Control panels for the automotive industry

Industrial Automation & Electrical Control Panels for the automotive industry

The automotive industry is a major driver for foreign direct investment in the UK due to the advanced engineering, research and development needed to support automotive manufacturing. As a result, nearly 30 companies manufacture vehicles in the UK ranging from global volume car, van, truck and bus builders to specialist niche makers. Control panels for the automotive industry therefore have become a necessary part of the manufacturing process.

The automotive industry could be considered to be among the most sustainable in the world as a result of ever-increasing automation over the past few decades. Control panels have become a fundamental part of the manufacturing process, being used to control highly varied processes including boot liner installation, floor mats, seat belts, sunroof and saloon roof, the door panel trims, the headrest covers, pump  filters, industrial insulating material, anti-rattle pads, industrial airbags, and column padding. In fact pretty much every element of automotive manufacture can now be automated utilising control panels. Depending on market trends in the automotive industry the use of control panels is highly likely to increase further in the future.

So what exactly is a Control Panel?

A control panel is a flat, often vertical, area where control or monitoring instruments are displayed.  They are found in factories to monitor and control machines or production lines Older control panels are most often equipped with push buttons and analog instruments, whereas nowadays in many cases touch screens are used for monitoring and control purposes.

Wherever users need to interface with the operations of complex machinery a control panel can be installed which allow users to monitor operations and if necessary intervene.

Within the Automotive Industry specifically, one of the main uses of control panels is to control Motor Control Centres (MCC) and the Power Distribution Centres (PDC) as outlined below.

Control panels for motor control centres (MCC)

A motor control centre (MCC) is an assembly of one or more enclosed sections having a common power bus and principally containing motor control units. These have been used since the 1950s by the automobile manufacturing industry which used large numbers of electric motors. Today they are used in many industrial and commercial applications and are often insta;;ed on the factory floor adjacent to the machinery which they control

Control panels for power distribution centres (PDC)

A power distribution centrE (PDC) is a piece of electrical equipment specifically designed to regulate the distribution of electrical power to equipment in a factory or production facility . Typically, a switchgear supplies power to the PDC which contains a transformer within its housing to step down the incoming power to a lower voltage to feed other plant including the motor control centers (MCC’s). Circuit breakers and additional protective relays will also be present on the PDC.

At DualTEC we build customized systems to our customers’ requirements and bespoke specifications. Our customers get a reliable system delivered to schedule.

However, the automotive industry is not alone in its use of control panels, and any industry where automation is at the forefront will commonly use control panels extensively for a huge variety of operations. If you need a control panel, whatever its purpose, DualTEC can build it with the minimum of fuss and with our usual strict efficiency and attention to detail.