Albeit seeming like simple products, control panels have a very complex value chain and
are often unique thus making standardization very difficult. Panel builders are required
to build panels that must sustain harsh environments and drive critical assets in their customer’s facilities. Additionally, control panel requirements impose a high level of specialization and versatility: they require electrical, mechanical and automation expertise. This highly competitive environment puts a strong stress on lead time commitments and margins. Panel builder’s job is not an easy one!
This document proposes an overview of each phase of a control panel project and how the digitization of these phases can enable productivity gains across the board, thus allowing panel builders to further increase their competitiveness and customer satisfaction. Industry 4.0 approach can also offer opportunities in the tendering, engineering, manufacturing and testing phases.