In an electrical control panel, a control component is any logic device in a control circuit. In their simplest form they’re discrete components (relays, timers) that perform one logic function. In their more advanced form they’re a package of components that can perform many logic functions. Below are the control components we regularly use and recommend. Feel free to call and discuss any of our recommendations or give us your recommendations.
Best Control Relay recommendation
A control relay is the simplest discrete control component. Its coil (logic input) can be energized (logical 1) and de-energized (logical 0) and its contacts change state based on its coil. We generally order them with 1, 2, and 4 pole double throw contacts. We order the 2, and 4 pole version with four options 1) Momentary manual operator, 2) Maintained manual operator, 3) Coil Energized Indicator, 4) Contact State flag to simplify shop and field testing. We regularly use and recommend the following control relays.
- Allen Bradley 700-HL Terminal Block Relays
- Square D RXM Plug-In Relays
- Square D RPM Plug-In Power Relays
Best Timing Relay recommendation
A Timing Relay is the next simplest discrete electrical control device. They are control relays with built-in timers to control when their contacts change state. Timing relays can be ordered as a single function device or as multi-function devices that can be configured to operate as 1) On Delay, 2) Off Delay, 3) One Shot, 4) Flasher, ) 5 Asynchronous Repeat Cycle Timer. We regularly use and recommend the following control relays.
- Square D REXL Plug-In Timer
- Square D RE17RMMU Synchronous Timer
- Square D RE17RLMU Asynchrounous Timer
- Square D RE48 Plug-In Timer
Best PLC recommendation
A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is like a collection of discrete components (relays, timers, etc.) in a package. PLCs are packaged in various forms and can range in price from under $100 to several thousand dollars. We regularly use and recommend the following PLCs.