How to Upgrade and Install a Distribution Switchboard

Benefits of Installing a Distribution Switchboard

Companies with heavy power requirements to run a variety of equipment can benefit from having a distribution switchboard installed to handle the power load and routing. When properly designed, the distribution unit provides a safe place to monitor power use, maintain fail safes and circuit interrupters. This means the distribution board can serve as an electronic shield between the power supply and equipment. If a surge hits, the distribution board can ground out or delay the additional power which protects equipment down the line.

There are two basic kinds of distribution switchboards, each with benefits. In both cases, a company owner can see savings by having quicker installation and repair. That also means less cost for replacement equipment. For those green-minded, a distribution board creates a smaller footprint by centralizing power flow.

Installing a Distribution Switchboard

A traditional distribution switchboard has the fuse and circuit breaker equipment in the rear with control switches and indicators on the front panel. This kind of board is useful for applications where monitoring various levels is more important than the ability to change internal components to meet changing power application needs. This kind of board has broad applications.

A functional distribution switchboard is often designed with a specific application in mind. Maintenance, especially with a functional distribution board, can be easy. Such boards use a prefabricated component, which means switching out parts is easier on the maintenance staff. These types of boards are also subjected to rigorous testing. Because of the modular construction, adding new units is also easy.

Overall, installing a distribution switchboard, in combination with other power saving techniques such as remote monitoring, can ultimately result in a long term reduction in energy costs. Remote monitoring with an intelligent switchboard can be done via a web browser. This software system gives live feedback about the operation and power usage of the entire electrical system. Having this information available allows for maintenance to occur immediately when a problem is detected by the software.

Upgrade to Remote Monitoring during the Switchboard Installation

Remote monitoring software is backwards compatible, so regardless of the age of the electrical system, there is most likely already an installation procedure available for this type of monitoring system. Another option for monitoring the electrical system is using a third party monitoring service. These monitoring service providers, while the upfront cost will be higher, can save a company money in terms of work hours dedicated (24/7), liability for damages to equipment and equipment repairs. Allowing a third party company adds an extra layer of protection to your equipment, as the responsibility is then shifted to that monitoring system. Should anything go wrong during their watch and it is not reported immediately, the monitoring system could be fully responsible for the replacement of damaged equipment.

The perfect time to upgrade to this type of monitoring is when you are upgrading your switchboard. During the installation, if you choose third party monitoring, the technicians can install the required sensors and computers necessary to make remote monitoring possible.