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Series Rated Panels: Perfect or Specific Solution?

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 24, 2018 11:45:39 AM

When it comes to electrical safety, circuit breakers are one of the first things to come to mind. It’s essentially a fail-safe that protects a system from overloading hazards and other electrical faults. However, the cost to design and build one can get quite high, especially as a circuit breaker’s current capacity increases. So how do owners, contractors, and others save money when purchasing circuit breakers?

When it comes to electrical panels, there are two terms to be familiar with: fully rated and series rated. Fully rated panels are breakers rated for the available fault current that is at the terminal of the breaker. These are the more expensive to make, especially as you get higher and higher in fault current.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Circuit Breaker

Low Voltage Control Market Growth

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 18, 2018 3:27:32 PM

Fast-paced industrialization and urbanization has contributed greatly to the rise of low voltage industrial controls in several industrial sectors. Industrial controls make up one of the most vibrant sectors because it is present and/or overlaps several other industry verticals. Advancement in technology and cost-effective production have all helped the low voltage control market to gain new heights.

Overall, the low voltage industrial controls market can be divided into three segments: products used in industrial controls, applications, and geography.

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Topics: control systems, Low Voltage

Why Connectivity to Controls Matters

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 10, 2018 9:47:22 AM

Humans have naturally looked upon and solved problems using a three-stage process: sense, think and act. For instance, whenever humans encounter something as simple as cloudy weather, they sense impending rainfall, think about taking shelter, and ultimately do so by taking abode under anything with a roof.  All these steps take no input from others and rely solely on the person’s own capabilities.

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Topics: Industrial Automation, control systems

Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 3, 2018 1:23:41 PM

Control enclosure have slowly but surely taken over industrial plant floors, providing safe & secure housing for electronics, process control equipment, drives and PLCs. NEMA rated enclosures have become a norm in the automation world as the thermal management of the enclosed equipment became more significant and vital.

Industries as we all know it are harsh places, with the looming threat of varying temperatures, fluid spills and gas discharges. In the face of such harsh environments, NEMA cabinets provide perfect protection for sensitive electronics equipment. Most electronics and related equipment are designed to work at optimum levels at a specific range of temperature, usually 40 – 50 degrees Celsius, which is why it has become imperative to have a protective cabinet. But along with the thermal management comes the complex problem of power management, which if not done properly can ramp up the maintenance and running cost of the floor.

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Topics: NEMA, Enclosures

The More Controls Change, the More Familiar they Become

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 26, 2018 8:53:28 AM

Contrary to popular belief, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are as prevalent as ever. Even the introduction of concepts such as Industrial IoT have done little to harm the legacy controller; in fact, it has forced OEMs to bring positive changes to PLCs and other PC-based controls, ensuring they keep up with modern requirements.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation

The Evolutionary Nature of PLC

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 17, 2018 9:02:12 AM

Rule number 1 for Evolution: it never happens instantly.

The evolution of automation hardware, specifically the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has followed a gradual timeline, and has shown how features adapt to cater for advanced requirements. The past decade has seen the demise of several third-party software developers who created programs for hardware vendors. Still, several vendors still think automation resides within a box rather than within distributed components, which is keeping the pace of evolution in check.

But what about the mighty PLC, which has been the cornerstone of automation for decades? Has it evolved as well?

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Topics: PLCs, Remote I/O

Surviving a Control System Migration Project

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 9, 2018 8:54:03 AM

A proactive approach is gaining popularity among companies who wish to keep their automation infrastructure up to date. Waiting for end-of-life to approach simply erodes the competitive edge of a company giving room for others to grow and takes away prospective business. Plant managers simply can’t afford this, and thus can’t adopt a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to adding automation assets.

The lifetime of electronic components is rapidly shrinking, something that requires frequent software & hardware updates. If too much delay is created, other factors can also set-in, such as difficulty in finding personnel qualified to troubleshoot & repair primitive faulty equipment. The ARC Advisory Group stated in its 2015 report Distribution Control Systems Worldwide Outlook that almost $65 billion worth of automation systems are nearing their useful life cycles. It is even more astonishing that over $12 billion worth of such systems were installed in the late 1970s as distributed control systems.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation

How to Select a Controller

Posted by PanelShop.com on Mar 22, 2018 2:09:08 PM

The number of controllers available in the market are almost as many as the number of applications in which they are used. Most controllers are application independent and can be used for more than one purpose. So which one would you choose? A PLC, a PAC, a DCS or a IPC? Names are of little importance when compared to the functionality of a device.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation

All-In-One Panels vs. PACs: Which is Right for Your Application?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Mar 16, 2018 2:01:42 PM

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have standardized and almost perfected a charade that involves the use of programmable automation controller, distributed input/output, a touchscreen operator interface and features such as data logging and charting to achieve automation. Today, companies are looking out for architectures that would help them instill “smartness” in their plants and be a part of the major industrial revolutions that are just around the corner.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Basic Principles of PID Control & Loop Tuning

Posted by PanelShop.com on Mar 9, 2018 1:10:04 PM

The industrial sector is heavily reliant on PID controllers for all sorts of automation needs. A control loop is a fundamental feedback mechanism that is put in place to bridge the gap between the measured process variable and the desired set-point. Controllers are used to apply the appropriate corrective efforts through interfaces called actuators that can drive the variable up or down. The controller applies the corrective effort in a loop, until the error is eliminated up to the desired accuracy.

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Topics: Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity, Programming, PID

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