5 Things I’ve Learned about Manufacturing Control Panels

By Paula Zangari

1. Warehouse Inventory Is a Balancing Act
As warehouse manager, I organize parts, materials and supplies that arrive daily from vendors. We can’t order everything under the sun, of course. There’s limited space. So, I have to keep a keen eye on what’s going in and out of the shop. Wire way, J4’s and group markers: they all have a place in the warehouse. But not too many!

Paula Zangari

Paula Zangari

2. Monday Morning Meetings Make Things Better
Our management team meets each Monday to go over the schedule for the week. In this meeting, brainstorming is an important tool. One person may have an idea that they bounce off of the rest of us. Someone else may have received an email with a clarification from an engineer. Meetings like this make our team tighter and our panel construction and wiring more efficient.

3. Keep Your Eye on the Shipping Details
I’ve blogged about this before, but our job isn’t done when the completed panel is wrapped up carefully. It needs to get to its final destination on time. Part of my job is to check the shipping details on the purchase order. This means I have to confirm where and when the panel is supposed to ship. I’ve learned the earlier I know this information, the better off we are.

4. Panels Finish Better with Up-to-Date Information
I’ve learned to keep our project information up to date. When information is correct, it helps my team to get a particular part to an employee who needs it. It’s easier for our receiving department to know where things are supposed to go, and it’s easier on our customers because their panels are completed in a timely manner.

5. Technology Helps the Customer Experience
Our management team carries tablets with us so that we can access prints on the go. There’s no need to go back to our desktops and pull up the server to check on a schematic. With our tablets, the print is always available. This speed of checking and rechecking prints makes for a more accurate panel that is fabricated, wired and tested and then shipped out the door on time—or before.

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