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Material Handling Control Systems: UL control panel design : electrical controls systems
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UL Electrical Control Panel Design - Material Handling Control System

The effectiveness of an automated material handling system is predominantly reliant upon the controls that run the system.  If the conveyor system is the lifeblood of the distribution center, then the control system is the brain.  With this mindset, part of TriFactor's time-tested solution process includes utilizing in-house electrical engineers for the design of the UL 508(a) Industrial Control Panels followed by manufacturing of the panel in our Underwriter's Laboratory certified panel building shop.  This process allows the electrical control design engineers to interact with the electricians effortlessly in order to build cabinets to the appropriate specifications, as well as test them prior to shipping. The end result is simple - a faster and more efficient testing and startup process, so the material handling system can be delivered to the customer on time! 

Complex material handling systems that integrate and control conveyors, scanners, labelers, checkweigh scales, photo eyes, shipping sorters and many related devices have industrial control cabinets containing hundreds of components and thousands of wires.  Therefore, a properly designed cabinet is fully tested prior to shipment ensuring delays are avoided.  PLC programs and HMI Touchscreens  mounted to the cabinet can also be programmed and tested in advance of shipping instead of in the field; further proving TriFactor delivers a wonderful advantage when it comes to a material handling electrical control system startup being done properly with minimal delays.   

Benefits to TriFactor's UL Electrical Control Panel Development Process

  • Accuracy - The Underwriter's Laboratory 508(a) certification satisfies NFPA Code, which is recognized by most, if not all, municipalities as the standard for Industrial Control Cabinets.
  • Collaborative - The electrical controls engineers work closely with the electricians building the control panels to ensure compliance and accuracy. 
  • Reliable - Prior to shipment, all of the thousands of terminal connections are tested, the PLC code is downloaded and the HMI program is installed.
  • Efficient - Eliminating field work and the use of subcontractors, the testing and acceptance process of the material handling electrical control system is much quicker and more efficient. 

Over the past 25 years, TriFactor has selected to innovate rather than replicate traditional material handling system delivery methods and services.  Our unique solution process is called the TriFactor Edge.  If you’re looking for an Edge on your competition, discover how TriFactor can make a difference with your material handling control systems, call today at 1-800-507-4209.

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