One of the world’s largest fertilizer producers was looking for ways to save space and cost without sacrificing quality and reliability, while meeting an aggressive project schedule. Panduit and the customer identified the footprint of the control panels as a significant opportunity due to the large number of panels installed for this project.
The existing enclosure design called for the use of conventional wiring ducts arranged alongside terminal blocks. By using Panduit’s PanelMax™ DIN Rail Wiring Duct, the customer was able to mount the terminal block directly onto the wiring duct. This allowed the depth of the enclosure to be utilized and therefore reduced its width. The control panel space saving solution provided by Panduit was able to reduce the enclosure footprint by 30%. The new layout also enabled faster installation and enhanced quality. In addition, because the terminal block was now directly attached to the duct via DIN rail, the length of wires were also shortened, leading to a more streamlined appearance.
Panduit’s control panel solutions offer many options for space optimization and EMI mitigation. The PanelMax™ line includes corner duct that enables wires to be routed along the inside corners of the panel, ultimately, providing 30% space savings within a control panel enclosure. With an outer shell of metal foil, the PanelMax shielded duct provides an efficient method for EMI mitigation and adds an additional 10% space savings.