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6 Things You Must Know Before Choosing a Control Panel Enclosure

May 21, 2015

Picking the right enclosure for a machine design is extremely important. If you get it right everything is going to last and work great and be easily maintained. If you get it wrong things will overheat, you can get contaminants in the cabinet, things will prematurely fail. It may seem rudimentary but there are a lot of different options to consider. I want to tell you about the 6 that I think are the most important.

1. The environment is critical in picking the right cabinet. If this is going to go anywhere where water or dust or any type of contaminants are present in the atmosphere then you want to make sure your cabinet has some sort of seal on it so that you can remember to keep the water and the dust out, that’s the main thing. You want to make sure there isn’t going to be too much heat in the cabinet. You want to make sure that the components have room to breathe. So again all kinds of enclosures exist, each application is unique, the enclosure should be unique as well. The smallest enclosure is not always the best enclosure. You may want the smallest enclosure because space = cost. The bigger the enclosure the more it’s going to cost because the more metal there is. Just think about the long term maintainability of all the equipment that you are going to put inside of it. It is not easy to change an enclosure once you decided and installed all the components so make sure you take the time to get it right. Consider all the options; way all the pros and cons and make an educated decision. So again the first thing is going to be the environment that dictates the type of enclosure. That’s going to be the NEMA or the IP which means Ingress Protection rating that’s going to keep all the contaminants out of the cabinet.

2. The internal components that are going to go inside. Most of the time it’s going to be electronics inside and those electronics produce heat. All these electronics have an associated watt loss, heat loss that’s associated with them. That’s usually part of the specification for each of these components. Add all that up and make sure your cabinet can dissipate that much heat. There are calculations you could use to determine that.

3. The need to access all the different sides of the components. For instance, if you need to get your hand up underneath here to grab a hold of this wire and it’s too close to the wire duct you can’t get your hand in there. Same thing if I need to be able to grab the in stop on the side of the piece to pull it off of the din rail. If I can’t get my hand in here it’s going to make it a lot more painful for me to do that if I’m a maintenance person. Remember you want to make enough space in here for things to be able to breathe and for you to be able to access these things with your hands.

4. Surrounding obstacles outside of the cabinet.Anything that is going to be on either side or the front or back is going to determine how big your door needs to be. If you have any cables that have to come out with a minimum bend radius or anything like that. That’s going to affect how far away you need to place things from the cabinet. If there is going to be any corrosives in the environment, if it’s a wash down say for a food and beverage application the type of enclosure you’re going to want to make sure it’s stainless or something that can’t corrode with cost of chemical wash down.

5. Think about any arc flash mitigation that you have to deal with. Certain customers of ours require the internal disconnect be located on the outside of the panel completely, so when power is removed there is no internal components that will have live power to them. Think of your maintenance personnel when you pick these component because it can really mean the difference between being able to work on these efficiently and effectively to reduce downtime. Make sure you can prolong the life of the equipment inside, which has to do with heat loss and contaminants.

The Advantage of Using a UL508A Shop

February 3, 2015

Hi, Adam Ring here with Innovative-IDM. I want to take a few minutes and talk about UL508A, which is basically Underwriter’s Laboratories and it’s a standard for industrial control panel design. What is it all about?

Basically, you want to able to make sure that your control panel is safe, it uses good design practices, it has circuit protection, and that certain steps or precautions are taken to make sure that the thing doesn’t catch on fire when something goes wrong. At the end of the day, you need a supplier that is UL508A certified that can make sure all those things are covered and eventually put a sticker in your control panel that it meets all those requirements.

Now, you can go and do this yourself if you like, and a lot of people do. The challenge is, you end up paying an annual fee, and then a quarterly inspection fee. If you’re not really having a demand for a lot of control panels that are UL508A, it ends up being quite expensive for just getting a little bit of use.

One of the things that Innovative-IDM can do for you is to build UL508A control panels when necessary. We go through all the certifications and pay all the fees, so that we can serve customers like you and make sure that you get what you need in a timely manner. If you’d like to learn more about how Innovative-IDM can help you with your UL508A needs, check us out, at innovativeidm.com. After all, we are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

5 Reasons You Need An Industrial Preventive Maintenance Plan

August 26, 2014

 

Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM in a perfect world things work all the time, they never break, you never have problems.

Unfortunately, you and I are not in a perfect world. Whether it be our car, washing machine or home air conditioning, our kids bike or a plant; things are going to break. What we want to do is catch it before it breaks.

Like our car for instance; you change the oil on a regular basis, you change the tires on a regular basis. That’s so you don’t have the issue of a flat tire when you least expect it.

Murphy will strike every single time. The same effects happen in a plant. You have machines that run 24/7 sometimes and if we don’t have maintenance on those machines they will break.

One of the reasons to have a maintenance program is its cost-effective. That’s also the thing that keeps it from happening. Cost seems to be an issue.

