Repair or replace

Repair or replace your switchgear lineup: Four things to consider

Repair or replace? It’s a question repeatedly faced by plant engineers and maintenance managers. For power distribution equipment, there are four important considerations when making that decision.

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motor controller

Choose the right combination motor controller type for your next panel

Combination Motor Controller (CMC) provide the four essential elements of motor branch circuit protection and control. Panel builders should understand the benefits and drawbacks of the five most popular CMC types.

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food and beverage

Three ways the right panel components can reduce stress in food and beverage facilities

Most panel components are sourced based on electrical or functional specs, and then cost. But there are other factors to consider. Learn about three surprising benefits panel builders can realize by making smart component selections for food and beverage facilities.

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backup-power control system

Boost the reliability of your backup-power control system

Facility managers with backup-power systems are like skydivers; they can’t know if the backup actually works until they need it. Using smart devices in power-control-system panels greatly increases backup-power system reliability.

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automatic transfer switch

3 things to think about when selecting an automatic transfer switch

The automatic transfer switch has moved from a relatively mundane role in power distribution and control systems to being a major player. Read about three traits to consider to ensure you select the right ATS for your application.

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UL845 motor control centers panel

Could you get into the UL845 motor control centers panel market?

Providing UL845 motor control centers represents a step up the value chain for UL508 panel shops. But that step up into a new and potentially profitable market requires a smaller step than you might think.

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Streamlining panel design

Streamlining panel design equals higher SCCR


Sean Ghoddoucy, Segment Manager, National Alliance Accounts, ABB
Daniel Lightsey, ABB Ability(TM), Smart Power

Panels with higher AIC / SCCR ratings provide superior safety, helping protect employees and equipment while avoiding production losses and scrap. OEM machine builders and panel builders can pursue several paths to achieve those higher ratings.

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Digital tools for finding and buying panel components

Digital tools for finding and buying panel components


Molly Hannigan
OEM Sales Manager
ABB Electrification Business

The pandemic greatly increased the use by manufacturers and distributors of digital and online tools to stay in touch with customers. Panel builders are using these digital tools for finding and buying panel components needed to keep production on track.

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energy management systems

3 big benefits of an energy management system


Kevin Jordan
Market Development Manager
ABB AbilityTM

For facilities where power is critical and costly facility owners and managers rely on energy management systems (EMS) to better control their power distribution devices. Increased control is just one of three benefits of an EMS.

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short circuit current ratings

4 Steps to calculate short circuit current ratings in industrial control panels

short circuit current ratings

Daniel Lightsey
ABB Ability(TM), Smart Power

Marcelo E. Valdes
PE, IEEE Fellow Applications Eng. Manager
ABB Electrification Products Industrial Solutions

Short circuit current ratings (SCCR) are a critical specification when designing industrial control panels. Determining the appropriate SCCR actually requires no calculations. Instead, there is a simple, four-step process to follow.

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