Brewery Process - Skid Unit
Working alongside Empire Process Engineers FSE have recently completed the wiring of a small process skid unit for a supplier of Brewery process and Automation equipment.
The fully stainless steel skid unit was constructed by EPE within their workshop with FSE arriving at key construction stages to liaise and organise cable containment installation of stainless steel process pipe, panel mounting and equipment locations etc.
The field equipment which comprised, automatic valves, flow, pressure and temperature transmitters / measuring equipment was all wired conventionally to local I/O located within the operator control panel positioned at the end of the skid unit. All cabling and airlines are identified by means of external sheath markers showing plant ID references as per the P&ID drawings.
The skid unit forms an integral part of a site based installation carried out at a well know regional brewers’ site.
Control system for a stretch wrapper discharge station
A leading materials handling company needed a small control system designing, installing and commissioning for a stretch wrapper discharge station for a bulk “own brand” manufacturer.
To streamline FLT operation and maximise the use of space within the existing production area, additional conveyor sections complete with a turntable arrangement were added to the existing stretchwrapper discharge.
A small control system based upon a Siemens programmable relay was designed and manufactured by FSE and due to the tight timescales for installation and commissioning was extensively tested prior to despatch.
Installation of the new conveyors, interface and control system was carried out during a minimal shutdown and thanks to the testing completed prior to despatch, commissioned and into full production within hours.
Control panel and installation for package handling system
A major logistics company awarded a contract to our client for the supply and installation of 2 off parcel/package handling systems complete with interfaces to the existing warehouse management system, printing of shipping documentation and final packing ready for shipping.
Working from the mechanical conveyor layout provided, FSE designed, supplied and installed a new control panel to incorporate the specified Rockwell Automation PLC hardware and variable speed drives, along with the RS485 and Ethernet comms hardware. Control panel assembly and client testing taking place in our workshop prior to shipping to site.
Following mechanical installation of the conveyor system, electrical installation works were completed including the supply and fitting of all field devices in conjunction with specialist equipment suppliers. Cable containment was selected and installed to achieve and aesthetically pleasing final finish and cabling installed with physical separation for power and comms. Due to the nature of the site location all field devices were selected and installed to achieve an IP rating of IP54 or above.
Prior to arrival on site for software installation and commissioning, I/O and rotation checks (including third party interfaces) were checked for functionality, accuracy and rotations corrected as appropriate, thus reducing our customers site time requirements as they arrived secure in the knowledge that the hardware install was correct and they were able to concentrate on their software and system commissioning works.
Lighting upgrade works for major cider manufacturer
Following the removal of an existing kegging line in order to make way for transplanted equipment from a donor site in Ireland Frederick Smith Electrical were requested to look at improving the existing lighting scheme within the current building.
Following consultation with a leading lighting manufacturer and with reference to the new equipment layout detailing operator locations, materials handling routes, etc. a new lighting scheme was developed to make best use of the existing lighting infrastructure whilst increasing and improving lighting levels across all areas.
The new installation comprised the removals and disposal of the existing low bay, high bay, floodlights and florescent fittings and replacement with new, more efficient T5 replacements.
The installed scheme lifted lighting levels to average figures of approximately 300lux in all areas and made a vast improvement to the overall look and feel of the re purposed production building.
Relocation and Re-Installation
Having successfully completed the sympathetic removal of equipment from Italy Frederick Smith Electrical and Walsall Engineering Group were contracted to carry out a full electrical and mechanical reinstallation of various items of machinery and conveyors from the donor plant to Poland.
Along with the reinstallation work two new control systems for the relocated bottle fillers were required to be manufactured. Incorporating variable speed drives and touch screen technology Frederick Smith designed systems that would be both operator and maintenance friendly. Utilising a standardised approach to both the electrical design and programming allowed a costs effective solution to be produced using common parts and thus reducing spares holding requirements.
Touch Screen operator interfaces were incorporated and configured in such a way as to ensure a common operating philosophy along with common system, status and alarm indication ensuring operational staff can easily move between machinery and understand the function and operation immediately.
Once again the production deadlines for shutdown and start up were very ambitious but as always achieved. The completed lines were handed back on schedule and were immediately put into production.