Indeed depressing, the switchboards market has come of age in terms of patents, designs, safety norms and quality. The archetypal and conventional grey market though, is still playing the role of a spoil-sport. They gloss over the quality and safety guidelines to capture the whole market share and cause a serious threat to the business. The contractor, electrical designer and the end user are equally held accountable both legally and professionally for the design and production of the panel board.
The Electrical Switchboard is only a fraction of the total outlay on a complete panel and most generally given the least care, while it comes to the design resulting in rapid halt of operation causing enormous production losses. Imagine developed production unit halted for some specific hours to service the distribution panel!!! The safety guidelines of the operating board safeguard not only the panel but also the other related assets such as, wires, transformers, electronics, machines, etc. and most prominently the precious lives of operators. Thus it is extremely significant that you select the right criteria while designing the electrical switchboard.
A well known research expert from the field once drew a comparison of a fully built panel to the human body with fuses & switchgears analogous to the bus bars, vital organs and other connectivity to the veins and arteries, intelligent system to the brain and nerves and the switchboard to the muscular and skeletal systems!!! There’s no better way to underline the significance of properly designed switchboard !
We have noticed a nerving disagreement of interest with the Electrical design consultants and end users on one and the contractors on the other end, with safety norms and quality railed against blind cost decline drives. Pointless to say safety or technical guidelines must always be of utmost priority in switchboard manufacture.