We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the various elements of digital control panels, how to cut costs on panel building and a whole myriad of topics pertaining to them but there are always some details that manage to fall through the cracks.
Today we’re going to talk about a few of the things every good control panel should have that business owners DON’T think about, usually – but that can make a significant difference in your operation. Let’s jump right in!
There are manuals to things for a reason. We document activities for a reason. And naturally – it’s only until something major happens – both good and bad – that we find ourselves looking for this documentation because it’s contents are so crucial to understanding both the function and history behind the device.
We highly recommend any good digital control panel has readily accessible copies to this documentation in every build you can have it. Maybe it’s on a flash drive, hosted in the crowd or maybe it’s printed up and stuffed in a binder. Either way – keeping this information handy is important. Solid documentation can not only lead to better, more efficiently run panels – but save you money as well.
Avoiding heat at all costs
Most good electrical enclosures and control panels should have some sort of temperature accommodation built into its design and going the extra mile with temperature monitoring is never a bad idea. However even with these in place there’s always the chance for overheating and as such something as simple as a light can help warn you in advance if there’s something wrong.
In addition, keeping these control panels away from heat-intensive areas is also a good idea and their construction should take such into consideration. In addition, simple maintenance and cleaning can help provide overheating as well.
Light the way
When you drive a car, most of the important information you need to know about your car is in lights. Gas tank, speed, oil, now even the air in your tires! Good control panels should be lit as well so people can see more clearly inside. Lights can be added to the exterior of enclosures, making maintaining the panel as easy as possible.
Interior lights also present a benefit – as it can ensure industrial safety for the user or the person inspecting the panel. It will also assist in making it easier to negotiate through the interior of the panel.
These three components can make a big difference in the function of your digital control panel. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help! Until then – good luck!