An Industrial Control Panel engineer's job first starts with deciding which control panel is best suited to the needs of particular factory it is to be installed in. This decision must be taken keeping a variety of factors in mind:
1. What is the cost?
Since the recession that began in 2008, pricing has become the most important aspect of the control panel that companies decide to purchase. It is by no means the only important feature, and a cheaper panel is not always a wiser buying choice, but the price of the panel must be decided keeping in mind the intended use and length of time it is expected to be in service.
2. How long will it last?
Most industrial control panels need to be able to function smoothly for decades, although short term uses of control panels are also a feature of the manufacturing industry. Small scale panel makers with shoestring budgets are rarely able to craft control panels that are geared specifically towards the needs of a particular factory, and thus it is advisable to buy a more reliable, if also more expensive panel from reputed companies with years of experience in the field.
3. How well made is it?
Craftsmanship is an aspect of industrial control panels that doesn't receive a lot of attention in instruction manuals or from teachers, but it is an essential aspect of panel selection that the engineer needs to constantly keep in mind while deciding upon a new panel to purchase. The quality of material used, the durability of the model and whether it carries all the necessary certifications from the required authorities need to be checked and confirmed.
4. How many panels can be ordered?
A factory will, at any given time, require multiple control panels of various sizes and capabilities to control the manufacturing process and take care of all the ancillary tasks associated with production. For this purpose, it is better to buy the panels from a company that can provide multiple models on demand that work smoothly together.
5. What range of functions can be performed?
An industrial control panel is in charge of monitoring the working of every piece of machinery in the factory to ensure its smooth operation as well as to spot problems. All this work requires several specifically required controls and functions that the panel needs to incorporate in order function well.