Monitoring Electrical Panels

March 26, 2021

Medium-voltage (MV) products, like switchgear, modular systems, and panels play a vital role in sustainable electricity distribution. All parts have to be in good condition to minimize the risk of power failure and damage to technical equipment. Most of the damages occur during the handling, installation, and transport. Avoid this with correct instructions and monitoring the product.


Electrical panels are generally shipped as a complete assembly unit on a pallet, protected by a plastic protection foil. In some cases, it is necessary to send them in several shipping packages to facilitate handling. It is essential to make sure that the unit does not slip or tip during transport. Physical damages or damage to the insulating materials, electrical connections, and electrical components due to moisture, dust, chemical, and extreme temperature changes during the transport require immediate replacement. Detecting failures in equipment before installation and preventing transport damage is essential to ensure service continuity to reduce costs and save time. Upon delivery, an inspection of the shipment for lost items and damage control ensures a high transport quality. Damages caused during transport or unloading are common. Any concealed damage caused by moisture, dust, or shocks can be hard to discover upon delivery. This type of damage might later cause disruption or downtime in production. It can be challenging to determine when the injury occurred. In many cases, this results in a warranty case as the product’s service life decreases.

Storage and handling control

How do you know that the equipment is treated and transported correctly according to your supplier’s specifications in the right conditions? Generally, the shipping packaging is not suitable for storage when this is necessary. For better control in storage, place the equipment on a solid and leveled surface to reduce stress in the construction. Cover the equipment and keep it clean and dry to ensure it is well-drained to protect from standing water. Even if you perform a regular inspection of the stored panel and visually notice any issues, the need for measuring this type of data is essential. With a data logger, you combine the visual inspections to record data containing the surrounding atmosphere’s facts. You can make the analysis quick, and it’s easy to notice any deviations at an early stage.

Protecting yourself from the risks of cargo damage

The surrounding environment and conditions might be very different from the typical situations. Many unknown factors in the transportation chain vary a lot. Using a Condition Monitoring System, like Cargolog Impact & Shock Recorder, you can monitor and record data from the transport chain. You can learn more about the environmental conditions your product exposes before arrival at the final destination. Use the data in your quality department, product design team, packing and handling department for further development and minimize the risks of transport damage.

Benefits of collecting independent data

Using a calibrated conditional monitoring system with international references will help you reduce the time for reporting and controlling your cargo to ensure the quality and data’s reliability. Discover even a concealed damage immediately upon arrival. The sensors built inside the data logger will measure various parameters like; shock, angle, light, temperature, humidity, pressure, vibrations, and more. You can quickly generate all measurement results displayed in the application to a pdf report and send it together with your claim to the carrier or insurance company.

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