When you’ve seen an enclosed industrial control panel in Denver, you can tell pretty quickly the difference between a well-organized one and one with a poor, messy design. Wires hanging out in key areas, crowded areas, chances are that you’ve seen this before. What you may not realize is that keeping an area like this neat is only one small part of the greater area of putting together an effective control panel design. This article will cover some of the key things you want to look for when working with your facility.

For starters, let’s talk about the need for proper labeling within each control panel. Every single component that you put within a panel not only needs to be labeled, but the labels themselves need to make sense, both grammatically and in spacing. Every employee should be able to understand the exact purpose of a component as soon as they come across it.

When it comes to label syntax, things are going to vary based on exactly what you are labeling and where. For example, when it comes to power distribution wiring, the type that you would find connected to a power distribution terminal, the wire will be labeled based off of the terminal label. For other types of writing, you can just use the corresponding line number based off of the control panel’s schematics. For other components, you can just use a basic abbreviation based on the component itself, as well as the line number based on the schematics. Things like breakers and power supplies are good fits for this line of thinking.

Another thing that matters is size and space when it comes to control panels. Ideally, you want to have as much room within each space for component placement as is feasible. By doing this, it’s easier for you expand with things like terminals, PLC racks, power distribution breakers, and other things as you need them. In addition, you don’t want to forget vertical space, as this makes it easier for the panel to dissipate heat. Space at the bottom will help spare field wiring have a place to coil up.

Wireway design should be mentioned as well, as you want to give plenty of room within the panel for the right types and amounts of wireway. By taking the time to do this, there will be plenty of room for wiring within the panel and field wiring for I/O terminals. Ideally, you want to also create a setup that can account for future I/O wiring, which will be needed if you decide to add more components to the panel in the future.