The UL508A industrial control panels are industry standard when it comes to controlling devices that your business in Denver must adhere to. Technically speaking, they are a special type of system that contains a minimum of two electrical circuits, control system, or a mix of the two. They are subject to the guidelines crafted by the NEC to ensure safety at work and business.
This panel has a wide use in the business setup such that it can be employed to provide to turn a system on or off. Some of the common systems that use it are auxiliary devices, motor controllers, office systems, refrigeration units, production equipment, and more. In a way, it also provides a means to disconnect to the source of power in case of an emergency. This is an effective way to ensure the safety of a business, especially if the production line uses high-risk machines. With just a single push, the entire system can shut down to prevent any accidents or avoid incurring expensive damages.
In most cases, the panel is customized based on the need of the business. For instance, if it is used for the office system like the air-conditioning system or the computer network system, it can be retrofitted to perform such tasks. There are simpler systems such as motor pumps or cranes that they can control as well, which require minimal to no retrofitting at all.
Three common types of panel
There are three common types of this panel that are used in the business setup. It is important to know these types to understand their functions and to help you decide which one will work best for your business.
1. Industrial Control Panel Enclosure
This type is used for those that require control over heavy machinery because they are governed by a special guideline set by the NEC. Once these are integrated into the production area, they need to be re-evaluated for safety and compliance with the special guideline. The re-evaluation process can be tedious to ensure 100% safety of its use and implementation. It may take time to finish the entire re-evaluation process but doing so can greatly help in ensuring business safety.
2. Enclosed Industrial Control Panel
As the name suggests, this type contains electrical circuitry inside a protective enclosure. Usually, once the electrical circuitry is integrated inside the enclosure, the entirety of it is installed on a wall. This ensures that the whole system is fully closed from all sides with a wall also serving as part of the enclosure. Upon installation, the system is inspected to ensure safety.
3. Open Industrial Control Panel
On the contrary with the enclosed industrial control panel, this one has all the components out in the open. In a way, the system can have a partial enclosure but oftentimes, the wires and other components are just “out there.” Usually, this is done if the controller that needs to be installed is too big to fit in a single enclosure or case. Still, there are safety checks done on this type of panel.