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Specifying Industrial Enclosures

Posted by PanelShop.com on Oct 16, 2017 9:03:25 AM

Industrial environments are volatile. Things can go wrong within minutes or stay stable for months. Nonetheless, ample protection is necessary to make sure things keep going as smoothly as possible. Enclosures are vital for any industry as they provide a housing for all cables, electrical equipment and termination points.

Nowadays, industries are getting increasingly digitized, so additional equipment is required that serves as a gateway to manual controls. Enclosures also provide due protection against RF waves as well as from environmental factors such as moisture, sunlight, etc. Plant managers in oil, gas, material handling, and virtually any industry are therefore keen to make sure all their equipment is safe as break in operations can result in lost time, resources and reputation.

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Topics: Enclosures, Energy Savings, Increase Efficiency

Benefits of The Mobile HMI: What You Need to Know

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 29, 2017 12:16:42 PM

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) have long been used in the industrial world to provide users with comprehensive system monitoring and control capabilities. Large LCD panels and screens are generally attributed to HMIs but latest implementations of HTML-5 powered technology as well as increased processing capabilities of handheld devices plan to change this image.

Moving from workstation based controls to handheld ones may sound like a lengthy process, but it is one that’s already being implemented within industries. Smartphones and tablets are the key drivers behind this technology, and they are gradually being moved to industrial applications due to greater flexibility and portability they provide compared to location dependent HMIs.  

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Topics: HMI Panels

Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Pumping Systems

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 21, 2017 8:33:12 AM

Pumping systems are widely used in a number of industries from mining to petroleum to manufacturing. These systems account for nearly 20% of the world’s energy used by electric motors! A minute dip in their efficiency can put great financial strain on the entire system and risk the machines’ life. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has published a comprehensive list of standards that can help assess the efficiency of pumping systems.

 

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Topics: Industrial Automation, Energy Savings, Cost Savings, Motors & Drives

To Fuse or Not to Fuse Individual I/O Points?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 13, 2017 2:08:37 PM

The protection of individual I/O points is as important as the protection of any other control device. The use of fuses is one of the most fundamental decisions that needs to be taken by a protection engineer to ensure maximum safety as well as uptime for industrial assets.

Circuit breakers and fuses are two of the most widely-accepted types of protection. While circuit breakers have the benefit of reusability, the quicker operation of fuses make them an appropriate choice for I/O protection. In addition, fuses are better at blocking let-through energy, providing better protection for downstream devices. Therefore, wherever quickness is a priority, fuses should be preferred over other modes of protection.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Remote I/O

Communicating Through HMIs

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 8, 2017 8:38:02 AM

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are vital for streamlined monitoring and control of any Control System whether it’s based on a small-scale or covers multiple geographic locations. Communication is necessary nonetheless, irrespective of the scope of the control system as it ensures transparency, quick reaction and decision-makers to untie themselves of any particular physical location.

In addition, various automation systems should not only have strong inhouse intercommunication portals but support the latest wave of devices such as smartphones and tablets. The reasons behind this is the quick adoption of such devices by operations personnel, which makes it easier for them to acquire information and thus raise their productivity.  

The hardware and software of today have made ample technological advances to support such networked-expansion, allowing remote servers to interact with HMIs and provide a smooth stream of data to all devices. Typically, the use of HMIs is limited to inhouse monitoring and control of devices such as PLCs, Drives and Switches, but their integration with the outside world has slowly become an unavoidable requirement. Modern PC-based HMIs solve this problem through constant back and forth communication with all interlinked devices.

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Topics: HMI Panels

Knowing the Basics of PLCs

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 22, 2017 8:57:21 AM

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have been around for over 50 years and have established themselves as the preferred hardware for industrial automation. Several competitors have come along the way in the form of PCs, microcontrollers, etc. but none have been able to dent the reputation of the PLC.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends

UL508A Certification: Why Does It Matter?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 17, 2017 8:10:32 AM

 

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a century old consulting and certification company that is known throughout the world for its stringent levels of certification for electrical devices and components. Industries such as manufacturing, mining, energy, etc. need to follow a certification system for the equipment they procure to make sure their property and personnel are out of harm’s way. Out of the several UL standards that exist, company's that provide electrical components should be UL508A certified.

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

Inside Machines: PC vs. PLC - Comparing Control Options

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 9, 2017 9:02:28 AM

The 1970s saw the introduction of PLCs or Programmable Logic Controllers, which would forever change the way automation is achieved in industrial environments. Known for its rugged design and scalable implementation, the PLC was adapted by all major manufacturers and to this day is the norm for industrial automation. Allen-Bradley, Omron, Siemens, AEG, etc. became the leaders in PLC manufacturing, and soon the controllers had the processing capability of a computer while withstanding harsh industrial conditions.

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

Control Panel Design Basics

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 2, 2017 9:09:21 AM

Electric Control Panel design is not just about selecting the dimensions of the cabinet, the rating of the enclosure and the IP protection it should offer. It’s actually about creating a design that would ensure comprehensive yet simple control of your plant/machine/process. Planning is the key to proper control panel design, as preemptive rectification of errors is easier than rewiring an established unit. No matter how complex the control requirements are, it’s better to think of the entire design as a continuous process rather than a static entity.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Quality

Panel Building: Optimizing Control Panel Design & Construction

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jul 26, 2017 9:22:00 AM

Recent technological advancements have brought improvements to conventional control panel design and fabrication, by a great deal, and if implemented properly can result in lower running cost and higher return on investment. Optimizing control panel design isn’t just part of the modernization process, it is more of a need; one which can bring in a number of positive changes to the conventional working of a plant.

The top five issues currently faced by CEOs include:

  • Productivity
  • Costs
  • Operational efficiency
  • Increasing competition
  • Achieving top-line growth
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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Quality

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