Electrical Control panel builders can help an equipment manufacturer’s entire business process from Product Development through Support. The Top 3 things OEMs say they want control panel builders to help them do are
- Increase capability without adding people
- Reduce cost
- Eliminate problems
Deciding which electrical control panel builders to use can be complicated when you’re an equipment manufacturer. Control panels are secondary to your equipment so their priority is naturally lower. Deciding which panel builder to use is often based on three questions with one of three outcomes.
- Be our own electrical control panel builders ?
- Use local electrical control panel builders ?
- Analyze our needs and find the right electrical control panel builder ?
In the past your choice of electrical control panel builders was limited by geography for practical reasons. The Internet and improved shipping have removed this practical limitation, but most companies prefer using local resources where possible. If you’re still local and wondering if it’s your best choice, take the time to do the analysis.
How do you choose the right control panel builder ? First, take the time to figure out what you want from one. This is often the hardest part. When you figure out what you want, talk with or visit prospective electrical control panel builders and decide which one can best delivery what you want.
1 • Think about your brand model
Equipment manufacturers generally use one of the following brand models based on their equipment and market. What they want from a panel builder depends on their brand model.
A) We provide configurable equipment with a just in time approach to sales, design and production to optimize flexibility, cost, and delivery. We’re lean and efficient when control panel builders help our entire business process from Product Development through Support.
B) We provide fixed equipment with an inventory approach to sales to optimize cost and delivery. We’re lean and efficient when a panel builder provides the lowest panel cost into inventory .
2 • Think about your business model
Equipment manufacturers generally provide the following panel type(s) based on their business model. What they want from a panel builder depends on depends on their business model.
A) We provide Engineered Control Panels designed and produced one at a time to customer order. They’re part of our just in time approach to sales, design and production to optimize flexibility, cost, and delivery.
- We offer standard (Voltage, Horsepower, Options, etc.) equipment configurations.
- Customers can request non-standard equipment configurations.
- Before we quote our equipment we like to get a hard panel quote.
- When we submit our equipment for approval we like to include the panel submittal.
- We like to order panels after our customer has approved our panel submittal.
- We need support when panel questions or problems arise.
B) We provide Pre-Engineered Control Panels designed and produced in high volume for the lowest possible cost. They’re part of our inventory approach to sales to optimize cost and delivery.
- Our equipment has a fixed design.
- We order / ship panels into / from inventory.
- We provide limited panel support.
3 • Verify your control panel builder choice
Before you make your decision verify they provide what you want. Don’t assume anything. Go see their facility and meet their people. Get them to show you their process. Prepare a list of questions. Ask about their history, business focus, etc. If you sell configurable equipment with engineered control panels add these questions to your list.
- How fast can you produce a Quotation ?
- How fast can you produce Submittal Documentation for customer Review and Approval ?
- Can I place my order after Submittal Approval and Release to Production by my customer ?
- What is your Standard Delivery time after Submittal Approval and Release to Production ?
- What are your Standard Shipping terms and do you Ship Anywhere in the US and Canada ?
- Are you cULus certified (UL508A) for the US and Canada ?