Category: Electrical Panels

Understanding Control Panel Enclosure Ratings

As manufacturers increasingly rely on automated and mechanical equipment to more efficiently produce products, control panels provide a reliable and effective means to control this equipment. However, because control panels contain sensitive circuitry and electronic components and are often located in dirty, wet, corrosive, or hazardous factory environments, it’s imperative that the control panel enclosure […]

Electrical Control Panels Provide Many Advantages

Technician working on electrical control panel

As industrial facilities embrace more automation, electrical controls serve to operate these machines and processes; however, to truly benefit from automation, precise and reliable control is a must. Fortunately, electrical control panels, which house the electronic components, controls and interfaces used to run modern automated facilities, simplify the method of controlling and adjusting the equipment […]

The Basics of Enhancing Safety with Electrical Control Panels

Electricity is a major safety hazard in the workplace, according to the U.S. Office of Compliance, which states that 400 employees were unable to work for 31 days or more due to electricity exposure injuries, 1,970 occupational injuries resulted from exposure to electricity and 154 fatalities occurred due to exposure to electricity in the workplace […]

A Look at the Essential Components of a Motion Control System

Motion control, a sub-field of automation, is widely used for production lines and in robotics and other equipment where it is necessary to precisely control the speed, acceleration, position and torque of individual axes of a machine. It’s important to note that motion control is actually a system made up of several essential components that […]

A Guide to Electrical Control Panels

If a product came from an automated assembly line, then an electrical control panel was involved in controlling it. This means anyone reading this has encountered a product made with the help of a control panel. An electrical control panel is a system of several electrical devices that control and monitor the mechanical functions of […]

UL 508 Compliant Control Panels

Technician working on electrical control panel

JHFoster maintains an industry-leading, in-house UL 508A certified control panel shop to help our clients meet all their electrical control panel needs. A top-functioning control panel can make the difference between inefficient and efficient mechanical processes. Control panels are most often used to simplify production, ensure quality materials, and facilitate accurate machining. They also improve […]

Reasons to Upgrade Factory Equipment to Industry 4.0 Tech

Industry 4.0 in Factory Equipment

You’ve likely heard the term “Industry 4.0” being tossed around in manufacturing circles. Maybe you’ve looked into bringing such technologies into your factory operations and are actively doing so as you read this post. Or maybe you’re taking more of a “wait and see” approach to observe how this whole concept shakes out. If you’re […]

Building Electric Circuits

Building an electric motion circuit can be a daunting task to those unfamiliar with the technology, but it doesn’t have to be. With just five core components, you can begin building your first electric motion machine: Power Supply Drive Cables Motor Actuator Power supplies seem like a no-brainer – without electricity, your electric circuit won’t […]

What You Should Know About Electrical Control Panels

Employee working on an electronic control panel.

Electrical control panels more than save you money. Of course, they do that. However, did you know they keep your employees safe, too? We see common hazards when it comes to unsafe applications in today’s workplace. Just one element to our electrical control panels is safety. Panels combined with pneumatic and electrical safety products can […]

Centralized Compressor Control Systems Save Energy

A JHFoster employee works on an electrical panel.

The Department of Energy estimates that compressor air generation consumes 10% of electrical energy use in the US. Furthermore, 70% of all manufacturing facilities use compressed air in some aspect of their manufacturing. These facts highlight the reason why companies with compressed air systems are investigating the potential for energy savings. You may be analyzing […]