||Panelboards Are Getting Smarter
The breakers or fuses in a panelboard provide critical protection for
both occupants and maintenance staff, by helping mitigate dangerous
short-circuit and overcurrent conditions that could otherwise result in
electrical fires or life-threatening injuries. But, as a common meeting
point for multiple building circuits, panelboards also offer options for
building owners and managers to learn more about how those circuits are
being used. As the latest generation of products illustrates, the
Internet of Things is now arriving at a panelboard near you.
||Taking the Heat Out of Motor Control Centers
Motor control centers (MCCs) are an essential element in today’s modern
manufacturing environments. Since their origin in the 1930s as a means
for ganging the controls for multiple motors into a central location,
motor control centers have become significantly more complex,
incorporating communications and safety functions, along with basic
controls. As a result, MCCs can become space hogs in some manufacturing
floors, and the heat generated inside each control module can
necessitate expensive cooling arrangements.
||Load Center Considerations
Most electricians consider load centers as a basic commodity. They may
consider their supply house choice more important than the load center
brand. So they may choose whatever their favorite distributor has on the
shelf. That does not give load center manufacturers much incentive to
add new features every year.
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