The industrial landscape has become amazingly high tech – and it shows no signs of slowing down. Now that high-speed computing makes virtually perfect efficiency and error-free operation both possible, no business can remain competitive without it.
In other words, your entire industrial facility is an antique until an industrial electrician like Mid States Electric has updated it with state-of-the-art instrumentation and control panels. And as a registered UL 508A electrical panel shop, we’re equally prepared to ensure your electrical system is fully capable of supporting an increasingly efficient and automated facility.
What Are Instrumentation & Control Panels?
Traditionally, a sizable industrial facility couldn’t operate reliably without constant supervision by a large and highly experienced team. But as we approach the mid-point of the 2020s, computerization makes it possible to assign routine yet sophisticated tasks to control panels.
By definition, an industrial control panel is an assembly of two or more power circuit components, control circuit components, or any combination of power and control circuit components. In a more practical sense, an industrial facility’s instrumentation and control panels are parts of its brain – receiving information from machinery systems, and making demands of them in return.
A control panel implements multiple sensors to measure any number of process variables within an industrial system. Once the control panel’s software program has analyzed all pertinent data, it automatically adjusts interconnected machinery as part of its function of optimizing efficiency, increasing safety, and reducing labor costs.
What Are Industrial Electrical Panels?
An industrial control panel’s many functions do not include receiving and carrying electricity throughout the facility. This crucial job belongs to the industrial facility’s electrical panels. In addition to supplying adequate electricity to equipment, electrical panels prevent overloads that could cause property damage or pose a threat of workplace injury.
As major components of an industrial facility’s electrical system, electrical panels reduce the risk of lost production when they are correctly designed, installed and maintained. Whenever an electrical panel isn’t one of those things, its risk of causing a facility-wide shutdown or lost production both increase in turn.
The Synergy Between Instrumentation & Control Panels and Industrial Electrical Panels
Industrial control panels and electrical panels should complement one another: the former implementing advanced processes in the names of enhanced productivity and reduced operating costs; the latter securing a steady supply of electricity to every piece of equipment that can’t function correctly without one.
Here is the crux of the two types of panels’ synergy: a control panel cannot do its job effectively when machinery is underpowered or shuts down intermittently. For all the potential of their high technology, control panels are wholly dependent on interconnected electrical panels.
Synergizing control and electrical panel performance is a multifaceted engineering process. Mid States Electric’s industrial electricians begin at the ground floor, carefully taking into account the facility’s size and layout before proceeding to design the system best suited to its operational needs. Once the system has been adjusted for peak efficiency and performance, our client can look forward to operating a facility where power is reliably supplied to every piece of equipment – as well as equipment that is monitored and automatically controlled by correct software protocol.
If you are constructing or retrofitting an industrial facility in the Midwest, we welcome you to contact Mid States Electric of Lawton, IA today. We are standing by to design and install the system of control and electrical panels that synergize in service of the same goal: improved safety and productivity.