Industrial Control Panels or ICPs are two or more control circuit components, power circuit components, or any combination of the two in a single assembly. Typically ICPs include terminal blocks, switches, motor drives, transformers, protective devices, and contactors.
ICPs can be considered as open type or enclosed systems and can be certified for use in a wide variety of applications such as:
- Indoor Use
- Outdoor Enclosures
- Hazardous Locations
- Or a wide variety of classified locations
What does it mean for an ICP to be UL Listed?
UL listed industrial control panels means they are certified by both the National Electric Code (NEC) and the Canadian Electric Code (CEC). UL also has close relationships with a wide variety of Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) making compliance with an array of AHJ’s far simpler, as they will look for panels with the UL certification for confirmation that the panel is safe to operate, meets environmental ratings, has wiring and motor protection, and has the required safety markings. Essentially, the UL Listing Mark demonstrates to any AHJ that the panel has received a third party certification and that it meets North American safety standards.
How do UL Listed ICPs Benefit You?
Purchasing an ICP that has received a UL Listing Mark gives a wide variety of benefits. These benefits include:
- The capability of bidding on jobs that specify all ICPs must have the UL Listing Mark. Many jobs require all ICPs receive the UL Listing Mark so the owner knows the panel is both safe and compliant with their municipal regulations and many other specific environmental and safety regulations that can otherwise be difficult to navigate.
- UL and CSA International maintain a formal component acceptance agreement making it easier to source components. The owner of the panel can use any UL Listed or CSA International components in any of their UL Listed ICPs.
- UL offers unique opportunities for technical training on the use and building of their listed ICPs. This offers the purchaser and end user an easy opportunity to learn more about how to build safety into their ICPs and meet the unique regulatory requirements of their users.
Using UL Listed ICPs comes with unique benefits to both shops producing ICPs and the end user. By only utilizing UL Listed ICPs you know your panel will be safe to use and meet all of your regulatory needs. If you find yourself in a unique regulatory situation, UL offers training to help navigate these requirements. Call us today to further discuss the benefits of UL Listed ICPs and let us help you find what you are looking for.