widely used transformer was the induction coil

Getting inside the humble transformer

Transformers are a foundational component in almost every panel. While it’s a fairly straightforward device, there are probably some things you don’t know about how it works and how you should select your supplier.

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compliance with UL standards for MCCs

Three insights on ensuring compliance with UL standards for MCCs

Builders and buyers of motor control centers (MCCs) rely on standards, notably UL 845, to ensure panel safety and functionality. This article provides insights and tips to help you better understand key elements of those standards.

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Safety PLC

4 Benefits of Safety PLCs

In many applications, Safety PLCs caIn many applications, Safety PLCs can not only help ensure required safety levels but also provide process control. Panels using only a Safety PLC can be smaller and simpler, and help panel builders keep their costs lower.

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Renewable energy storage

Renewable energy storage = Big opportunities for OEMs and panel builders

The bread-and-butter business for panel builders and OEMs has been safely delivering and controlling electric power. Today, storing that energy represents a new and growing opportunity. How big is the potential and what systems are involved?

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UL duel: UL 98 or UL 508 for disconnect switches?

Choosing panel components often comes down to “What’s the lowest-cost device that meets all application requirements?” Some OEMs and panel builders answer incorrectly without a good understanding of the differences between UL 98 and UL 508.

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3 ways to help make your control panels more competitive

When selecting panel components, OEMs can boost their competitive position by looking beyond price at three other factors that can elevate the quality, reliability, functionality, and price-competitiveness of your panels.

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control panel design

Deliver innovation using these control panel builder resources

Industrial manufacturers have been expanding their online, self-service resources available to customers. This curated guide contains innovative digital resources that are helping panel builders and OEMs simplify panel design and optimize component selection.

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Surge protection devices

Why the increased need for surge protection?

Surge protection devices are evolving from being “accessories” toward “necessities.” Learn why more OEMs and panel builders are making the smart move to include these devices in their designs.

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push-in contactors

How much time and money can push-in contactors save you?

Panel builders are always looking for ways to speed production, reduce costs, and improve panel reliability. Devices equipped with push-in connectors check all three of those boxes. Use this simple tool to calculate your potential savings.

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Smarter breakers

Smarter breakers enable higher-performing panels

Some panel builders are content to offer traditional, serviceable designs. Others position themselves as higher-value providers, offering panels with more functions and performance. They often achieve that by relying on smarter breakers.

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