Panel Builder US

November 30, 2021

UCEC is skilled in managing the entire process of building OEM control panels. They partner with their clients to deliver a final product that is efficient on cost, delivery and operation.

Considering the volume demanded by OEM and the challenges of today’s global supply chain, a partner who can deliver a quality product efficiently is a critical business advantage. Read on to see how UCEC builds OEM control panels that work for everyone.

DEDICATED OEM RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

OEM clients have high volume panel needs. To help everyone stay on track to meet delivery timelines, UCEC assigns these clients a dedicated OEM relationship manager.

This manager sets regular meetings with the client to share project updates and communicate recommendations for cost savings, panel enhancements and supply chain troubleshooting. Their responsive project managers keep track of all the moving parts of OEM panel building to ensure a quality product with an on-time delivery.

OEM CONTROL PANEL DESIGN CONSULTATION

UCEC have been building quality control panels for more than 63 years. Their skilled craftsmen are accustomed to optimizing panel designs for cost savings, production time and end-user experience.

UCEC offers consultation services to all of their clients to see if they can uncover any new efficiencies in the panel build. They have also worked with OEM clients to create a handful of panel styles ready to be customized for the specific order requirements. This builds in efficiency at every level and creates faster turnaround times for their OEM clients. Consistency and standardization across OEM control panels means increased reliability, functionality and ease of use for the end user.

UCEC also provides private labeling options so their client’s OEM control panels can meet brand requirements.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COST SAVINGS ON OEM CONTROL PANELS

Once UCEC's OEM Control Panel experts understand the requirements of the panel, they can make recommendations that can cut costs on parts, production and delivery. They’ll be able to advise whether the specified components are the best choice for accomplishing the panel’s goals.

In the past, UCEC have helped customers save costs by:

  •    -   Reducing the panel footprint.
  •    -   Recommending a different enclosure material or manufacturer.
  •    -   Finding substitute components at a lower price point or with a faster delivery window.


TROUBLESHOOTING SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES

Challenges with the global supply chain are impacting nearly every business right now. Sourcing manufacturing parts is, unfortunately, no exception. UCEC been around for more than half a century so they are resourceful and have long standing relationships with suppliers.

When parts aren’t just slow to come by, but also increasing in price, UCEC works with their vendors to lock in a client’s volume pricing early. UCEC also brokers agreements for their suppliers to keep parts on hand to avoid shipping delays.

That isn't UCEC's only solution, however. If supply issues are threatening a delivery deadline, they know what substitutions to recommend or what components can be assembled in the field.

UCEC works as part of their customer’s team to find solutions that avoid downtime for their business while refusing to compromise on the quality of the control panel.

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS FOR OEM CONTROL PANELS

UCEC knows their panels inside and out, giving them a deep appreciation for how end users will have to interact with them. Some of their suggestions might focus on how the panel can be built better for that end user or for maintenance. For example, UCEC will be able to tell customers if:

  •    -   all the push buttons in the design would be better served by an HMI.
  •    -   alternate components will reduce thermal load, reducing panel interior temps and increasing life of other equipment.
  •    -   there’s a manual function on the panel that could be managed remotely through a smart phone app.
  •    -   alternative energy sources should be considered that could reduce servicing or power costs.


When your panel is being built by experts you can trust, you can focus more time on your product.

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