What Is the Function of a Switchboard?


A switchboard is a collection of different electrical devices that are used to control the operation of electric circuits. A switchboard’s primary purpose is to facilitate the transfer of electric current from one supply to another.


Switchboards often include electrical panels, which, in turn, house switches. Switches are devices that interrupt or switch the flow of electricity through a circuit, which enables the circuits to be controlled or directed in the appropriate manner. Switchboards could also include circuit indicators, which are devices that measure the power going through individual circuits. In order for a switchboard to perform its purpose, the quantity of power that it sends out must be equal to the amount of power that it takes in.


The power that is provided to the switchboard is often controlled by devices such as a single generator or many generators. It is also possible for it to employ frequency gauges and synchroscopes, which are instruments that measure the synchronisation that exists between the various systems of generators and power networks.


Busbars, also known as conductor strips and often made of aluminium or copper, are found in switchboards and are responsible for distributing large levels of electrical current. Busbars are connected to a relay or switchgear, which is a collection of electrical disconnects, breakers, and/or fuses that is used to de-energize and clear faults in various pieces of equipment.