OEMs don’t change panel builders without a good reason. They look for reasons not to change because it can get complicated. Sometimes a good reason to change is not finding a good reason not to change.
OEMs choose to recognize the need for change and action at their own pace. When it’s time they know what needs to change and why. Most equipment manufacturers change panel builders for the following reasons.
- CAPABILITY – They’re not adding value to our business
- MONEY – They’re too expensive for what they provide
- QUALITY- They’re the source of too many problems
Panel builder options
Most OEMs want UL 508A Third Party Safety Approval so there are ~5,000 options. Changing panel builders can help when you keep the reasons why you’re changing in mind as you search for a new one. When you find one that provides what you want be prepared to take the leap of faith
Panel builders are Electrical Control Panel Manufacturers so they fall into one of five basic types and specialize in one of three basic control market segments. No two are alike. When you’re ready to change panel builders and find one that provides what you want, changing panel builders can help.
What do you want ?
Figuring out what you want is often the hardest part. See Electrical Control Panel Builders can help for some things to think about. When you figure out what you want you can decide which panel builder can best delivery it. Most equipment manufacturers work with panel builders hoping to
- Increase capability without adding people
- Lower control panel costs
- Eliminate control panel problems.
Compare what you have with what you want
Everything you want to do costs money so make sure you clearly understand both. Write down all the steps you have to execute to produce your control panels along with their associated costs. Compare where you are with where you want to be. Often you see a different picture than you imagined.
|Work Segment||Current panel builder||Ideal panel builder|
|Product Development||Engineering / Sales||Your Answers||None||Less Expensive|
|Panel Design||Engineering||Answer||None||Better Designs|
|Panel Documentation||CAD / Clerical||Your Answers||None||Better Documentation|
|Panel Components||Purchasing / Inventory||Your Answers||None||Better Components|
|Panel Production||Production||Answer||None||Better Product|
|Panel Quality Control||Quality Control||Answer||None||Better Quality|
|Assembled Panels||Storage||Answer||None||Better Delivery|
|Technical Support||Engineering / Sales||Your Answers||None||Better Support|
|Total||Labor / Material||Your Answer||Less Expensive||Your Answer|