Panelboards and Switchgear Information Panelboards and switchgear are electrical distribution devices that convert incoming electrical power into several smaller circuits and provide overload protection in the form of fuses or circuit breakers. Fuses contain a metallic element that melts when current exceeds specific amperage. Circuit breakers are mechanical switching devices that break currents under specified, abnormal circuit conditions. Some switches are manually controlled. Others are used...
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We asked our users for their input on Panelboards and Switchgear. Here are the results of 93 users familiar with Panelboards and Switchgear.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing panelboard and switchgear design?
15 answers
Answers:
Protective relay micro processors vacuum circuit breakers gas circuit breakers SF6 arc proof switchgear
~Electrical Specialist,
PLC Controls,Telemetry controls system, DCS, Field bus technology, ATS with programmable CPU.
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
Customer friendly, ease of service, clean and safe design, and compact
~Technical Support/Services, RICHMOND, Canada
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative panelboards and switchgear?
17 answers
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- Emerson, Honeywell, Seimen, Allen Bradly -Eaton Cutler Hammer and ABB
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
Cummins Power Generation, ASCO (Emerson Electric)
~Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
~Jim M, Marketing/Sales, Medina, OH
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used panelboards and switchgear for?
21 answers
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Panelboards for lighting and power distribution, indoor and outdoor, also for classified locations. Switchgears for power distribution from 480V to 34.5kV indoor.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia
Com panels, protection panels, HMI panels and motor protection panels in every scheme imaginable for utility, industrial, healthcare, education, wind, solar, etc.
~Jim M, Marketing/Sales, Medina, OH
LV Panels in Cement Plants, Steel Plants, Gas Turbines, Thermal Power Plants, Oil Power plants, Infrastructure - Buildings, Street Lighting.
~Ramesh K, Manufacturer, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that panelboards and switchgear have been used for.
5 answers
Answers:
We use fuse in front of breaker just for easy replacement during operation.
~Tom Z, Engineer, Chengdu, China
LV Control for ladle crane in steel mill
~Ramesh K, Manufacturer, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Generally all applications as standard
~SRINIVASAN IYER I, Research & Development, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of panelboards and switchgear?
8 answers
Answers:
Ground truck configured for bus ground mistakenly racked in to live bus in attempt to ground incomer from generator.
~Electrical Specialist,
Arc Fault correction is a feature which is not available in all manufacturer products.
~Mahdi J, Sales Manager, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Pulling out the breaker during operation, which causes splash and hurting.
~Tom Z, Engineer, Chengdu, China
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
13 answers
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Arc proof current limiting selectivity in switching windows for thermal imaging led indication lamps test station for circuit breakers test switches for relays
~Electrical Specialist,
Clean and easy buss onnection and swich compartment ease of installation and alteration to size 0f amperage
~Technical Support/Services, RICHMOND, Canada
1.FREE MAINTANCE PANEL BOARDS (LIFE LONG WARRENTY) 2.CORD LESS REMOTE CONTROLLED PANEL BOARD.
~SASIKUMAR. B., Engineer, DUBAI, U.A.E
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of panelboards and switchgear?
7 answers
Answers:
Safe design and reliable design from operator's point of view and equipment safety.
~SRINIVASAN IYER I, Research & Development, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
Yes, buy products from trusted manufacturers who always follow quality standards.
~Denis Estrella, Builder/Contractor, Davao City, Philippines
1. With out warranty don't buy. 2 All safety controls check personally.
~SASIKUMAR. B., Engineer, DUBAI, U.A.E
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using panelboards and switchgear?
7 answers
Answers:
Before buy or use : 1. test over voltage or under voltage function. 2. check the short circuit calculation. 3. check torque of tightness. 4. don't wait product/ components certifications do your own testing and check whether it should give good efficiency to your requirement. p
~SASIKUMAR. B., Engineer, DUBAI, U.A.E
Have equipped spaces for spares use current limiting to reduce required space mimic on front of switchgear remote switching and indication easy to read identification tags
~Electrical Specialist,
As a representative for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories I am biased, but they can provide project support from design to commissioning with the best warranty offered.
~Jim M, Marketing/Sales, Medina, OH
Should be type tested and certified. Preferred from the Original Brand Factory.
~Mahdi J, Sales Manager, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Take care for the quality of the products which are to be used.
~Engineering, Consulting, Baghdad, Iraq
Yes, choose only those that pass quality standards.
~Denis Estrella, Builder/Contractor, Davao City, Philippines
Safety, the most important
~SRINIVASAN IYER I, Research & Development, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE


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