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Friday, May 08, 2020

Electrical Control Panel Wiring

Control panels are a part of industrial automation. It contains many DIN standard instruments both in the front panel and inside back rails along with the wiring. They are called panel mounting and rail mounting. Cable management is a Science in these equipment.

Just like rackmounts hold big instruments or computers, control panels small or big have to hold DIN Instruments, switches and annunciators to make it easy for the operator. The maintenance work also is simple from the backside. It can be kept near the machinery which it controls.

Electrical Control Panel Wiring

Some Control panels go into Control Rooms at a distance away or at a greater height from the shop floor. This way they can monitor and give instructions while managing a larger process like processing of chemicals and at the same time safeguarding the instrumentation and computers with controlled environments.

Some example circuits of panels here Electrical Control Panel Wiring

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Temperature Measurement and Control

Temperature Controller 48-96 - A 1/8 DIN Indicating Temperature Controller. This is a Analog Controller built around ICL7107.

Temperature Measurement and Control

This is a 48-96 DIN Temperature Controller, it is mains operated, it is in a Industrial Plastic Housing. It is not meant for very harsh environments. Suitable for Control Panels in Control Rooms. It has a accuracy and linearity of 0.5%. It had options of on-off or time proportional control

Temperature Controller 48-96

J and K Thermocouple with 4-20 mA

Temperature is the most common process parameter, Pressure seems to be next. Flow, Humidity, Strain, Torque, Level, RPM, Distance and many more follow.

When a physical parameter let us say distance is measured, we first need a sensor that converts it into electrical values, digital, pulses(events/limit) or analog. The sensor used for length is a Linear encoder and it creates the electrical information for the DRO to Display.

Mixed Circuits Analog with Digital

Digital Interface to Analog Circuits is an example of Mixed Signal Design. Generating Digital Control Signals from the Analog sections in instruments is also done by Mixed Signal Circuit.

A/D Convertors and D/A Convertors are like Mixed Signal Chips. A Digital Potentiometer that controls an analog signal amplitude with a digital byte or word, figures in Mixed Design Circuit.

Analog Designs have to handle Linear Signals, Like 2.03 V and 35.3812 mA. Waveforms of all shapes from Straight Line DC Levels to the Jittery and Multi-Frequency Audio Waveforms.

Mixed Circuits Analog with Digital

350 MHz Mixed Signal Oscilloscope HMO3524 by HAMEG Instruments

HMO3524 by HAMEG Instruments

Mixed Signal IC or ASIC are chips that are mainly Digital on the Core but have peripheral I/O within the chip to interface with the real world outside, over Analog Signals. Sensors and Actuators use signals in the analog language. The CPU with its Math Power, speaks Digital Words, its behavior thus can be patterned by a Software Program.

Fluid or Water Level with Reed Relays

Some Circuits on above pages are..
  • Voltage to pulse converter using opamps
  • Analog Section of 8751 based flowmeter
  • Voltage to pulse converter impulse counter
  • 16 channel analog multiplexer
  • 8 channel analog mux with sample hold
  • Digital Control for 8 channel analog mux

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