Electrical & Control Panels

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy
December 28, 2016

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

This report further investigates the effects of AI-driven automation on the U.S. job market and economy, and outlines recommended policy responses.

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency
November 04, 2016

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS
This article should help users determine the accurate efficiency and thus the power losses of a power supply

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Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments
December 06, 2015

Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments

By Stahlin
Harsh environments similar to those found in water and wastewater facilities can affect the ability of an electrical enclosure to protect the controls contained within, leading to a multitude of problems.

Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers
June 18, 2015

Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers

By Harting
Many equipment manufacturers have switched from point-to-point (hard) wiring to connector-based cable assemblies in factory and process automation and control systems. Adopting progressive connectivity solutions has improved their unit costs and productivity.

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Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification
June 15, 2015

Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification

By MicroMotion
Inaccurate measurements and process oversights can result in imperfect product, decreased output, non-compliance with industry regulations and requirements, and unscheduled downtime. This trend report explores how Smart Meter Verification can help you not only minimize downtime and confirm the accuracy of your measurements, but also cut costs and maintain compliance.

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking
June 15, 2015

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking

By Intertec
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating
December 04, 2014

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating

By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.

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Connectors outperform hardwiring
September 22, 2014

Connectors outperform hardwiring

By Harting
Industrial connectors or hardwiring? More and more machine builders comparing the cost of using both wiring approaches in their operations find connectors more economical and practical.

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Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings
August 06, 2014

Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings

By Tim Senkbeil, Lumberg Automation
Businesses in industrial settings require cabling components that are built to last, and can be depended upon. This white paper outlines the specific challenges connected systems face in extreme industrial settings, the benefits of new solutions that help maintain uptime, and steps and strategies for finding the best products.

Group Motor Protection
July 07, 2014

Group Motor Protection

By Brent Purdy, AutomationDirect
Group motor protection provides numerous benefits. It’s economical because one protection device handles multiple motors. Here’s how to satisfy the NEC requirements for group motor installations.

Move forward by using metric
June 11, 2014

Move forward by using metric

By Harting
Different national units of measurement are used for industrial wiring, cable glands and connector entries, and in particular, threading. Companies competing in global markets have to consider adopting a single unit of thread management rather than maintain different ones for different markets

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Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures
January 24, 2014

Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures

By David Marin, Noren Products
Electronics for automation, process controls, drives and PLCs have become more common in NEMA enclosures. The thermal management of these electronic enclosures has become very important in protecting expensive components, as well as the cost of cooling these enclosures.

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications
December 04, 2013

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications

By Noren Products
Thermal management of electronic enclosures is important to protect automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs. The water industry has a unique advantage with its ability to employ easily available sources of water for use in air to water panel coolers.

Control Panel Optimization
September 25, 2013

Control Panel Optimization

By Panduit
Explains five key elements to consider when setting up a control panel: space optimization, noise mitigation, environmental protection, security and safety.

The Costs Of Poor Power Quality
September 20, 2013

The Costs Of Poor Power Quality

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By Fluke
Power quality problems can cause processes and equipment to malfunction or shut down. And the consequences can range from excessive energy costs to complete work stoppage. Obviously, power quality is critical.

Bonded Pair Cable: Does it Have a Place in Factory Automation?
August 02, 2013

Bonded Pair Cable: Does it Have a Place in Factory Automation?

By Turck
This white paper provides an overview of twisted pair cable, examines the use of bonded pair cables, and compares bonded pair to non-bonded pair cable with detailed examples of cable flex and its effect on the cable itself.

White Paper Compares Assembled and Overmolded Cordsets
March 05, 2013

White Paper Compares Assembled and Overmolded Cordsets

By Turck
White paper identifies the differences between assembled and overmolded technologies, offers a comparison of the cordsets, and provides a detailed description of the advantages of overmolded cordsets.

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Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring
January 14, 2013

Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring

TURCK announces its latest white paper, Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring: Selecting a Connectivity System For Your Industrial Application. Providing a detailed comparison between quick disconnect and hard-wiring systems, the white paper assists readers in selecting the ideal connectivity system for their industrial applications.

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance
November 19, 2012

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance

By Cory Jenkins and Richard Carlson, Harting

Connectorization can save significant amounts of time and money in fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment of all types. Think seriously about adding connectors at appropriate locations on wiring and cable runs, instead of hard wiring those connections.

September 30, 2012

Stack Light Engineering Reference Guide

Automation.com, September 2012
By Lee Clore, Onyx Industries
There are many uses for Stack Lights (aka: Light Towers, Tower Lights, Signal Lights, AndOn Lights, Indicator Lights, etc). This paper some simple considerations to take into account when applying Stack Lights.

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July 10, 2012

Unified Physical Infrastructure Solutions for Industrial Automation

Automation.com, July 2012

By Dan McGrath and Michael Berg, Panduit

Electrical noise is one of the core issues affecting the performance and reliability of industrial control systems and the real-time information they provide. Here’s how to mitigate noise in control panel environments.

