In this current climate, control panel designers have to factor in the use of energy efficient components. In addition to the environmental benefits, the savings that can be made from energy efficient control panel design, such as employing lower heat generating components are extremely beneficial to a business.
Tackling the challenge of power consumption in any power distribution technology has to be at the design and specification phase. This could focus on a single component, such as a contactor with a universal service coil. This provides energy reduction via a combination of electro and permanent magnets, which requires less energy to hold and close the contacts.
This is changing how control panel builders and designers operate. In order to stay competitive in the market, panels have to be smarter, better connected and more efficient; with a high level of flexibility and safety. Customers are demanding less energy consumption, better quality and higher performance.
Small changes that could make a big difference
Try to consider the following when designing and specifying components for a control panel:
- Choice of contactors: As I discussed earlier, low-consumption contactors or contactors for specific functions can significantly increase energy efficiency, thanks to a reduced number of power contacts and very low energy consumption of the control circuit.
- Choice of HMI (graphic terminals & panels): The management of backlights in HMI panels can save 65% of the power they consume, for example by powering off the display when the machine is in idle mode. They can also be used to monitor the energy consumption of a component or machine and log that data for analysis at a later date.
- Controller sizing: Controllers that are properly sized to the application at hand will also help reduce energy consumption.
- Use of LEDs: LED technology offers a low-consumption alternative to incandescent lights in push buttons and indicator lights, but are typically brighter for improved indication.
- Power Factor Correction: Positioning machines closer to the source of power optimizes energy usage – and helps end users avoid penalties and pollution in the electrical network.
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If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on What makes a good control panel?, 5 Reasons to Use Controlsforce and Control Panel Design Starts With a Company You Can Trust.