Control panel manufacturer worker works on mechanical collaboration programming for PanelTEK client.

Mechanical Collaboration -Electrical Control Panels Design, Build & Programming

Upgrading Manufacturing Process with Innovative Programming

A leading manufacturer of bathroom fixtures was looking for a control panel manufacturer to improve pattern quality and uniformity for brush finishes on their fixture sets, and assure repeatability from one set to another, throughout their varied product lines.

They designed and built a small-footprint machine that would allow their operators to quickly change out tooling for each specific product line, in order to make small runs for the custom fixtures being produced. The various fixtures’ sizes and orientation during the finishing process made it particularly difficult to achieve uniformity throughout the run.

The PanelTEK Solution

New Electrical Control Panels Delivered Outstanding Results

  • PanelTEK conducted on-site visits to better understand the mechanical process, human interaction, and environment for applying these finishes.
  • Automating as much of the process would provide greater efficiency, higher output, less waste, improved quality, and enhance operator safety.
  • In collaboration with the customer, PanelTEK designed and built electrical control panels and created the PLC and HMI software. Visual and proximity sensors were installed on the machine to provide the needed input for programming and allow for the dynamic compensation in regards to tool wear.
  • As a control panel manufacturer, our job doesn’t end after we’ve built panels. To assure performance, the machine was brought to PanelTEK’s facility, for final assembly, programming, and testing. The customer openly visited the PanelTEK facility to work with our engineers, conduct test runs, and ultimately final testing.


Our customer was able to achieve their goals for consistent high quality, increased volume output, and ease of operation. Successfully meeting expectations, a second machine was built and implemented for another process, with plans for additional machines, as they look to continue upgrading their manufacturing practices.