There are many things to think about when you look at designing industrial control panels. For example you need to look at efficiency, safety, regulations, and performance. As one of the leading providers of design and panel manufacture in the UK, we can offer lots of useful advice here. Then, you can rely on us to create the right designs and build quality equipment for you.
What about the enclosure?
One of the most important things you must do is to consider the size of the enclosure for each control panel. The biggest factor here is the type of environment. The amount of heat and moisture plus the presence of any harmful substances can affect enclosure design. You may need larger enclosures to offer more protection against anything that could damage the electronics. This increases the spatial needs.
In most industrial settings space will be at a premium. As a result you will have limits on how big the enclosures and panels can be. But, you also need to ensure they are large enough to accommodate the wiring and electrical components.
It is wise to think about future needs here too; you definitely don’t want to have to go back to design and panel manufacture to create a new enclosure if you need to change the configuration in the future. So, it is a good idea to make enclosures slightly larger to offer additional capacity.
The placement is yet another vital topic here. One location can be far different to another, even in the same facility. You need to think about important things like the heat, ventilation, traffic, and even the clearance. The latter can become an issue if you are placing the enclosure near or in a cabinet. If so, you have to accommodate the swing of the doors and need to allow more space.
In facilities with a high ambient temperature it may be necessary to use a ventilation fan or cooling to maintain the panel. This can increase the size of the enclosure and effect the placement. In terms of the latter, you will need to ensure that it is easy to access the fans to change any filters and clean equipment.
The size of the panels and enclosures can also have a big impact on operator efficiency. If they are too large and unwieldy, it can take operators longer to work with them. On the other hand though, if they are too small it can mean everything is too close together. That can increase the number of issues such as pressing the wrong buttons.
Talk to us about design and panel manufacture
At IRS Consultants Ltd we have seen the results of good and bad panel planning and manufacturing. Our goal is to offer the very best services here. This includes careful design, a full build service, installation, and more. Ultimately we want every client to receive equipment that works effectively, fits perfectly, and lasts.
So, if you have any questions for us, whether about design, panel manufacture, or anything else, get in touch. We have a huge amount of experience and an excellent track record. This has helped us to gain many repeat customers who rely on us every time.