The panel building industry requires both control and simplicity.

Having an organised cable management system with clear markings will make the whole work-flow process run much more efficiently.

By streamlining your panel building process through correct cable identifications you can save both space and time. This time-saving strategy also reduces the likelihood of errors in testing, routine maintenance, and repairs.

Labels should be durable enough to withstand the conditions of the target environment to avoid fading and damage that renders them unreadable.

Silver Fox has developed several suitable labels, in a range of materials that can be used in panel building, many can be printed on an ordinary office printer.

Rating plates, PCB labels, asset tracking labels, warehouse, and logistic labelling are all available. The highest quality materials and adhesives multiple surfaces can be labelled with confidence.

Industrial control panels are made up of control circuits or power circuits providing signals that direct the performance of machinery or equipment. The design process can be quite complex due to requirements of regulatory standards and safety obligations.

Hardware must be mounted on a back panel and properly wired and integrated into the machine. Unsuitable configuration can result in the malfunction of machinery and is also likely to cause unnecessary risk to operators.

Regulatory Standards Related to Industrial Control Panel Design

Many industrial control panels are still not compliant with the regulatory standards which are accepted industry wide. Compliance, however, is essential for ensuring minimal safety risks associated with installing and operating industrial equipment and machinery.

The most prominent regulations applicable to the design, manufacture, and installation of industrial control panels are below:

NEC

The National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70,  has been adopted in all 50 states in America, NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC) is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

UL 508 and UL 60947-4-1

UL 508 was one of the most important standards to recognise in America for many years, but this standard was phased out and replaced by UL 60947-4-1.

The transition was brought in to harmonize the standards from UL and other entities including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Europe. It’s worth noting that UL 508 and UL 60947-4-1 are largely the same in a technical sense but do incorporate important national differences in order to harmonise and create an international standard.

BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) sets the standards for electrical installation in the UK and many other countries. The IET co-publishes BS 7671 with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is the authority on electrical installation.

Other bodies have issued applicable standards as well, such as IEC 60204-1, which relates to the safety of machinery and electrical equipment of machines. Given the many standards applicable to specific types of industrial control panels and those intended for use in specific applications, it’s imperative to identify the appropriate standards at the beginning of the design process.

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