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How Do You Know When to Upgrade Your Control System?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 20, 2017 8:08:00 AM

Industry 4.0, IoT, Digital factory, etc. are some of the concepts that are making headlines in today’s industrial world. Industries around the world are starting to make the shift, and understanding the benefits associated with these technologies, but a mass-upgrade still seems like a long shot. Why?

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Future Industry Trends

What is a VFD Control Panel?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 12, 2017 8:29:33 AM


Variable Frequency Drives form an essential part of any manufacturing plant. Its continuous operation is necessary for maintaining a plant’s output, and any failure results in a chain reaction, effectively bringing the entire industry to a standstill.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Motors & Drives

Five Questions to Ask When Selecting an Outsourcing Partner

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 7, 2017 10:12:35 AM

Outsourcing items not directly in your line of specialty can help ensure overall quality and reduce costs. But outsourcing is also the biggest possible vulnerability of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single little item can hold up the whole large project if the outsourcing contractor defaults in timely delivery. And a single small outsourced item can ruin the project if it does not have the requisite quality. The smallest glitch in timing, or quality can irreparably damage the reputation of the most established OEM.

So, should we stop outsourcing? No; sometimes it is the wisest course. Outsourcing is necessary, but with due caution. The following are some important questions you must answer about your prospective outsourcing contractor.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity, Quality

Noise Mitigation for Control Panels

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 6, 2017 3:18:44 PM

Electromagnetic Interference is a common phenomenon in a world which is embedded with electrical circuits. In a nutshell, EMI or Radio-frequency Interference is a disturbance that is generated by an external source like power lines, variable frequency drives, magnetic contactors, etc. effecting electrical circuits in its proximity.

With the increasing requirements for space saving control panels, the risk of Electromagnetic Interference is bound to increase, adding complexity to their designs & shielding techniques.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Quality

The Importance of Testing Your Motors

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 31, 2017 2:25:00 PM

Are you properly testing your motors?

The importance of motor insulation testing should not be pushed aside or neglected.  Making sure the insulation around the motor is still working efficiently is just as important as checking motors and testing their performance.  This insulation is susceptible to dirt, moisture, temperature, vapors, oil, and aging. However, if the insulation is not kept in good condition, it can cause motor failures, which is much more costly and damaging, then simply testing and taking care of the insulation itself. 

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Topics: Safety, Cost Savings, Quality

Increasing Treatment Capacity in Water/Wastewater

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Unnecessary Waste

Every year, the world discharges 2 million tons of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste, polluting waterways and directly killing 1.8 million children from waterborne diseases. This statement alone should be enough to encourage an effective framework for increasing a country’s capacity to treat wastewater for a healthier environment.

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Topics: Safety, Industrial Automation, Quality

Common OEM Outsourcing Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 16, 2017 9:54:52 AM

Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity, Quality

The Mobile HMI

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 10, 2017 8:04:57 AM

Human Machine Interface (HMI) is a core component of any SCADA or industrial automation system. Siemens is already an industry leader in all state-of-the-art smart technologies ranging from PLCs to Intelligent Drives to HMIs and supportive software.

Mobile HMI Panels are Siemens' way of implementing more performance, quality, scalability and reliability within an industrial environment. Available in two options, wired or wireless, Siemens Mobile HMI panels can provide an efficient monitoring and control platform in any corner of your area while cutting cabinet-space and other associated requirements of a full scale computer.

SIMATIC HMI Mobile Panels are built on the stability of SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels, and are primarily built for satisfying user demands of convenience and flexibility. However, no compromise has been made on either processing or graphics performance.

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Topics: HMI Panels

Three Issues to Look at in System Controls

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 3, 2017 9:24:23 AM

With new technology advancing the flow of data and connecting every machine with algorithms and sensors, there are so many new possibilities for improving production.  But what comes along with all these monitors, tracking systems, sensors, and devices?  Large amounts of data.  

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends

The Potential Future of PLC's

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 27, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Automation not only cuts costs and saves time but instills reliability and precision within the system that has immediate and long-term benefits. Today home automation or hobby projects often conjure images of teenagers working on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and PIC, but the true struggle to make industries and large-scale systems independent began more than five decades ago.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends

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