What Exactly is an Industrial Control Panel?
Industrial control panels are defined by the NEC section 409.2 as an assembly of two or more power circuit components, control circuit components, or any combination of power and control circuit components.
For NEC purposes, an industrial control panel operates at less than 600V and consists of power circuits and/or control circuits. A control circuit provides the signals directing the performance of the controlled equipment but doesn’t carry the main power or include the controlled equipment. The “panel” part means the control system is mounted on (or in) an enclosure or subpanel.
What is Done During Control Panel Installation?
The installation must be in accordance with the all applicable national (NEC, IEC, EN, etc.) and local electrical codes and ordinances.
- An ignored matter with bigger control panels is the necessity to power test appliances and equipment, for instance vacuums utilised for maintenance. Working with the electrical distributor to see what standard offerings are closest to what you need can produce significant savings in cost and delivery.
- After the panel is designed, next step is to figure out where to place it. Determine the outside dimensions and the swing requirements of cabinet doors. To reduce maintenance inefficiencies and other hidden costs during operation, it is ideal to allow enough room for a test cart to roll across the area with those doors open.
- Control panels often are near the process area. An elevated ambient temperature might need a air conditioning or ventilation fan on the cabinet, both of which will have filters that need maintenance. Other circumstances may dictate adding a heater or dehumidifier.
- Find the air exhaust and intakes vents for simple filter spare and make sure there is no process meddling; having a cabinet vent suck in air off an aluminum melting pot is generally not helpful.
- Figuring out the ampacity for the supply conductors can be confusing unless you break down the requirements into discrete steps
- You can either put a single main overcurrent protective device (OCPD) in the panel or put overcurrent protection ahead of the panel.
- The NEC requires marking every panel with its short circuit current rating (SCCR)
- Look for the grounding measures.
Why Choice CoreSystem for Control Panel Installation?
CoreSystem team is rich with skilled professionals who have numerous experiences to be able to give you proper advice. All our instructors are approved by a number of accrediting bodies. Making sure they are up to date with relevant regulations and industry best practices.
We believe in delivering a quality, honest, straight forward and professional service. Our customers need straight forward and honest advice when it comes to their training and rely on ourselves to separate fact from fiction and cut through the jargon that can surround the Health & Safety industry.
A cabinet installed with quality workmanship should have neatly organised wires run in gutters or channels, laid-out with only smooth bends to the wire radii, no sharp bends or kinks.
All wires, components and terminals should be clearly labelled. We cannot stress the importance of a sound labelling strategy upon installation, when maintenance and troubleshooting is necessary it will save time in testing for errors, saving money therein and ultimately saving you the stress.
Our team will work tirelessly to get the training you require, when you require it. Although we cannot always work miracles, our team will do everything we can to get you what you need.