What makes a well-designed digital control panel?

What makes a well-designed digital control panel?

The importance of your control panel’s design is something that can never be understated. At a point – it’s going to be your quarterback – allowing you to manage a variety of utilities and features that will help your water treatment plant work the way it’s supposed to. 

Today, we’re going to talk about what some of the essential components of a good control panel design are and what you need to consider if you’re in the market for a panel yourself. Let’s jump right in!

Placement/layout

Components and their groups need to be laid out in a way that’s both functional and logical. In order to make solving issues and troubleshooting easier, your power distribution components should have dedicated breakers for their specified power levels along with fuses and terminals. This keeps thing consistent and organized and as always – there should be space left between them to allow for expansion if you need it.

Also make sure your I/O terminals and PLC racks are located directly below. Why? Because these elements give off less heat than the fuses. Heat rises, so this will help keep these circuits cooler and less prone to potential problems. That, and the way control panels are wired, it simply makes for better and more sensible servicing because the wiring and components are brought in towards the bottom of the panel anyway – making it a more efficient use of space. 

Labeling

Every good panel should be labeled appropriately. Labels should be on each of the wires and things like the power distribution terminal, should have individual labels depending on what terminal certain wires are feeding into. Power supplies. Breakers and other components should also be appropriately labeled. This makes for easier servicing and troubleshooting should the need arise. 

Sizing

We mentioned it briefly above, but it’s a good idea to make sure your panels have components that are adequately spaced out. The major reason for this is obviously for expansion – but another reason that’s just as important is for a more even distribution of heat concentration. Especially if you’re in a hot climate like we are here down in Largo, Florida – overheating can be an issue if components aren’t spaced appropriately and that can cause malfunctions, issues and potentially expensive repairs. 

If you have questions about what digital control panels can do for your company or how we can make a difference in your wastewater treatment facility, give our team a shout today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – we hope this blog was helpful and good luck!

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