What are the components involved in a control system cabinet installation?

Base Frame

A base frame is a frame that is designed to fix a control system device. The base frame supports the fixed part of the frame and it is placed on supporting insulators of cabinet frames.


The base frame is usually made up of steel, plates through extrusion, steel tubes through splicing or castings, and profile steel through splicing.

Vibration pad

A Vibration Isolation Pad is a high-grade neoprene or rubber isolation medium which can efficiently and economically control structure-borne noise and resonant vibration. Vibration Isolation pads can be used to reduce noise, high-frequency vibration, and impact from machinery. The most common applications have these pads placed under machinery, grinders, compressors, metal panel enclosures, or other common sources of high-intensity noise levels for vibration and shock control. These vibration control pads are available in various thicknesses, sizes, and weight ratings to meet an array of needs.


Vibration pads are also called vibration isolating pads which means that damaging energy is removed by the material and not transferred onto the cabinet body.


A Plinth is a metal base that can be square or rectangular and is used to support an enclosure. Plinths are used to raise an enclosure to allow for easier service access or to reduce the risk of flooding at the installation site. Plinths are available with an open frame or with sheet metal sidewalls.

Cable Clamp

Cable clamps are mechanical devices or clips that define a path for one or more cables along a building wall or within an electrical enclosure such as instrumentation, control, or other types of enclosure. They provide all necessary mechanical support.


Gland Plate

Enclosure gland plates are gasket-sealed panels. Glands plates, in general, provide a removable cable egress and entry. Cable Entry Gland Plates can be used instead of the solid gland plates on the Fully Sealed Plinth Base to provide additional cable management solutions (100mm Solid Base).

Panel packing material

To protect control panels, we use a variety of packing materials. Heat sealing, pouch packing, blister packing, cartooning, and strapping machines all use these packaging machine control panels.

Eye bolt

Eyebolts used as lifting points or attachment points are one of the most popular types of rigging. Like slings, sling hooks, and clasps, eye bolts are available in a variety of designs and configurations. Eyebolts can be used as connection points for rigging, pulling, anchoring, pushing, or lifting devices.


The eyebolt is commonly used in industry but is often misunderstood or misused. With other rigging equipment, it can be difficult to know which type of eye bolt to use for your application.

  • Eye – There is a loop at the top of the eyebolt that can be either bent, forged or welded
  • Shoulder – “skirt” where the eye and shank meet, designed to prevent bending
  • Shank – a threaded shaft that connected to the eye

Environmental conditions need to be assessed in the Equipment room

The major environmental threats to control system rooms are

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Water Leaks
  • Human Error
  • Vibration
  • Power Outage.


Temperature is the major environmental threat for computer hardware as well as control panels. The ideal temperature is very much needed for every electrical and electronic equipment for giving the best performance. The ideal temperature is considered to be between 68 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 24 degrees Celsius). Excessive heat and excessive cold affect the performance of the system and it may cause downtime. so, to overcome the temperature issue, a heat sink fan is used to cool the CPU (central processing unit). The non-stop working of the machine will cause to increase in the temperature and lead to failure of the machine.


When the temperature is between 68 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 24 degrees Celsius), the relative humidity (i.e., the amount of water in the air) should be between 40% and 50%.

Water Leaks

Almost every electrical and electronic equipment are water sensitive. With proper planning, equipment is moved away from ruptured water pipes, overflowing basements, or leaking roofs. However, there are other leaks that are more difficult to recognize and detect. A clogged ventilation system can cause condensation if warm, moist air is not removed quickly. If vents are on or behind the control panel, condensation can form small puddles that no one can see. Standalone air conditioners are particularly susceptible to leaks if condensate is not properly removed. Even a small amount of water near the air intake will increase the humidity level and fill the server with moisture.

Human Error

Administrators/personnel can unknowingly create environmental problems in control system rooms by:

  • Forget to reset the ideal temperature once the employee leaves the cabinet room
  • Placing any extra boxes or material in front of vents that blocks airflow.
  • Installing new equipment without realizing it generates more heat than the old equipment.
  • Failure to place blank panels behind empty rack shelves, preventing air from flowing up.

Similarly, cleaning crews frequently close doors that should be left open for ventilation, raising the temperature and decreasing airflow.


The working of the control panel makes some vibrations and too much movement due to the vibration may lead to loosens connections in the panel systems. Vibration also damages the hard drive disk, which rotates at a very high speed. When a disc drive is bumped or moved, the platter, where the information is stored, and the head, which reads the information, can physically connect, resulting in scratches that permanently damage the disc drive.

Power Outage

Power outages, voltage dips, and spikes are all major issues for computing equipment. Servers can fail due to a simple hiccup in power levels, let alone a lightning strike. In the best-case scenario, this wastes valuable time before rebooting. The circuitry is irreparably damaged in worst-case scenarios and must be replaced.

IP ratings of panels

An IP Rating (Ingress Protection Rating) is a basic indicator that categorizes various levels of sealing effectiveness provided by a control panel manufacturer for a specific cabinet against foreign bodies such as objects, water, dirt, and so on.

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