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Control Panel Design, Build and Testing

The control panel design and electrical schematics documentation form the blueprint for a successful process-control system installation. Control panels are designed to meet both the needs of the equipment being housed and environmental requirements. The electrical schematics provide the means by which a process-control system is initially installed and then maintained and expanded as production needs evolve.

Uptime Automation’s project methodology, which includes creation of a Project Database, ensures that the documentation created for a project is accurate and can be readily used by maintenance personnel. To reduce your costs and maximize quality, we use standard AutoCAD drawing templates, an internally developed symbols library and Project Database-generated object attributes.

Our control-panel design experience takes into account both the internal and external factors that dictate the panel requirements, including:

  • Enclosure sizing
  • Environment: temperature, humidity
  • Heating and cooling needs
  • Atmosphere: corrosive, explosive
  • Area classification–Class I, II or III, Divisions 1 & 2
  • Explosion-proof enclosures
  • Purged enclosures
  • Intrinsically safe enclosures
  • Arc flash
  • Agency listings: UL, CSA, UE

The logical design and layout of the electrical schematics provide a useful tool not only for a seamless installation but also for ongoing maintenance and support, which are a result of incorporating the following:

  • Power One-Line diagram
  • Network One-Line Diagram
  • Control network(s): I/O, Ethernet, motors and VFDs, instruments
  • I/O wiring schematics
  • Area classification: Class I, II or III, Divisions 1 & 2
  • Panel and field wiring schematics