Pilot devices refers to a group products used to provide a human to machine interface (HMI) for systems like manufacturing operations or building climate controls. Pushbuttons, switches and lights are all pilot devices. Programmable logic controllers (PLC) are computers that continuously monitor input data and make decisions. We use PLCs in many applications from automating factory assembly-lines to dimming a light fixture. Devices and controllers require control panels to label and organize them.
We all strive for expertise in panel builds, but how much do you really know about when panel builds are best done in-house and when you should outsource the project?
If you’re in the fabrication industry, more than likely you know a lot about building machines and other equipment but before you decide to bring panel building back in-house because it seems like a good bottom-line decision, take a few moments to consider the real costs of such a project.