2018.09.04 15:28 | Sean Carter
As the appearance of the assembly line changes, the tools that are used there are also getting an upgrade thanks to modern technology updating behind-the-scenes work. Control panel manufacturers, for example, continue to take panel design concepts off the drawing board and work with clients to craft real-world solutions. Case in point: control panels that oversee DC motor processes. This machine, which converts direct current electrical energy into power that can be used by other machines, requires that its processes and output be carefully managed. With a new panel design from control panel manufacturers, monitoring those DC motor tasks safely and efficiently can be completed. In this article, we’ll cover the main types of control panel designs and the different levels of operation these devices can help your company carry out.
A basic control panel can be used by packaging, manufacturing, processing or other companies with needs for automation oversight. This type of panel design will allow for an interface that incorporates a control system that’s intuitive for those who need to know how to interact with it, such as those who have to control power transformers. Of course, it will still meet National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) requirements. Moving up to advanced panel design, control panel manufacturers will have to engineer solutions to automation. This often means multiple tasks and processes must be managed by the advanced offerings of the panel’s hardware, software and programming. There are also custom panels in-between that can oversee multiple pieces of equipment or processes while combining those needs onto a single panel. A look at the design of an existing panel for electrical purposes gives a good idea of the workings that operators can interact with. “Power” and “emergency shut-off” buttons, motor start and stop buttons, speed, tracking, travel and pause options all allow users to oversee and interact with automated processes at a moment’s notice.
The need for updating a panel design will continue to exist so long as the technology they control makes similar advances. Control panel manufacturers are paying particular attention to this aspect, as major corporations that complete manufacturing and engineering tasks are becoming increasingly reliant on automation. Machine conditioning and harnessing conditioned data are two types of technological advances that automation has made possible. With this, and the new way of life it’s bound to provide, companies looking to keep current should consider updated panel design from control manufacturers as a way to expand both business and offerings.