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Andrew Mutch Andrew Mutch Having previously worked as an aircraft technician with HM Forces, Andy is one of our Professional Services Consultants and has been with EPLAN for 10 years. Part of Andy's role is to actively analyse customers processes, develop solution concepts and workflows for customer requirements. Andy is also our resident Harness expert!

Electrical Panel Building Automation: Customisation at Scale

Author: Andrew Mutch Time to read: minute minutes

In the field of electrical panel manufacturing, technological innovation is driving efficiency and precision on an unprecedented scale. The integration of automation in the production of bespoke electrical enclosures is transforming manufacturing approaches, fusing customisation with large-scale production.

In this article, we’ll explore the advantages of automated panel production, considering how it streamlines manufacturing processes, enhances accuracy, increases production speed, and reduces the potential for human error.

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1)Reduce The Risk Of Human Error

One of the most important benefits of the automation of control panels is the decreased risk of human error. Electrical panel manufacturing is a high-stakes field - a minor mistake can have significant repercussions - so automation ensures a consistent level of quality and safety across products, irrespective of the level of complexity or customisation. Precision is critical in complying with stringent industry standards and customer expectations, making automation an essential component in modern electrical panel production.

2) Upscale Customised Panel Production

Effective customisation of electrical panels requires unique specifications and intricate designs to be met which, traditionally, required meticulous design and handiwork. Therefore, manufacturing could be time-consuming to ensure that each panel met exacting criteria and delivered flawless performance. With advances in automation technologies, however, these barriers are being eroded. Now, manufacturers can meet the growing demand for tailored solutions without sacrificing speed or quality.

3) Enhance Efficiency And Accuracy In Your Production Line

A prime example of how automation is driving efficiency and accuracy in electrical panel building is the way that electrical cables are handled. In traditional setups, routing and cutting cables were labour-intensive processes that were prone to inaccuracies and mistakes. Electrical Panel Automation, however, has revolutionised these processes. Cables routed in three dimensions can be cut to precise lengths and automatically crimped using data extracted from an electrical panel 3D model. As well as enhancing efficiency, automation significantly reduces material waste, slashing losses and increasing profits.

4) Ensure Compliance With Highly Specified Design Briefs

A critical tool in the transition to electrical panel building automation is the use of 3D models and assistance applications, such as Smart Wiring and Smart Mounting. These cutting-edge technologies act as virtual assistants, offering step-by-step instructions that guide the entire assembly process. Similar to having a resident expert over your shoulder, this ensures that each step adheres to the precise specifications stipulated in the design. 3D models and assistance applications deliver a significant reduction in errors and an increase in the efficiency of the assembly process.

5) Improve Production Through Data-Driven Insights

The data derived from engineering designs can directly inform and guide production equipment. A seamless transition from design to production will revolutionise the process by ensuring that technical specifications are accurately translated into physical components. This will reduce the likelihood of discrepancies between the design and the final product and improve product quality and performance.

6) Infuse Your Manufacturing Processes With Adaptability

Finally, the adaptability of automation is another key benefit of embracing automation. Unlike rigid, traditional manufacturing lines, automated systems can quickly adjust to different designs and specifications, while eliminating the risk of human error by reducing demand on manual processes. Enhanced flexibility is crucial in an industry in which customers’ needs and expectations are continuously evolving and regulatory standards must be consistently met.

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