We specialize in manufacturing volume OEM control panels with customization.

Cates designs and builds volume Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) control panels for the industrial market. We specialize in building volume panels with customization. As UL 508A and UL 698A certified panel builders with over 40 years of experience, we build quality panels at a competitive price and deliver them according to the promised schedule. If designing and manufacturing control panels is not one of your firm’s core competencies, consider outsourcing it to Cates!

Advantages of Outsourcing Panel Design and Production

Reduced Costs

  • Procurement – volume purchasing or trackable and traceable customer supplied material
  • Cost savings and rebate programs
  • Cost management through Value Innovation Workshops
  • Lower labor and overhead costs through Lean Manufacturing

Engineering Expertise

Ability to Meet Demand

  • Refined process ensures cost and production targets are met
  • Modular, scalable process and facility can be rapidly changed to meet needs
  • Labor can be added quickly to increase production volume
  • Tight collaboration with engineering minimizes delays

Cates OEM Control Panel Solutions

Lean Manufacturing

  • Cell-based assembly ensures quality and consistency
  • Process efficiencies and savings yield faster fulfillment, lower prices
  • Wire processing equipment, custom test stands improve accuracy, quality, & delivery

Value Panels with Customization

  • We can produce exact multiples of same design or variations on each
  • Every OEM control panel is identical – down to the wiring route
  • We currently ship one customer 130 panels with 50 variations monthly
  • Our goal is Every Panel on Time, Every Time

Cates Performance

We know our performance is critical to your business, so we constantly assess, report, and request customer feedback to help us continuously improve.


  • Quality Control
  • Analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Custom reports to fit your needs


  • Value Innovation workshops & Kaizen events
  • Employee suggestion program
  • Ongoing customer feedback

Cost Management and Value Innovation

Quarterly Lean Workshops with
OEM Customers

  • Review parts, processes, designs, vendors, technologies, and price points
  • Brainstorm opportunities to design cost savings into OEM panels

How Value Innovation Works

  • Allows differentiation by delivering superior value at low cost
  • Reduces traditional costs by eliminating or reducing factors on which an industry competes
  • Increases buyer value by raising and creating elements the customer has never realized

Your actual parts and assembly costs could be more than you expect.

Think this part costs $26?

Consider these additional costs:

  • Purchasing labor + financing
  • Inventory floor space
  • General admin
  • Inbound shipping

It may actually be costing you $31+

Think assembly costs $15/hr?

Consider these additional costs?

  • Assembly space
  • General admin
  • Employee insurance + benefits
  • Utilization costs

It may actually be costing you $35+

Tell Us About Your Panels

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