||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.
||Specifying Starters for More Efficient Operation
Starters and other motor controls are like the individual building
blocks that go into a motor control center (MCC). Individually, they can
be pretty basic devices, but their size, energy use, and communications
capabilities can have a big impact on overall MCC functionality and even
facility operations. So, while controls might seem like commodity
items, it makes sense to take a little extra time to determine your
project’s priorities before placing an order.
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