Updated: October 29th, 2018

Panel builders can reduce wiring time, achieve a denser, leaner cabinet, and cut costs by moving to a system cabling solution.

By Michael Hardman, Product Marketing Specialist, Phoenix Contact USA

In today’s industrial controls marketplace, customers are insisting on control cabinets that are less cluttered and take up less real estate than ever before. They also require ever-speedier lead times for the production and shipment of these smaller, cleaner cabinets. These two requirements are traditionally antithetical to each other. Laying out panel wiring in tighter spaces is typically much more difficult and time consuming for panel technicians. By moving to a system cabling solution, however, panel builders can easily achieve both faster wiring times and denser, leaner cabinets.

Here’s how a system cabling solution for control wiring typically works. Traditional control panel wiring for a programmable logic controller (PLC) or distributed control system (DCS) involves landing the field signals onto rows of individual terminal blocks and relays. These signals are then connected to the controller via point-to-point connections with individual conductors, all of which must be individually cut to length, stripped, ferruled, and terminated at the I/O card.

System cabling solutions replace this laborious process by implem