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.
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:
- Operational efficiency
- Increasing competition
- Achieving top-line growth
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, the world discharges 2 million tons of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste, polluting waterways and directly killing 1.8 million children from waterborne diseases. This statement alone should be enough to encourage an effective framework for increasing a country’s capacity to treat wastewater for a healthier environment.
Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.
It is seen as a challenge for companies to keep the employees with the appropriate skills. Developing technical skills can be crucial to putting your company above competitors. Employee satisfaction is an attribute that you have control over, and therefore you must take action by putting your employees through proper and effective training.
Workers who feel that they are good at their job feel a sense of job satisfaction and on the contrary people may feel unmotivated if they don’t think they have the opportunity to progress. Companies have a bird’s eye view of each employee and it’s the company’s responsibility to evaluate them to make sure that they have the proper skills to perform their job.
Communication is essential in any industry. Good verbal and written communication skills are highly valued by employers, especially in today's multidisciplinary teams.
Still, it can be hard to find workers in technical fields with strong written communication skills. Engineers with proven experience in good technical writing are highly valued. Effective writing can increase the clarity and coherence of communication with audiences or user bases. Ineffective technical writing can lead to confusion and frustration and can even drive users away from products and projects that you are trying to promote or document.
Since clear, solid communication is invaluable in the engineering industry and for project documentation procedures, here are five tips to follow in order to strengthen your technical writing: