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What to Consider in Industrial Control Panel Design - JMP Solutions

October 15th, 2019

An Industrial Control Panel (ICP) is defined as “an assembly of a systematic and standard arrangement of two or more components such as motor controllers; overload relays; fused disconnect switches; and circuit breakers and related control devices including pushbutton stations, selector switches, timers, switches, and control relays, with associated wiring, terminal blocks, pilot lights and similar components.”

That’s a mouthful for sure, but given all of these components, the design is critical to ensuring you are incorporating the very best components into your system.

At JMP Solutions, we consider the following to be critical to that design.

Layout & Design
• Outline: While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is ergonomically important for follow up activity in the panel and makes it easier to locate important components.

• Labeling: Proper labeling of the components listed above provides traceability back to field instruments as well as identification of those control components.

• Wireway Design: Another aspect that allows for ease of use in locating and managing wires, this design consideration goes a long way to avoiding signal interference.

Optimizing Functionality
• Component Spacing and Heat Characteristics: Designers must consider this aspect as it will allow for better dissipation of heat, therefore minimizing the negative effects of heat on electrical components over time.

• Securing Wires, Fusing, Electrical Power and Electrical Grounding: These critical considerations allow for proper function of control components and signaling to/from the field.

• Terminations: Loose terminations can stop control function and poor termination can lead to short circuits.

Considerations
• Regulatory Requirements: In the United States, Canada and the European Union, Industrial Control Panels are required to meet a number of regulatory requirements including compliance to specified standards and listings. In the US, this includes UL certification which is a specific standard of safety and quality.

• Hazardous Area, Explosion Proof Considerations: Last, but certainly not least, these considerations are critical for specialty needs for panel build and design.

JMP Solutions has a great in-house Panel Shop team that can help with the design, fabrication, build, and integration of your Industrial Control Panels. Contact us today for more information and how we can help you with your Industrial Control Panels!

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