In my experience cost has never been an issue when the machines broke. But it’s always an issue when the machine is running.

So, we have to take those factors into consideration. Studies show its more cost effective to do preventive or predictive or maintenance on a machine to improve its long-term reliability.

Improve its long-term reliability, you catch problems before they actually happen. The way to do that and catching the problem is do visual checks. To do air tests to make sure the flow of air coming in and out of panels is correct and the heat is being dissipated.

Because that’s one of the killers for a lot of machines. We’re doing temperature checks again to check the heat. Check voltages on things that change over time.

By doing this you reduce the risk of the machine going down. If you reduce the risk, you reduce the cost.

Because its costly to have a downed machine especially when the production is a hot job for a customer that needs to go out right now and the machine is now down and its going to take time to fix it.

Also, having a maintenance program is flexible allows you to determine when that machine can be offline and for how long. Because murphy strikes and it breaks, you don’t have to choice.

Also this maintenance can help you understand what the spares needed are. Spares management, replace things before they break when they need it and they’re aging or slowing down or not working well is a lot better than when they fail.

We’d like to help with that and your maintenance plan. We’d be happy to come and look at your machines; help you develop one, help you work at one.

Another cost effective thing that you can do is outsource the people that are coming into do the program. We could be those people for you.

For more information just go to InnovativeIDM.com look under field
service, you can also give me a call at our office or one of the field service managers will be happy to talk with you.

After all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Clean Electrical Panels Save Money

April 26, 2014

Hi, I’m Adam Ring with Innovative IDM.
You ever walked up to a control panel and it just looks like a complete rat’s nest in there? Do you ever wonder what would be the value in having a nice clean control panel and how can that save you money?

Well, There’s three main reasons:
Number 1 – It’s going to last longer.
Number 2 – It’s going to be a lot easier to troubleshoot in the end.
Number 3 – It’s going to be a lot easier to repair if something were to break.

Now let’s take a closer look inside this panel you’ll notice that there are labels on every device that identify it according to what it’s called out on the schematic.

Also, every single wire that terminates into a terminal block has a label on the wire that actually matches the label on the terminal block. So, if that wire was ever to come out or you had to replace a component, it would be very easy to make sure that it gets placed back in the right location.

Also, if you just take a look at the general wiring in this panel you’ll see that everything is very nice and neat and very organized and just has a really nice look to it.

Wires transition from the door inside the panel you notice there’s spiral wrap that add an extra layer of protection so that if the wires rub against the door from being opened and closed it makes sure that it doesn’t wear through the insulation and cause electrical problems.

Finally, you’ll notice that there’s also stainless steel hardware that’s mounting each of these devices to the panel and that’s what gives that extra longevity so that it doesn’t break down over time due to corrosion.

So, remember a clean panel is more than just looking good, its going to help save money by lasting longer, being easier to troubleshoot and easy to repair.

So, if you’d like to learn more about how Innovative IDM can help you build clean control panels visit our website http://innovativeIDM.com and if you’d like we could have you in for
a tour and show you around the place.

Remember, Innovative the home of the legendary customer experience!

The Advantage Of Using A UL508A Shop

April 12, 2014

Hi, Adam Ring here with Innovative IDM. I want to take a few minutes to talk about UL508A which is basically Underwriters Laboratories and it’s a standard for industrial control panel design.

What’s it all about? Basically, the idea is you want to be able to
make sure that your control panel is safe, it uses good design practices, it has circuit protection and make sure that certain steps or precautions are taken to make sure that the thing doesn’t catch on fire when something goes wrong.

At the end of the day, basically you need a supplier who’s UL508 a certified that can make sure all those things are covered and eventually put a sticker inside your control panel that says that it meets all those requirements.

Now, you could go and do this yourself if you like and a lot of people do…

The challenge is you end up basically paying an annual fee and then a quarterly inspection fee and if you’re not really having a demand for a lot of control panels that are you UL508a it ends up being quite expensive for just getting a very little bit of use.

So, one of the things that Innovative IDM can do for you is build UL508a control panels when necessary. We go through all the certifications and pay all the fees so that we can serve customers like you and make sure that you get what you need in a timely manner.

If you’d like to learn more about how Innovative IDM can help you with your UL508a control panel needs, check us out at InnovativeIDM.com after all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Be sure to visit our knowledge Center – http://www.innovativeidm.com/Resources.aspx

Innovative IDM
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Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

 

“Things, they are a changing”

April 4, 2014

When you walk through the Dallas Manufacturing department, there are many examples of improvements that have been made throughout the last year.

Here is what the Quality Control area looked like as of yesterday.

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In the spirit of lean manufacturing, there have been some new changes to the QC area.

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Embrace the Team Player Mentality!

April 3, 2014

No panel is too big, no cable assembly is too small!

Dallas Shop Ready for Action!

IIDM Panel Shop Ready for Action!!

6 Months running with 95% On Time Delivery & 99% Error Free Products shipped to our customers…

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