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Whether running electrical machines for mining applications, industrial work or manufacturing processes, installing switchgears can make your electrical equipment more effective. They can be designed to operate your electrical fuses, circuit breakers and control panels in a more efficient manner.
In fact, each switchgear works best when customised to handle your specific power applications. If you're still on the fence regarding adding switchgears to your electrical system, here are some important benefits they provide.
1. Integrating switches and circuit breakers under a common control panel
Depending on your overall electrical consumption, you may have a series of switches, circuit breakers and fuses that are designed to control specific equipment. It can be challenging to ensure that each component is working to its optimum levels when everything is separately installed. For example, energy fluctuations and variations in input/output can result in machines that operate to different standards of efficiency.
Switchgears allow you to integrate all these components under a common control panel. This means that your switchgear will have all the fuses, breakers and other electrical components running through it before they connect to various pieces of equipment. If any operational issues occur, you will have a single access point to address electrical challenges. Engineers will also have an easier time fine-tuning equipment performance.
2. Providing protection to electrical equipment
Switchgears are also used to control the flow of current across various machines. They can de-energise any connected equipment and provide a safe working environment during maintenance. Similarly, they're capable of clearing any faults that may be present downstream of your electric flow.
This ability to control electric flow protects your equipment from electrical surges and other variations in your power supply.
3. Intuitive interfaces for controlling machines
Switchgears have come a long way over the years. Newer switchgears have intuitive human machine interfaces that make them much easier to use. For example, certain switchgears have a touchscreen display that allows operators to monitor variables in real time. The display may show overall power output, incoming electrical supply and any components of the system that may be operating below acceptable standards.
These intuitive interfaces also come with smart features where connected equipment can be controlled remotely (via mobile applications).
4. Saving on energy consumption
Finally, switchgears allow you to save on your energy consumption. With better regulation of electrical current (and better performance of equipment), you can monitor how efficient your machines are and implement the necessary changes to make them more productive. The end result is cost savings and improved productivity.
Get in touch with an electrician near you to learn more about industrial electrical systems maintenance.Share