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What is an Industrial Control Panel?

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Mar 13, 2016 10:04:39 PM
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An Industrial Control Panel (ICP) is defined as “an assembly of a systematic and standard arrangement of two or more components such as motor controllers; overload relays; fused disconnect switches; and circuit breakers and related control devices including pushbutton stations, selector switches, timers, switches, and control relays, with associated wiring, terminal blocks, pilot lights and similar components.” 

Regulatory Requirements 
In the United States, Canada and the European Union, Industrial Control Panels (ICP’s) are required to meet a number of regulatory requirements including compliance to specified standards and listings. In the US, the ICP’s must comply with NEC Article 409 and section 110.3(B) and ANSI/NFPA 70. A panel without approvals which gets tagged by the local AHJ (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) can prove costly to a manufacturer.

Regulatory standards that are applicable to the ICP’s include:

  • UL508A (US)
  • CSA C22.2 No. 14 (Canada)
  • EN 60204-1 and EN 61439-1 (Europe)

Regulatory Challenges
Manufacturers mass produce as well as custom build ICP’s, making it very difficult and expensive to carry a typical listing or to utilize field evaluations for each panel. The goal of a manufacturer of ICP, especially when manufacturing a custom ICP, is to provide the most cost effective solutions based on client specifications. However, sometimes the best designed ICP’s are found to be non-compliant to regulatory requirements. A few reasons which have been cited for this non-compliance include: lack of consideration of panel application, component selection, and sometimes minor oversights.
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How can TÜV Rheinland help?
By utilizing TÜV Rheinland’s panel shop program, manufacturers can now build ICPs and apply the widely accepted and recognizable TÜV Rheinland mark. This signifies to local AHJs that the panel meets the applicable safety standard for that location. Each label is serialized, allowing interested parties to verify the validity of the label using TÜV Rheinland’s Certipedia website. Our Panel Shop program offers shops the flexibility to produce a wide variety of custom panels without the necessity to evaluate each individual panel.

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Topics: Industrial