5 Keys to Protecting an Industrial Control Panel Enclosure

When assessing what kind of protection is needed for an industrial control panel enclosure, there are five key factors to consider. These are ambient temperature, humidity, pollution, weather and dust. Once the effects of these factors are adequately assessed, it’s a relatively simple task to evaluate the type of enclosure that’s required and decide how to manage the internal temperature. Here's how these five key aspects affect enclosure cooling.

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6 Environmental Considerations for Industrial Control Panels

When selecting an industrial control panel, it's essential to give careful consideration to the environment where the panel will be installed. The ambient temperature, humidity, risk of exposure to water, snow or ice, and the presence of chemicals all have an impact the on specification of the enclosure and how it is cooled.

Before finalizing the specification for the enclosure, it's crucial that these environmental variables are assessed and their impact evaluated. Although there are a number of aspects to consider, they can be conveniently grouped into six categories.

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Enclosure Air Conditioners: Why You Should Spec Them in Your Equipment

Owning industrial electrical equipment can be an expensive affair. The initial cost of the equipment itself may not be that high, but the operating costs over its lifetime and the downtime to your business in the event of failure can be significant. For instance, while a standard industrial-grade 20 HP Variable Frequency Drive is priced between $1000 and $3000, the costs to your interrupted business due to a failed drive and the reduced productivity can very well run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Modern electrical equipment dissipates a lot of heat that needs to be removed to prevent the temperature from increasing too much. A simple and ideal solution for this problem is an enclosure air conditioner. Here are some reasons why you should specify a suitable enclosure air conditioner for your application:

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How to Prevent Thermal Damage with Industrial Control Panels

Control panels protect equipment from mechanical damage, as well as inclement weather, corrosive chemicals, falling particulates, and spraying liquids. However, this protection is achieved at a cost: increased exposure to heat. Thermal damage to electrical equipment can result from a number of heat sources, including hot environments and nearby industrial ovens and furnaces. High levels of heat may also be caused by enclosing the heat generating equipment in an industrial control panel along with other heat-generating components.

Excess heat can cause electrical components, such as VFDs, contactors, and power supplies, to lose efficiency—for every degree increase above the manufacturer’s specified operating temperature, efficiency can be derated by two percent. As efficiency goes down, the amount of heat generated increases, compounding the effect.

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How to Get The Most Out of Your Enclosure Fans

Using enclosure fans to cool electrical components in cabinets is simple and efficient. They are robust, inexpensive and easy to maintain, providing long term protection for vital and costly electrical equipment. Unless environmental factors that preclude the use of fans, such as excessive airborne particles or oils, exist, the ability to use enclosure fans to keep components cool is an economical solution that will reduce operating and maintenance costs.

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4 Electrical Component Cooling Best Practices

Continued miniaturization of electrical components and devices such as variable frequency drives has resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of heat generated inside electrical enclosures.

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5 Unexpected Benefits of Proper Enclosure Cooling Design


Properly designing an enclosure cooling system should keep a factory, cell tower, paper mill, oil rig, mine, or other industrial site operating without interruptions caused by catastrophic or intermittent failure of electronic components. The right design will maintain the highest possible level of performance throughout the lifetime of each component in the enclosure.

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How to Find the Most Efficient Enclosure Air Conditioner

Finding the most efficient enclosure air conditioner for your industrial application is crucial to maximizing performance and lowering long term operational costs.

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7 Times Enclosure Fans will Fail to Cool Your Electrical Components

Fans can be a cost-effective solution to maintaining safe temperatures in an enclosure. However, there are several situations for which enclosure fans will not be able to protect your electrical equipment from excess temperatures.

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Will an Air to Air Heat Exchanger Cool My Enclosure?


An air to air heat exchanger is a closed loop cooling solution with significant cooling capacity. Apart from air circulation fans, it contains no moving parts and energy consumption is extremely low, meaning annual running costs are low. Air to air heat exchangers are available for cooling NEMA 12, 4, and 4X sealed enclosures.

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