Perth-based Auto Control Systems (ACS) is the first recognised low-voltage motor control centre (MCC) system integrator in the world to implement an Allen-Bradley Centerline 2500 MCC. The MCC will be installed at an explosives manufacturing plant in Eastern Europe and features the complete Rockwell Automation Connected Components range, including E300 electronic overloads and PowerFlex 525 and 753 drives all on an Ethernet backbone.
“Customers’ requirements are changing and they are looking for motor control solutions that can integrate with their existing systems and provide advanced diagnostic capabilities, the Centerline 2500 meets these requirements and provides an efficient and effective solution,” says Andrew Taylor, Engineering & Operations Manager, ACS.
The explosives manufacturer called on International Explosives Equipment (IEE), an Australian company that designs and builds high quality equipment for the bulk explosives sectors, to provide the mechanical design and hardware for the manufacturing plant.
ACS is the automation provider for International Explosives Equipment and has been responsible for delivering the automation and electrical components of the plant. IEE, ACS and the end user have collaborated on the programming requirements for operating the production facility incorporating a high level of safety, automation and control.
As the MCC will be operating in an explosives plant, ArcShield protection was included in addition to the Rockwell Automation Connected Components. ArcShield helps to reduce arc flash hazards and provides increased protection against electrical arcing faults.
The MCC also features IntelliCenter technology, which enhances the intelligence of the MCC by using built-in networking to capture information that can be used for predictive maintenance, process monitoring, and advanced diagnostics.
“The international certification via IEC61439 combined with ArcShield protection helped the customer to feel relaxed in the knowledge that they are purchasing a superior product, which provides the highest levels of protection for their operations staff,” says Taylor.
ACS has incorporated a number of custom assemblies in the installation, including a light and power distribution chassis, PLC tier including dual CompactLogix controllers and Stratix switches, and custom heat trace control cubicle. All the motor control equipment has an external hardware interface module to display performance information at the front of the MCC.
“Working together, we were able to provide an IEC-certified product with the safety of ArcShield. The entire MCC is housed within a 40 foot high-cube shipping container complete with segregated control room and laboratory. The container is designed to be transported direct to the customer’s premises ready for wiring and installation,” says Taylor.
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