Articles Tagged: Panel builders

Medium Voltage Design Basics: Switchgear Introduction

For panel builders, being flexible is crucial. That is certainly true when designing and working with medium voltage (MV) networks, or distribution systems with voltages above 1 kV and up… Read more »

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Panel builders: cut setup, test, and reporting time by up to 70%

Recent data on the U.S. electrical industry seems to indicate that the growth outlook has improved. Similarly, overall production is rebounding in the European market, thanks largely to growth in… Read more »

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Stand out from the Competition with Energy-Saving Smart Panels

The new industrial revolution is changing how builders of control panels, switchgear and panel boards design and operate today. To remain competitive and profitable, panels will have to be smarter… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Quality Control for a Panel Builder

Checking your work thoroughly throughout the process ensures correct functionality and avoids customer problems. Image 1 illustrates many of the key concepts when we talk about industrial quality. It explains… Read more »

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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 4: Managing the Temperatures of a Switchboard

An electrical switchboard is composed of different electrical devices, some of which are more or less sensitive to the temperature outside and/or inside the enclosure. The outside is mainly due… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 3: Internal and External Equipment Layout and Installation

As you look at a panel being assembled in your shop, put yourself into the position of the customer and ask some critical questions about the internal and external equipment…. Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 1: Protecting Equipment from its Environment

The most critical element that shapes a panel design project must be addressed at the very beginning of a project: where is the completed unit going to be installed? This… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Quality inspection, packing, handling and installation

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second and third posts provided tips on everything from component… Read more »

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Goodbye UL 508: A Transition More Than a Decade in the Making

When it comes to standards that control panel builders have to abide by, I have an interesting view. On the one hand, I represent Schneider Electric on various standards committees… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Quality inspection, packing, handling and installation

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second and third posts provided tips on everything from component… Read more »

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A Panel Builder’s Step-by-Step Introduction

If you build correctly, you’ll keep the wolf at your door from coming in. That’s true in fairy tales and in the real world. Building things properly in the case… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Power connections, auxiliary circuits, and labeling

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second post covered tips on component delivery and storage, enclosure… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Delivery, assembly and installation of components

In the first post of this series, I introduced the challenges of building an electrical switchboard. These include meeting IEC 61439 standards while accounting for ongoing technology improvements. In this… Read more »

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Thermostats: Maximizing their Usefulness

We’ve all seen it: a mother touching the forehead of a child thought to be ill. That simple act ruling out fever is the first line of diagnosis and treatment…. Read more »

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Clouding the issue: centralized multi-functional device management

  Panel boards in buildings’ power distribution systems comprise a whole lot of devices – circuit breakers, fuses, sensors, meters, switches, motors, you name it. And those devices have to… Read more »

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IEC 61439, More than just an upgrade, a whole new approach

IEC 61439 is intended to make it simpler and clearer for panel builders to ensure their low voltage assembly installations are up to standard. It also raises the issue of… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 3: Internal and External Equipment Layout and Installation

As you look at a panel being assembled in your shop, put yourself into the position of the customer and ask some critical questions about the internal and external equipment…. Read more »

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Passive Thermal Solutions: Remember, Air is Still Free

Increasingly, panel builders must do more. That’s because facility demands are greater. Facilities – and the panels or cabinets within them – must withstand increasingly severe environmental conditions. That’s true… Read more »

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Goodbye UL 508: A Transition More Than a Decade in the Making

When it comes to standards that control panel builders have to abide by, I have an interesting view. On the one hand, I represent Schneider Electric on various standards committees… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 3: Internal and External Equipment Layout and Installation

As you look at a panel being assembled in your shop, put yourself into the position of the customer and ask some critical questions about the internal and external equipment…. Read more »

2 Comments

Guidelines for panel builders: Delivery, assembly and installation of components

In the first post of this series, I introduced the challenges of building an electrical switchboard. These include meeting IEC 61439 standards while accounting for ongoing technology improvements. In this… Read more »

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IEC 61439, More than just an upgrade, a whole new approach

IEC 61439 is intended to make it simpler and clearer for panel builders to ensure their low voltage assembly installations are up to standard. It also raises the issue of… Read more »

1 Comment

Guidelines for panel builders: Quality inspection, packing, handling and installation

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second and third posts provided tips on everything from component… Read more »

1 Comment

Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 4: Managing the Temperatures of a Switchboard

An electrical switchboard is composed of different electrical devices, some of which are more or less sensitive to the temperature outside and/or inside the enclosure. The outside is mainly due… Read more »

1 Comment

Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Quality Control for a Panel Builder

Checking your work thoroughly throughout the process ensures correct functionality and avoids customer problems. Image 1 illustrates many of the key concepts when we talk about industrial quality. It explains… Read more »

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Medium Voltage Design Basics: Switchgear Introduction

For panel builders, being flexible is crucial. That is certainly true when designing and working with medium voltage (MV) networks, or distribution systems with voltages above 1 kV and up… Read more »

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A Panel Builder’s Step-by-Step Introduction

If you build correctly, you’ll keep the wolf at your door from coming in. That’s true in fairy tales and in the real world. Building things properly in the case… Read more »

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Stand out from the Competition with Energy-Saving Smart Panels

The new industrial revolution is changing how builders of control panels, switchgear and panel boards design and operate today. To remain competitive and profitable, panels will have to be smarter… Read more »

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