OEMs don’t change panel builders without a good reason. They actually look for reasons not to change because it can get complicated. Sometimes not being able to find a reason not to change is a good reason to change.
You choose how to read the signs. You can pay attention or ignore the signs. Either way, you’ll know why and when you’re ready to change. The Top 3 Reasons why Equipment Manufacturers change panel builders.
- They’re not adding value to our business
- It seems like they’re charging too much for what they provide
- We feel like they’re the source of too many problems
Changing panel builders can help
When you decide the time has come and you’re ready to change, changing panel builders can help. Keep your reasons for changing in mind as you search and be prepared to take the leap of faith when you find the right one.
You have plenty of choices. There are ~5,000 UL 508A Panel Builders to choose from and no two are alike. Most panel builders are small and service their local market and specialize in a specific market segment (Process Controls, Building Controls, Machine Controls, etc.).
Know what you want
Figuring out what you want is often the hardest part. If you’re having trouble that’s normal. If you need a little help see our Control Panel Builder guide for OEMs. When you figure out what you want you can decide which panel builder can best delivery what you want. The Top 3 things Equipment Manufacturers want from a panel builder
- 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||Beter 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||Your Answer||Less Expensive|