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.” In short, Industrial Control Panel is a cabinet which contains electrical components to control the motors and equipments.
Industrial Control Panel is an enclosure that contains different types of switchgears, control and power units to perform the desired operation.Older control panels are most often equipped with push buttons and analog instruments, whereas nowadays in many cases touchscreens are used for monitoring and control purposes. They are found in factories to monitor and control machines or production lines and in places such as nuclear-power plants, ships, aircraft and mainframe computers.
ADVANTAGES OF INDUSTRIAL CONTROL PANEL:-
Easy to use interface
Easy to clean hard surface, resists moisture, abrasions
Environmental Design Mark sealing and UV protection material options
Long life at low cost
Reliable, attractive, customized user interface
Custom design flexibility – match with existing components, graphics, shape, color, branding
Custom switch features – embedded LED, backlighting
Short lead times
TYPES OF INDUSTRIAL CONTROL PANEL:-
PLC Control panel
Motor Control Center (MCC)
Relay Control Center (RCC)
Power Control Center (PCC)
Low tension (LT) PANEL Etc.
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD INDUSTRIAL CONTROL PANEL DESIGN:-
Experienced control panel designers produce accurate physical layout drawings and schematic drawings. This minimizes problems and delivery delays due to unresolved physical layout problems discovered during production or testing.
Co-ordinate wire sizes and component types
Good control panel designers select components based on voltage and load current and component type based on function. The correct component size insures it can reliably handle the required voltage and load current. The correct component type insures it’ll function as desired.
Use the best control type
Experienced control panel designers always start with simple control components (Relays, Timers, etc.) When simple doesn’t get the job done, they’ll use something with more functionality like a programmable Smart Relay or a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).
Use the best operator device type
Experienced control panel designers always start with simple operator devices (Pushbuttons, Pilot Lights, Digital Panel Meters, etc.). For a stylish appearance they’ll add a Color Graphic door laminate. When simple doesn’t get the job done, they’ll use a color touch screen display as the Human Machine Interface (HMI).
Use the best in class products by category
Experienced control panel designers use the best in class products by product category. This is subjective based on product awareness. Experienced control panel designers are aware of the array of products available in a product category. This allows them to compare and use products that provide the best balance of price, form and function.