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HMI/SCADA to Increase Efficiency & Reduce Costs

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jul 24, 2017 10:23:38 AM

A glance at the screen should be enough to provide your operators with enough information to carry out a targeted industrial operation. All the potential problems should be clearly indicated and any risks or faults should be highlighted as a top priority. A well-built HMI/SCADA system should be able to accomplish these tasks, and many more, including:

  • Leveraging your HMI/SCADA as the base of all operations
  • Driving the right & most efficient response in the face of alarms
  • Instill consistency and conformity to standards
  • Provide quick, on-demand support

Today, SCADA systems aren’t installed for providing monitoring & visualization of a certain process, with alarms rolling in. A well-built SCADA system should serve as a decision support system, enabling personnel to quickly manage resources and rectify faults.

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Topics: SCADA, Reduce Costs, HMI, Increase Efficiency

What are Smart Circuit Breakers?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jul 3, 2017 8:32:25 AM

The smart revolution has begun.

From manufacturing industries to power grids, every piece of technology is on the verge of reaching the next level of automation. Same goes for circuit breakers, which are a major component of the field of power systems protection.

Circuit breakers alone are a billion-dollar market, rounding up $13-$19 billion dollars on a global scale by the end of the decade. These electro-mechanical devices are bound to evolve owing to the level of technological development taking place.

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Topics: Enclosures, Circuit Breaker

Can Machines Benefit from Software Configurable I/O?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 27, 2017 10:28:08 AM

Improving Efficiency & Speed in the Automation Industry

Parallel programming has always created issues for the the programming industry. Coming towards the pragmatic workings of the automation industry, the processes are often trapped within a loop that makes use of the same block of code iterative. Software configureable I/O is an up and coming concept regarding automation that can greatly improve the efficiency and speed of a process.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Remote I/O

Building a Reliable VFD System

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 21, 2017 10:02:23 AM

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) have slowly become the industrial norm for controlling the output of three-phase AC motors. By varying the voltage and frequency, VFDs achieve smooth and reliable control of the motor’s torque and speed. From motion control applications to ventilation systems to heavy manufacturing, VFDs have become a staple in the industrial landscape.

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

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

Space Saving Control Panels

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 9, 2017 8:14:00 AM

Manufacturing industries are always keen on controlling one of the biggest expenses associated with their businesses. Production managers are always under pressure to make sure that their space is managed in the most effective manner possible, and not even an inch of space gets wasted.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Cost Savings, Quality

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

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