Understanding the applications and practical limitations of industrial control panels is essential to guarantee proper usage as per the situation and requirements. According to the NEC (National Electrical Code) section 409.2, industrial control panels are defined as an assembly of two or more power circuit components or any combination of power and control circuit components. Industrial panels are factory-wired assemblies of control equipment like switches, motor controllers, relays, etc. However, it must be noted that UL listed industrial panels do not include any externally connected load.
Our personal lives are so much influenced by the latest happenings in the world of technology, that we often can’t wait to get out hands on the latest phones, devices & software, waiting up in queues if necessary. But the same can’t be said for our work environment, why?
Most companies are still bound to their old systems in one way or another, simply because of the principle, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. It is high time that we understand that fixing something isn’t the only reason for an upgrade. Increasing the efficiency of a process, making it more productive & streamlined and reducing risk of injury are some solid milestones that can be achieved by upgrading a conventional system.
Your PLC, contractors, relays, safety systems, and every other piece of control hardware requires a safe & secure home for proper, uninterrupted operation. Specification of control enclosure is a process that requires consideration of several requirements from physical size to environmental ratings to thermal thresholds. A step by step approach is therefore well-suited to ensure all the required boxes have been checked.
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.
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.
Now that 3D printing has anchored itself in society as a popular and relatively cheap method of producing personalizable parts and prototypes, innovators have begun to look for ways to improve the process itself. Along with this, concerns have arisen regarding the potential waste plastic that ends up in landfills after printing. So with 3D printing established, innovators are turning their creative ideas into environmentally-conscious products for the industry.
In order to stay ahead in industry and to keep a company profitable, it is important to stay up to date with technology. Using the most efficient systems and products in manufacturing can help your company save money and save energy, which helps to not pollute the earth.
When it comes to industrial configurations, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is an energy efficient installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs). Also known as adjustable-frequency drives (AFDs) or AC drives*, VFDs should be a mainstay in nearly any manufacturing operation. After all, being energy efficient is not only more time efficient, but it also ultimately saves in many different costs.
Voltage drop is how the supplied energy of a voltage source is reduced as electric current moves through the passive elements (elements that do not supply voltage) of an electrical circuit. Voltage drops across loads and across other active circuit elements are preferred as the supplied energy accomplishes useful work.
A voltage drop greater than 5% can harm the lifespan and the operational efficiency of electrical circuits and equipment. Therefore an effort must be made to contain the voltage drop below 5%. There are many ways to minimize these voltage drops which include decreasing the temperature of the conductor, decreasing length of conductor, increasing quantity/size of the conductors, or reducing power load.
Topics: Energy Savings
Slowly but surely the Automation industry is making advances. Some areas of improvement like safety and efficiency seem to be second nature, while others such as mobile information and cloud systems can take some time adapting and using. Nonetheless, it is important to keep up on industry trends in order to advance your business and stay ahead of the competitor.