In our rapidly evolving age of industrial automation, the electrical cabinet is essential for keeping operations running smoothly. Building a technologically advanced and high-quality electrical cabinet requires skill, expertise, experience, and a trusted components supplier. 

Typical challenges in electrical cabinet production

From sourcing to implementation, building the optimal electrical cabinet for a client presents new challenges for builders to resolve each step of the way.  

 

Sourcing 
Gaining a complete overview of vendors, brands, prices, and delivery times to identify your best options can be a time-consuming process, often made even more complicated by managing multiple vendors. And even if you do get a good overview, it may be challenging to determine whether or not a vendor has the necessary competence and knowledge about your products and solutions. 

Selection 
When building an electrical cabinet designated for a specific operational environment, there are several factors to consider. As a builder, you must always ensure that the components you are using are compliant with industry standards and requirements, environmental requirements such as temperature and moisture, and essential type approvals (i.e., IEC 60945). 

It is also vital that the chosen components will be available throughout the lifecycle of the cabinet, highlighting the importance of lifecycle management. Additionally, a good system for hardware revision control is essential to ensure that the final product you ship out to the client is of the highest quality. 

Logistics 
Logistics is another area in which relying on multiple vendors to provide integral components can prove to be both complicated and time-consuming. 

Many cabinet builders find it challenging to manage projects due to uncertainty regarding delivery, stocks, and availability of essential components. Another recurring issue is expired warranties on products in stock, causing production delays and, ultimately, delivery time. 

Documentation 
To guarantee your client a top-quality product, you must be able to provide the required documentation and certifications. A lack of documentation such as type approvals and CE documents could potentially, and justifiably, affect the trust between you and your client, and so securing access to these documents is essential. 

Lacking this access will also make it considerably more difficult for you to find alternative products when dealing with expired models or components no longer in stock. 

Implementation 
Cabinet builders often face hurdles that may cause delays to implementation times. Common examples of this are hard-to-access drawings and documentation, and the lack of available support options from the vendor. 

Staying up-to-date on the continuously changing catalog of products and models can be hard to do without a dedicated solutions partner. Additionally, software installation and configuration can be time-consuming – especially when combining components from different vendors.

5 steps towards more efficient cabinet production

Choose a dedicated solution partner, not just a supplier, and minimize time spent on project management, documentation, and logistics.

Step 1

Reduce your number of suppliers

Minimizing the number of suppliers or vendors required to satisfy your production needs will reduce time spent sourcing components, simplify logistics, and make your production process significantly more efficient. Something as simple as packaging – components being delivered in sets for each unit to be installed rather than in bulk for you to sort – can greatly affect installation and implementation. 

Select suppliers or, ideally a single supplier with extensive product knowledge and access to a wide range of brands, products, and components.

Step 2

Focus on lifecycle management

Ensuring the longevity of all components and the electrical cabinet as a whole is key to keeping your client satisfied. Knowing you have a replacement at hand if a component should need replacement, whether due to wear and tear or becoming outdated, also adds an extra layer of security and comfort for you as a supplier. 

Choose suppliers that offer proactive lifecycle management, available and consistent products over time, and low failure rates.

Step 3

Use your supplier to optimize logistics

You should never have to worry about component availability, expired warranties, or finding up-to-date alternatives to outdated technology. 

Explore warehousing and stock storage options when choosing your supplier, and choose a dedicated partner who can effectively manage your component needs and reduce your time spent on logistics. 

Step 4

Keep track of your documentation

Keeping track of all relevant and necessary documentation is essential to ensure the shipment of quality products to your clients, but that does not mean you should have to spend a large amount of time gathering and sorting documents and certifications. 

Expect from your supplier what your clients expect from you, and make sure to choose a vendor that includes and ships all relevant documents with your project delivery. 

Step 5

Look for flexible support options

With the rate of technological advancement these days, even the most skilled cabinet builder may at one time or another find themselves in need of some assistance during the implementation of new components and solutions. 

Use suppliers who can cover gaps in your resources during implementation and get help when you need it to keep the process flowing smoothly and efficiently.

Your dedicated solution partner

With over 30 years of experience working with leading cabinet builders, Hatteland Technology offers extensive product knowledge, a comprehensive range of quality products and solutions, and a dedicated customer support center. 

Hatteland Technology is a Nordic manufacturer and supplier of industrial products and solutions, helping our partners to streamline electrical cabinet production. Working with leading enterprises across a wide range of industries, our overarching goal is to enable industrial innovation. 

We have the necessary experience and expertise – along with a comprehensive catalogue of products and components – to be a one-stop-shop catering to all your electrical cabinet production needs. 

We offer a wide range of off-the-shelf and customized electrical cabinet products, for application in areas such as infrastructure, the oil and gas industry, water management, aquaculture, machine construction, building automation, and power and energy: 

Off-the-shelf products

Working with some of the world's leading manufacturers, Hatteland Technology offers an extensive catalogue of industry standardized quality products at competitive prices. Our skilled consultants and engineers help you identify the right components, meeting all industry standards and environmental requirements.

Off-the-shelf products
Customized products

Customized products

In addition to our off-the-shelf options, Hatteland Technology can provide customized products tailored to your exact requirements. 

 

Our customization options include OEM and product branding (splash BIOS, company colors and logo, and branded documentation and packaging), as well as hardware modifications such as kitting, adding or removing interfaces, and adding or replacing components.

 

Additionally, we offer complete product customization (ODM), utilizing our experienced R&D department and dedicated team of engineers to design, develop, and manufacture highly customized products tailored for your, or your client’s, specific needs.

 

Systems and solutions

As part of our one-stop-shop offer, Hatteland Technology can also provide the necessary systems and technological solutions for your electrical cabinets, including:

 

Pre-Configuration

  • BIOS configuration
  • Firmware / BIOS update 
  • Interface setup (RS-232/422/485, IP/MAC address, etc. )

Pre-Installation

  • Operating system (Android/Linux/Windows/RTOS)
  • Language/time/date
  • Customer image and 3rd party software installation and patching

Testing and verification

  • DOA, functionality, and system tests
  • Factory acceptance test (FAT) / Site acceptance test (SAT)
  • BurnIn Test

Packaging and logistics

  • Packaging and labeling
  • Optimal pallet packaging for LIFO assembling 
  • Product, standards, and system documentation
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Contact your local Hatteland Technology expert

As your dedicated solution partner, Hatteland Technology aims to support you throughout the production process. We are skilled at warehousing and logistics optimization, focus on lifecycle management, provide pre-configured and tested deliveries – along with all the required documentation – and have a dedicated customer support center ready to help you when needed.

 

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