5 Reasons to Use a UL508A Custom Electrical Control Panel Shop for Industrial Control Solutions

Using a certified UL508A panel shop to build electrical control panels saves electrical control system designers time and money.
By: Lynn Weberg
July 7, 2010 - PRLog -- Having an industrial electrical control panel rejected by a municipal electrical inspector because it does not meet national and local electrical codes can be an expensive lesson in time and money for an electrical contractor. The best practice to prevent this is to use only panel builders certified by Underwriters Laboratory under the UL508A Industrial Control Panel Program.

Here are 5 reasons to outsource electrical control panels from a UL508A certified panel builder:

1. The organization behind the UL Listing Mark.

Underwrites Laboratories Inc (UL) is the organization behind the UL Listing Mark. UL is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization designed to provide independent third party certification that a product meets the highest safety standards. As an independent technical expert entity, UL does not have any interest in the product profitability and is solely focused on whether reasonably inherent safety risks with the electrical panel use are eliminated or minimized.

2. Electrical Inspectors look for the UL Listing Mark.

UL 508A certification is what electrical inspectors want to see. This provides the inspection authority and your customer evidence that the panel complies with nationally recognized safety standards. These standards ensure public safety, confidence and provide assurances that the electrical control panel is compliant with national and local electrical codes.

3. The Panel Builder is subject to periodic inspections.

Panel builders that carry the UL508A certification are subject to periodic unannounced inspections of their facilities by UL personnel. Through periodic audits of the panel builder, UL can insure the panel builder continues to meet the UL requirements for 508A certification.

4. Only UL recognized and listed components can be used.

For an electrical control panel to carry the UL 508A Listing Mark, the panel must contain only UL recognized and listed components. The UL Mark on a component means that UL has evaluated and tested samples of this component and has concluded that they meet the UL requirements. This protects the quality and integrity of the panel and provides guarantee of safe performance.

5. Underwriting Laboratory is a business partner.

UL works as a business partner with the electric control panel builder. Being UL508A certified allows the panel builder to gain market acceptance for their product, access UL´s vast technical expertise, and consolidate certification services under one organization. This benefits the end customer with higher quality, reduced costs, efficient product design to production process, and confidence in the safety of the product.
To avoid the expensive consequences of having your electrical control panel rejected by the local electrical inspector, or incurring rework costs because of substandard parts and quality when selecting an electrical control panel builder always look for one that carries the UL508A certification.

For more information about custom electrical control panel assembly from a UL508A certified panel builder visit our website at http://www.rlpco.com or email info@rlpco.com

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Palmer Company designs solutions for industrial and commercial applications in oil and gas, water and waste water, industrial control, HVAC, irrigation, mining, material handling and power plants

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