Understanding Distribution Boards And Kiosks

Even the most electrically challenged of us know where the distribution board is in our house. We’re pretty good at remembering, if we have a power problem, to check if any of the switches have tripped. We probably even know how to switch the geyser off if we’re going away for an extended period.

Those of us who are more technically minded will also have a pretty good idea of what distribution boards and kiosks actually do, and how they do it. We know that, as its name implies, the board distributes the power supply evenly through a range of different circuits, taking it to various consumption points in the building.

There are a number of different components making up a distribution board. Typically, there is a single incoming power source or feeding cable. You’ll also find bus bars, switches, fuse links, bypass equipment, and automatic protective equipment.

The main function of a distribution board is to facilitate the drawing of power by individual circuits from circuit-breakers. These circuits can be individually isolated if necessary, which means the rest of the power supply isn’t disrupted. It also performs a vital safety function – and has short-circuit, overload and earth fault protection systems built in. This helps protect against electric shock and electrical fires caused by ground faults.

Choosing The Right Distribution Boards And Kiosks

When selecting which distributions boards and kiosks are right for your particular application, it’s important to choose the correct components and wiring systems. External influences must also be taken into account. In some instances, for example, heavy-duty boards might be more appropriate. Such installations can be found in a huge variety of sites, for example:

  • Mines
  • Water treatment plants
  • Cement plants
  • Power stations
  • Automotive plants

Low or medium voltage distribution equipment is suitable for construction sites, permanent installations in industrial, commercial or domestic applications. Distribution kiosks are made from sturdy metals and can be custom fitted with a roof, double-doors, filter-systems, cooling, etc. for protection against the elements. The kiosk’s overall dimensions are project specific and are usually made according to the dimensions of the electrical equipment to be stored inside.

At JB Switchgear, we have a range of wall-mounted and free-standing distribution boards and kiosks that are ideally suited for industrial installations. Our protective electrical enclosures are made for use in even the harshest working environments. They also have anti-vandalism protection, for added peace of mind.

Our multi-purpose kiosks can be used by most electrical utilities and large sites for electrical reticulation. Standard designs include segregated or cubicle-type construction, with cable supports and ample termination facilities. Construction can be in a variety of materials including mild steel, 3CR12, stainless steel or polyester.

All our distribution boards and kiosks meet the latest national and international safety and performance standards, so you can be assured of the highest quality, safety and performance levels. Chat to us today about how we can help you with the selection, application and manufacturing of a heavy-duty distribution board to meet your needs.