the optimum condition for them to work well. You may need to consider installing a ventilation fan or air conditioning within the cabinet to keep the system cool and prevent the risk of overheating or electrical fires. Other circumstances could mean that a dehumidifier is required – for easy installation it is recommended that you located exhaust vents for easy filter placement.
Cooling and heating systems require a certain amount of maintenance to ensure that they are working properly, to prevent the system from overheating. Larger control panels will require regular tests of all equipment and appliances such as vacuums, to ensure everything is working as it should. Industrial control panels involve a lot of wiring and extension cords which create a risk of electrical fires – tests and checks should be performed often to prevent this.
The features of good workmanship on an industrial control panel are wires neatly bundled instead of tangled and cluttered, run in gutters or similar supports and all terminals, wires and components specifically labelled with no margin for error. Good labelling will save time during tests, maintenance work and repairs, and wires performing functions should be kept separate to reduce troubleshooting time.
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