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Identifying Tray Cables for Your Next Installation
May 07, 2012

Identifying Tray Cables for Your Next Installation

Automation.com, May 2012

By TURCK

Identifying Tray Cables for Your Next Installation helps operators in defining, selecting and understanding tray cable uses and standards.

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April 16, 2012

Changes to the NFPA70E Standard 2012 Edition

Automation.com, April 2012

By Merson

NFPA 70E is the standard for electrical safety in the workplace, and explains in detail how to prevent electrical hazards. The white paper identifies and explains some of the key changes.

March 25, 2012

Making Wiring Easier – Push-in Terminal Blocks for Modular Machine Designs

By Gordon Busch, Phoenix Contact

Push-in terminal blocks not only reduce wiring time and operator fatigue, but also meet the stringent safety requirements of the machine building industry.

Spring Connection Terminals offer Cost Savings on the Floor and in the Field
January 19, 2012

Spring Connection Terminals offer Cost Savings on the Floor and in the Field

Automation.com, January 2012

By John Bisson, Mencom

Spring connection terminals offer ease of use and cost savings. The spring clamp termination eliminates concerns of loosening or disconnecting often associated with classic screw-type connections.

Enclosures for hazardous areas: understanding the differences
January 19, 2012

Enclosures for hazardous areas: understanding the differences

Automation.com, January 2012

By Gary Johnson, COOPER Crouse-Hinds UK

When it comes to specifying enclosures for hazardous area electrical applications, engineers must ensure they fully understand IP protection ratings, as well as the implications of modifying an Exd or Exe enclosure prior to or after installation.

September 29, 2011

Advantages of Power Modules Compared to Discrete Solutions

Automation.com, September 2011

By Vincotech

System developers are becoming increasingly aware that the selection of power devices for remotely-sited applications is critical.

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Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership
September 28, 2011

Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership

Automation.com, October 2011
By Michael. A Stout, Falcon Electric
UPS selection is so large that consumers are often misled into buying a UPS on price alone, without fully understanding what they are buying or available options. For industrial applications, users face a costly learning experience if they buy a UPS on cost alone. Here’s what you need to know about buying a UPS.

May 03, 2011

Terminal Blocks with Push-In Technology Save Time

By Gordon Busch, Phoenix Contact

The newest generation of terminal blocks features push-in technology (PIT), which simplifies wiring and reduces installation time.

March 21, 2011

Deploying intelligent power supplies to save energy

By Ken Allwine, Phoenix Contact

Today’s high-end power supplies are based on advanced primary switch mode power supply (PSMPS) technology. This improves the energy conversion process to the level where many power supplies boast efficiency levels of 93 percent or better.

Find More Space in Your Control Panel
March 15, 2011

Find More Space in Your Control Panel

By Eaton

Optimize your panel designs. Learn options for distributing loads in industrial control panels and how to safely apply them, while adhering to Underwriters Laboratories® standard 508A and National Electrical Code®, NFPA® 70-2011.

February 05, 2011

Know Your High-flex-life Cable

By Northwire

Cable designed to survive 10 million to 20 million flexing cycles is high-flex-life cable. It’s different from high-flex cable, which is designed to be supple and highly flexible. High-flex-life cable may actually feel stiffer than high-flex cable. The two products are distinctly different and mutually exclusive.

February 05, 2011

Out of the Frying Pan and onto the Cable

By Northwire

Fluoropolymers possess special electrical properties and have a high resistance to solvents, acids and bases. These and other characteristics make fluoropolymers ideal materials for use in the manufacture of wire and cable products.

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February 05, 2011

Selecting the Right Cable for FOUNDATION fieldbus Control Networks

By Northwire

FF-844 is the new Fieldbus Foundation cable compliance specification. FF-844 includes the electrical requirements of ISA 50.02 and IEC 61158, but it also contains some additional requirements, which help you know your cable is the right cable for use in FOUNDATION fieldbus control networks.

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January 19, 2011

An Introduction to K-Rated Transformers

By SolaHD

The "K-Factor" conveys a transformer's ability to serve varying degrees of nonlinear loads without exceeding the rated temperature rise limits.

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January 01, 2011

Non-metallic Enclosures in Outdoor Environments

By Hoffman

Enclosures can house electronic controls and electrical systems in outdoor applications, protecting sensitive components from extreme environments and hazards such as water, chemicals, temperatures, dust and dirt.

Thru-Panel Voltage Detection Fits NFPA 70E and CSA Z462
October 07, 2010

Thru-Panel Voltage Detection Fits NFPA 70E and CSA Z462

By Philip Allen, Grace Engineered Products

Is a thru-panel voltage detector a safety device or just another electrical gizmo? The answer is both.

What Makes MV Indicators Suitable for Electrical Safety?
October 05, 2010

What Makes MV Indicators Suitable for Electrical Safety?

By Grace Engineered Products

Medium voltage indicators (2K-43KVolts) offer positive benefits because they keep workers away from voltage and provide an answer to the 'Is there voltage?' question.