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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

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

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

Top 3 Design Basics for Control Enclosures

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 19, 2017 8:53:33 AM

Electrical control panel design basics is a vast field, dotted with problems pertaining to management, visual appeal, reliability and safety.  The design basics for control enclosures that house various components from Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to high-voltage relays is dependent on several parameters, however, keeping down the cost is one that can’t be sidelined at any time.

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Topics: Enclosures, Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation

Selecting the Proper Fuse for Control Circuit Protection

Posted by John Ruth on Mar 21, 2017 9:10:39 AM

Fuses are an overly abundant electrical component, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This would make picking out a replacement easy, except there are so many types of fuses out there that the likelihood of two aesthetically identical fuses having the same operating specs is pretty low. This identity crisis can lead to mistakes in selecting a new or replacement fuse, which puts workers and equipment at risk.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation

Above and Beyond the Standards for Electrical Control Panels

Posted by John Ruth on Oct 10, 2016 1:07:07 PM

The industrial environment is a tough one, and it takes its toll on all electrical equipment. For this reason, we make electrical enclosures to protect our sensitive electrical components from damage caused by elements such as water, wind, dust, dirt, heat, cold, humidity, and chemicals in the environment in which they’re located.

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Topics: Enclosures, Custom Control Panels

The Basic Tenets of Programming for Custom Control Panels

Posted by Javan Kalmar on Sep 30, 2016 9:37:59 AM

When people hear about programming, they typically think of the A+ students who memorize computer languages and write 1s and 0s. While this is somewhat true, It’s important to point out that programming is much more than learning a foreign language. It’s logic. A lot of a programmer's job is not to tell a computer to do something, but to figure out how to get a computer to do it. That’s why a programmer's job starts from the very conception of the program.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels

Control Panel Testing: Multimeters vs. Scopes

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Apr 28, 2016 2:34:50 PM

Since the industrial world first integrated with electrical control, methods of measurement have played a central role in testing and repair. Today, the two most commonly used measurement tools are the oscilloscope and the multimeter. What are the differences between scopes and multimeters, and when should you use them?

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Topics: Custom Control Panels, Quality

Spring Cleaning for Electrical Control Panels

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Apr 6, 2016 9:04:55 AM

It’s finally springtime and the sun is shining, birds are building nests, flowers are starting to bloom — oh, and your control panel is filthy. You probably already know why preventative maintenance as simple as cleaning your panels matters, but just in case you need to jumpstart your motivation, let’s review the facts.

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Topics: Custom Control Panels

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