The general industrial control panel involves a variety of assemblies, but they all typically contain a minimum of two control circuit assemblies, a power circuit, and controlling parts that include motor controllers, relays, and switches. The industrial nature of these assemblies has them installed in various applications ranging from motor and machinery administrators, refrigeration, temperature systems, pumps, lighting, and similar.
However, just about every control land in one of two categories, open or closed. The open panels are configured with lots of wiring terminals and connections. Closed panels incorporate the same but typically have a sealed assembly anchored to equipment boxes or wall mountings.
Panels Have To Meet Stringent Requirements
One of the key factors that anyone using an industrial control panel needs to pay attention to is the fact that such products must meet a variety of regulations and requirements. Some are industrial standards needed for compatibility, and some are legal requirements, oftentimes for safety reasons, and system protection.
In the U.S. and Canada, for example, industrial control panels are regulated under NEC Article 409 and section 110.3(B). They have to meet ANSI/NFPA 70 quality standards as well. Utilizing a control panel that is not certified to these standards can result in several penalties and costs for the user, especially if put in action and installed functionally in violation of the above.
Support Inventory Sourcing Is Essential
Key support for industrial control panels often starts with the physical aspects of the products because they can be exposed to a significant amount of demand in normal use. As a result, replacement parts for panels tend to be in regular demand. However, once provided and installed, many users find that ongoing support can be a challenge.
Complete panels are frequently a combination of multiple parts, productions, providers, and manufacturers put together into one functional assembly. And, when a repair or replacement is needed, singular lines of spares can be limited. Therefore, it is important when one works with an industrial control panel provider, they are an ongoing support resource not just for the initial panel acquisition but all the full ongoing support.
A regular inventory of support needs to be able to provide a variety of choices with enclosures and back panels, various components commonly used like breakers, fuses, switches, relays and starters, frequency drivers, pilot devices, battery backups, meters, transformers of both types (open and closed), alarms and a lot more.
Service Support Is More Than Just Components Availability
However, support is not just a well-stocked part inventory alone. Many times, one also needs a solid expertise to be able to rely on as well. A person to talk to, ask question, compare scenarios and thoughts, and learn from as well. It makes a world of difference between just trying to figure out one’s way through a part catalog and being guided to real-time, valuable solutions that that solve problems, provide solid maintenance and keep your grids running correctly.
A Unique Support Platform You Can Rely On Is Not A Commodity
At Carter Automation we make it a fundamental point not only to have the correct part inventory supply for your industrial control panels but to have the expertise on hand to keep you functional long-term.
Our staff and technicians are fully versed in all our industrial automation services such as industrial control panels, how they operate, tolerances, demand expectations, and safety limitations. We make sure none of our customers are guessing their way through part replacement, repairs, and planning for additional modifications and system automation. If you are looking at installation, replacement, or upgrading of your systems, give us a call or email to discuss. We would be glad to help, and you will find the level of support we provide makes a huge difference going forward.