Since the wide-range universal electronic coils require less energy consumption, other electronics supporting the contactor can also be reduced for cost savings. For example, the control transformer and power supply can be downsized because a large control transformer and large power supply are no longer needed to support the energy efficient coil.
Small Size and Light Weight
The second cost-saving feature of modern contactors is their small size and light weight when compared to legacy contactors. Modern contactors are an average of 25% smaller in width than legacy products and 50% lighter in weight. This size reduction allows for significant savings in panel space, not only from the contactor, but also from the smaller control transformer and power supply that can now accompany the contactor.
With the reduction in size, smaller panels can be used resulting in large cost savings. Additionally, lighter contactors allow for easier, less expensive shipping and installation. Instead of using cranes and large machines to move bulky contactors, the smaller and lighter contactors can be moved and installed with little hassle.
The third feature of modern contactors is expanded certifications that allow the same product to be certified across the globe. Traditionally when buying a contractor, you would have to take the time to find out which product was certified in certain regions of the world.
One product may have been certified in one region, but not globally, so different products would need to be used for different regions of the world. Now, modern contactors are certified globally, ensuring simplified product selection that can save you labor cost in the design stage of choosing a contactor.
Want to cut costs in your panel? Next time you are thinking of ways to reduce your costs, consider the small changes you can make with modern contactors that can lead to big cost savings in labor, space, and energy over time.