Automation panels form the heart of any industrial operation, functioning as the nerve center where information is received, processed, and acted upon to guide the operational control and performance of equipment or machinery. Often built around Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), automation panels are the backbone of modern industrial automation.
They receive data from connected sensors or input devices, process this information, and then trigger necessary output based on pre-programmed parameters. This might include the regulation of machinery, the activation of certain processes, or the control of production lines, among many other functions.
At Select Switchboards, we regularly design, manufacture, and commission automation panels in a wide array of industrial applications across Australia including manufacturing, power generation, mining, utilities, transportation, and many more.
Understanding that each project is unique and nuanced, the entire Select Switchboards team including designers, programmers, and electricians work harmoniously together with your relevant stakeholders to create the most efficient, reliable, compliant, and safe automation panels for your operations.
Deliver Across Australia
Our reliable transport network delivers your custom switchboard safely to your door.
Competitive quotes provided for all bespoke switchboard design and manufacture projects.
We are independent of any supplier allowing us to be agile in our designs, timelines and units.
From design and manufacture to servicing and modifications, Select Switchboards can do it all.
Experts in Innovation
Our team includes industry-leading experts who know everything about switchboards.
Automation Panel Design
Designing automation panels and PLC-based systems is a process that requires a balance of technical expertise, innovative thinking, and a deep understanding of the specific operational requirements of each project and system. At Select Switchboards, we believe that exceptional design is born out of comprehensive communication and a collaborative approach, working together with you to achieve the best possible results.
The design process begins with understanding your operational needs. We work closely with our clients, welcoming the scope of work documents and initiating in-depth discussions to comprehend the specific requirements, goals, and constraints of your operation. Our engineers are also prepared to complete site visits, allowing us to gain a first-hand understanding of your operational requirements. This hands-on approach enables us to create designs that are tailor-made to fit your unique needs.
Another crucial aspect of the design process is the creation of user-friendly interfaces. We understand that an automation panel must not only be functionally robust, but also intuitive and easy to operate. Therefore, we design interfaces that simplify complex processes and offer operators maximum control, safety and visibility over the system.
How to get a Free Quote for your Automation Panel?
The uniqueness of Automation Panels requires a scope of work for our designers, this includes:
- Project Overview
- User Requirement Specification
- Functional Description
- Scope of Works
- Site Specific Requirements
What Select Switchboards design team can do for you?
The Select Switchboards designers will provide you with:
- Detailed Design Drawings
- Project Management Documentation
- Functional Design Documents (FDS)
- Software Design Specification (SDS)
- Testing & Commissioning Documentation (SAT & FAT)
- User Manuals
Automation boards are completely unique to your operational systems, equipment, and machinery. Explore a key selection of the different components and solutions that we can integrate into your automation boards here at Select Switchboards.
There are countless choices when it comes to PLCs. We're experts in the design and selection of the correct PLCs for the job, big or small.
HMIs and Touchscreens
The key to any successful automation system is how you interface with it. We can provide touchscreen Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) of any variety and size.
We provide solutions for any application including 4G remote connectivity, high-speed transparent ethernet bridges, licensed bands, public bands, and point-to-point or multi-point telemetry.
Head-end SCADA systems need to be supported with hardware that can back it up. We only use the best industrial PCs and screens to minimise downtime and keep your operations running.
Don't let a power outage shut your control system down. We can provide UPS solutions of any size and runtime to ensure that your operations never stop.
Variable Speed Drives
The right variable speed drive for your system and environment can ensure your automation panel is more efficient and provide more protection for your equipment.
Data & Networking
We understand that the world of industrial connectivity is constantly evolving and always use future-proof network hardware in our switchboards which enhances your system's connectivity, ready for the future of IoT.
Don't run cabling any further than you have to, our cost-effective remote IO solutions can distribute your control system quickly and easily. We have a number of standardised remote IO panels ready to build into your automation panel.
Running cables simply isn't an option? Try a wireless IO bridge. These fail-safe systems can give you complete control over difficult-to-access equipment without breaking the bank.
Automation Panel Manufacture
Transforming a custom automation panel design into a functional unit is a process that demands attention to detail and adherence to stringent quality standards. Our in-house manufacturing facility enables us to accommodate the production of panels of varying complexities and sizes, while consistently delivering on time and maintaining high-quality standards.
Once a design has been finalised and approved, our skilled manufacturing team steps in to construct your automation control panel. We only source high-quality components, including the selected Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), from trusted suppliers. These components are then carefully assembled ensuring an exact match between the design specification and the final product, guaranteeing compliance with all relevant standards.
Upon completion, every automation panel we manufacture undergoes a rigorous testing process to verify its functionality, safety, and reliability. We thoroughly check all wiring, ensure that all components are working as intended, and perform powered tests to confirm its operational readiness for installation at your site.
Automation Panel Support and Aftercare
At Select Switchboards, our services extend well beyond the design and manufacturing process. We firmly believe in offering a comprehensive solution that encompasses installation, commissioning, and a full suite of aftercare support. Our end-to-end approach ensures that your automation panels perform optimally and continue to deliver reliable and efficient results throughout their lifecycle.
Our installation process is performed by our team of highly skilled engineers who have a robust understanding of automation panels. This allows us to efficiently and accurately install the automation panels, integrating them seamlessly into your existing systems. Once installation is complete, we undertake a rigorous commissioning process. This crucial stage involves testing all aspects of the automation panel's performance, including the PLC's programmed logic functions and user interfaces. Our comprehensive testing ensures that the automation panel operates flawlessly in real-world conditions, providing the reliability, efficiency, and safety that your operations require.
We understand that to maintain system reliability, regular auditing and maintenance of the automation panels are essential. Our team is available for future audits, which involve thorough inspections and tests to identify any potential issues before they become problems. This proactive approach extends the life of your panels and maintains a high level of operational efficiency.
Our aftercare support also includes assistance with troubleshooting, system upgrades, and modifications. We can quickly diagnose and resolve any issues relating to your automation panels, minimising any disruption to your operations.