Control and automation engineers GPS Group has launched a modular MCC designed to extend the life of the asset and reduce whole life costs - by providing a simple solution for managing design and through-life equipment changes.
The G-Flex MCC is based on a flexible, reusable enclosure that allows functional units to be modified quickly and simply any number of times over its lifetime.
The enclosure has an adjustable internal layout within a fully welded external structure that allows modules to be rapidly reconfigured, while maintaining the strength of a bespoke construction.
Common changes to design specifications such as larger pumps or different starter choices can be easily accommodated during the construction and commissioning stages; a significant benefit for Tier 1 contractors and technology providers.
Equipment changes, such as switching from a starter to a variable speed drive can be made at any time, and when a functional unit or the process plant it serves becomes redundant, the MCC can be adapted for new requirements; improving asset planning and management for the process operator.
Removable partitions mean that functional units can be changed without any physical modifications to the enclosure; replacement doors can be safely fitted on site without any grinding, welding or repainting.
With new doors being the only requirement for reconfiguration 90% of the enclosure is effectively reusable, and capable of extending normal operating life by 50%.
GPS Managing Director Nigel Harrison said “Technology and user requirements can change very quickly, G-Flex is made for change, and provides an efficient solution for updating or replacing redundant equipment over an extended period”.
The G-Flex enclosure is designed for Form 4 motor control and power distribution applications; it is fully compliant with BS61439 and tested to IP54. With standard module sizes of 225mm and 300mm, tiers can be configured and reconfigured in multiples of these sizes from a single full size module up to eight standard units.
In factory trials a unit with two tiers of 8 and 6 standard modules was reconfigured to create a new layout with 1 and 3 in less than 30 minutes.
For any application the G-Flex MCC provides a fast and flexible solution for change that helps manufacturing and process operators maintain efficient and reliable plants.
GPS manufactures control and automation systems for process industries.
The company has full in-house production and systems integration capabilities, producing control panels, motor control centres and low voltage switchgear for a broad range customers engaged in municipal and industrial water, food and beverage, renewable energy, mining and quarrying, and building services.
Established in 1978, based in Bristol, GPS is a framework supplier to Wessex, Welsh and Thames Water.