Onboard Control Panels: Gaining Maximum Reliability For Industrial Processes

OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are known to sell machines and fulfill the demands of industrial applications all over the world. Manufacturing various types of machines for different commercial and industrial applications, where each project involves new requirements and challenges to tackle.

Imagine an OEM packing machine installed in a brand new facility, where the humidity levels are usually above 70%. The same machine type will be sent to a packing plant somewhere else, where the air temperature is at an appropriate level (less than 30 °C). Here the machines and its specifications are the same, however, their thermal conditions are different, as well as the technical considerations concerning the electrical systems or machineries and their control panels would be different.

Well, what about you? Do you know the exact environmental conditions of the most important control panels? If not, they could be under-performing—temperature, humidity, and dew point influence the electrical equipment’ output. The concern is that unless these environments are adequately tested, thermal conditions will impair the reliability, protection, and performance of electrical panels and their lifespan.

Control Panels and Innovative Solutions

There are currently different instruments on the market to calculate temperature conditions. Still, the most important thing is to consider a full system to collect data and generate reports and understand the results.

Smart control panels’ solutions allow users to access consistent, efficient, and comprehensive thermal measurement data at the design, commissioning, and operation phases. Here’s how investing in an advanced solution for control panels makes for an efficient strategy:

  1. Improving Reliability

Know in advance the environmental conditions—temperature, humidity, dew point—indoor and outdoor environments to achieve system optimization. The use of advanced control panels will support technical discussions before making temperature-related maintenance decisions.

  1. Extend The Life Of The Equipment

Once the equipment has been mounted, environmental changes will go unnoticed. Variable speed drives and PLCs, for example, can continue to function despite changes in heat and humidity, causing them to exceed their limits. The most important thermal variables affecting sensitive electronic components can be controlled via an electronic health examination with smart control panels.

  1. Energy-Efficient Thermal Solutions

Organisations often question if a simple ventilation architecture is good enough for electrical installations or whether a more efficient cooling unit is required in the set up. Each installation is a different one. With innovative control panels and monitoring solutions, you can calculate the efficiency of the current thermal solution over a certain period and assess the need to improve it or not.

  1. Security Robots Keep Processes Going

With advanced control panels’ used for monitoring and controlling machine installations, detection of hot and cold spots to avoid condensation issues, minimize technical breakdowns is critical for increasing system and process efficiency levels.

Get Expert Guidance

An overlooked problem with control panels is the necessity to test devices and appliances, for example, vacuum cleaners or vacuum solutions. Instead of ensuring the unnecessary requirement for using extension cords, it is suggested that adding appropriate receptacles help with rough layouts when placed in convenient locations.

Control panels are also situated near the process field. High ambient temperatures can necessitates ventilation fans or air conditioned environments for the cabinet, or a heating system such as a heater or dehumidifier; all of these would have filters requiring maintenance. Pinpoint the air intake vents, systems and machines as well as exhaust vents for quicker filtering replacement and ensuing minimal process interference, which is usually not beneficial to have the vent in the air.

Contact your electrical providers or consult a qualified electrical consultant to explore appropriate solutions, contributing to substantial cost and distribution savings. If your panel is comparatively complex, you can explore options of ‘provider engineering’ services and remember to make informed investments. Have the supplier engineer a panel one time instead of doing it again in the field when under management pressure to get this thing going.’

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