Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Marketing and Management

First Advisor

Brent Clark


This paper will explore emerging technologies and their effect within the control panel manufacturing industry. A control panel is defined by Automation Ready Panels as, “a metallic box that allows the person to control all electric equipment, appliances, and circuits mechanically by using electric energy” (What is an Electrical Control Panel?, 2022; Refer to Appendix A for a visual on what a control panel looks like). These are most commonly seen in large industrial equipment, such as assembly lines, rock crushers, etc. The innovations studied in this paper include 2D and 3D drawing, augmented reality, computer assisted manufacturing, computer assisted drawing, and computer assisted engineering. To gain a better understanding, the use of secondary research and interviews with professionals in the industry were conducted.