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 most equipment manufacturers change panel builders are.
- 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
If you want to change panel builders you have many options. There are ~5,000 UL 508A Panel Builders to choose from and no two are alike. Most are small and service their local market. Most also specialize in a specific market segment (Process Controls, Building Controls, Machine Controls, etc.).
When you decide the time has come and you’re ready to change, changing panel builders can help. Keep the reasons why you’re changing in mind as you search for a new one. Be prepared to take the leap of faith when you find a panel builder that provides what you want.
What do 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 Electrical Control Panel Builders can help. When you figure out what you want you can decide which panel builder can best delivery it. The top 3 things most equipment manufacturers want from a panel builder are
- 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|