Five Types of Control Panels and Enclosures

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Control Panel Benefits and Misconceptions


The wide variety of control panel and enclosure options showcase the immense opportunities and services offered at MIS Controls, Inc. In effect. each panel design or enclosure material requires specific considerations in regards to assembly environment, time, and size. To ensure customer satisfaction, MIS Controls provides a range of customizability in panel configurations to enclosure shape. The following sections discuss the five types of control panels and enclosures for further exploration of the common benefits and misconceptions regarding each. 



Floor Mount

A Floor-Mount Industrial Control Panel refers to electronic panels elevated from the ground for purposes of protecting internal electrical control devices. All in all, the Enclosure Cabinet should remain in a wet setting or be hosed down regularly for added protection. 



  • Strength and quality enclosure frame made from metal.
  • Several frames can attach for infinite configuration designs.
  • Easy additions for customizability as well as convenience and ease of use.



  • Floor-Mount Panels lack strength and durability.
    • TRUTH: The Floor-Mount Panels’ structure and material provide a strong structure and long-lasting panels.
  • The necessity of various separate orders to acquire control panel parts. 
    • TRUTH: Floor-Mount Panels assembly parts can be ordered and shipped in a single purchase.



The Free-Standing Industrial Control Panels may be placed either with or without elevation. However, regardless of elevation, Free-Standing Panels share similar functionality as Floor-Mount Panels. Such panels come in a variety of customizable shapes, sizes, and door configurations. Generally, for assembly and use, Free-Standing Industrial Control Panels require a dry environment lying on a flat surface.



  • Immense customizable features and layout configurations.

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  • Offers options of floor or elevation placement.



  • Floor-Mount and Free-Standing control panels are interchangeable. 
    • TRUTH: A Floor-Mount Panel is always Free-Standing, however, not all Free-Standing Panels are Floor-Mount.
    • Free-Standing Panels are Floor-Mount if they are elevated.
  • All Free-Standing Panels are not elevated. 
    • TRUTH: Free-Standing Panels may or may not have elevation.

Wall Mount

Performing in both outdoor and indoor environments, Wall Mount Industrial Control Enclosures offers a variety of material finishes, such as fiberglass and polycarbonate. Wall mount enclosures are typically smaller in size than the previously mentioned floor mount and free-standing layouts.



  • The Enclosure Cabinet offers an affordable option.
  • Should corrosion resistance be a requirement, Wall Mount Panels may use stainless-steel material.  
  • Saves space while housing important electrical components.
  • Protects from dust, dirt, and other exterior moisture impacts.



  • Wall Mount Enclosures are only used for small spaces.
    • TRUTH: Wall Mount Enclosures are versatile, allowing them to be used in both large and limiting locations.
  • An enclosed indoor environment is necessary for Wall Mount Enclosures.
    • TRUTH: Both indoor and outdoor environments support Wall Mount Enclosures and Wall Mount Panel performance.


Modular Enclosures

Designed for adaptability, modular enclosures provide immense flexibility for additional door and accessory options. Moreover, Modular Enclosures’ multitude of application opportunities allow its ability to enclose components of significant electrical devices. 



  • Reduced assembly time as enclosures allows for the addition of rails to slide panels to enclosures openings. 
  • Larger panel openings allow easier panel mounting.
  • Modular enclosures load electronics faster, decreasing assembly time and customer money.



  • Modular systems are more expensive.
    • TRUTH: Based on the structure and specific modular systems determine the pricing, thus modular systems are not definitively pricier. 
  • Some assemblies require immense assembly work to install Modular Enclosures.
    • TRUTH: Modular Enclosures structure provides reduced installation time and assembly workload.


Junction Boxes

Junction boxes follow a significantly smaller design housing strong electrical connections. However, within junction boxes, one can find similar protective functions against potential electric shocks.


  • The compact size allows it to operate in tighter places.
  • A unique feature to connect to other control panels due to its compact size.



  • Junction Boxes do not provide powerful electrical components based on their size.
    • TRUTH: Although smaller in size, the box design allows for significant electrical current. 
  • Wall Mount and Junction Boxes have similar functionality.
    • TRUTH: Wall Mount and Junction Boxes share similar sizing, however, overall functionality differs based on purposes in either mounting to a wall or connecting larger close panels, respectively.


Panel Expertise, The MIS Controls Type


Incorporating the individual necessities and considerations for each control panel and enclosures listed establishes the overall benefits for customers and MIS Controls alike. Overall, MIS Controls addresses common misconceptions to provide quality products to our customers. After all, following the MIS Controls 5-Step Manufacturing Solution, we effectively process and designate each project with the highest service and product standards. In any case, customers can trust MIS Controls with their customizable specifics for general projects. 


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