Industrial Circuits: How Are They Different From Traditional Circuits?

INDUSTRIAL CIRCUITS REFER TO A WIDE RANGE OF POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICES used in an industrial setting. Resistors, semiconductors, analyzers, sensors, meters, and counters are just a few.

As the demand for industrial automation continues to spike, better industrial circuits are produced. This is why it’s crucial to keep your workers updated with the latest developments in safety, installation, and maintenance of industrial circuits.


The fundamental difference between industrial and non-industrial (traditional) circuits is the intended area of use.

While industrial circuits are used in industries, traditional circuits are designed for use in consumer electronics, devices for everyday use.

Although the individual components of both circuits are similar, industrial circuits can handle a larger electrical current.

Industrial and residential circuit breakers are a good example. Both are installed to protect the designated area from electrical surges. They minimize the risk of electrical fires, electrocution and protect electrical equipment.


Automotive: Modern vehicles are equipped with more sensors than old models. These circuits allow the vehicles to monitors different aspects and improve overall safety. The common circuits include; anti-lock braking, cruise control, anti-collision sensors, airbag units, and traction control. Some of these features are also used in forklifts and cranes.

Manufacturing: Machines and robots are slowly replacing human workers. The circuits installed in machines make them to operate with minimal margins of errors, uniforms output, work longer hours, faster and cheaper.

Power Plants: Modern grid systems can collect real-time information about the power consumptions patterns using an array of circuits. These intelligent systems use the data obtained to conduct self-monitoring and debugging. The circuits used here include VAR compensation and static circuit breakers.

Meteorology: Instruments used to measure and monitor environmental conditions are made up of circuits. They utilize changes in resistance and temperature to show reading. The data is stored in a data logger for analysis.

Space and Defense: Space shuttles, missiles, and aircraft require circuits for power supply, navigations, sensors, meters, and switches to be able to operate. Examples are cockpit controllers, military radars and rocket launching systems.

Medical: Today’s medical equipment is more sophisticated to meet the demands of modern-day health challenges. Better methods of diagnosis and healing are been developed every day. Examples of industrial circuits in medicine are; defibrillators, respiratory monitors, pacemakers and glucose monitors.

Renewable Energy: Renewable sources of power produce raw electrical power that is not directly usable. For example, solar cells produce DC power. The power must be converted to AC using electronic converters.