2751 Antelope Road, Sabetha, Kansas 66534
785-284-0080

PANEL BUILDING

We’re dedicated to building the highest quality panels
We take great pride in knowing that we design and fabricate panels to the highest quality standards. NorthWind utilizes industry recognized control panel design procedures and tools to ensure efficient panel layout, circuit analysis, and code compliance.

You will have a daily reminder of NorthWind’s dedication to quality when you walk by or open one of our control panels on your plant floor.

Our skilled craftsmen are well-trained, using modular layouts and common components that make it easy for you to maintain our control panels and implement upgrades well into the future. Because you care about safety in your business, safety is also a top priority at NorthWind. Every aspect of the control panel design and fabrication process, from component selection to sizing and installation, is done with safety in mind. We fabricate industrial control panels in our on-site U.L. Listed facility.

U.L. 508 Certified Panel Shop

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When a Control Panel comes from a U.L. 508 Certified Panel Shop you can rest assured you’re getting a quality product. To become certified (and to maintain certification) we follow U.L. and National Electric Code (NEC) Standards as well as selecting reliable components, providing enclosure environmental ratings, wiring and motor protection, and safety markings.

NorthWind also provides cUL and CE certifications upon request.

Innovative Manufacturing

As a company who provides automation solutions for our customers, we can’t help but get excited about the potential to automate our own work processes. We have done just that in our Panel Shop with our Panel Cutting & Pre-Drilling Machine and our Wire Cutting & Labeling Machine. Both of these machines allow us to work quickly and efficiently to deliver your panels as fast as we can without compromising quality.

Tour Our Shop

Our 10,000 square foot manufacturing space is climate-controlled, with high bay doors, load docks for efficient material handling and transport. This ultramodern facility is designed for optimal panel fabrication with designated areas for each panel stage.

Our Panel Cutting & Pre-Drilling machine uses the Electrical Drawings created by our Design Team for precise panel cutouts and all pre-drilling of the back panel. Implementing this machine into our manufacturing workflow has increased panel quality while reducing fabrication time.

The Wire Terminal machine reads the electrical drawings to cut, strip, label, and ferrule all wires. The machine compartmentalizes the wires in order of the most efficient component wiring. Panel Technicians then use tablets to quickly walk them through the drawings and wiring process.

Our Panel Technicians are trained to safely and efficiently wire panels per the electrical drawings.

Our Panel Shop has a dedicated testing area where Controls Programmers can checkout panels, run Factory Acceptance Tests, and upload programs. This area is also utilized to ensure every panel meets our stringent safety standards. Our Quality Assurance Technician tests every panel to ensure all standards are met before it leaves our shop.

In order to protect the Control Panels during transit they are crated using high quality materials and crates are not stacked in trucks. NorthWind works with your logistics department to schedule shipments using your trusted carrier.

Electrical Installation

With our Team’s experience installing industrial control panels and their intimate knowledge of our electrical designs, we’re the perfect pair. Learn more about our Installation Services!

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24VDC vs 120VAC

In the process of designing and purchasing new equipment, the decision about what digital control voltage to choose for a facility to standardize on is often not clear cut. Manufacturers, control engineers, plant personnel and other decision makers can lean different directions with reasons ranging from specific design requirements to personal preference. There are a multitude of different options, but by and large the two most popular options are 24VDC (volts, direct current) and 120VAC (volts, alternating current). Both 24VDC and 120VAC powered devices are readily available and each have their advantages and drawbacks.