River Ness to get a new hydro and visitor centre

David Tye

The Scottish Highland council are installing a twin screw hydro generator to produce 93kW, the turbines will be suppling the nearby Inverness Leisure Centre with approximately 50% of their electricity. A visitor centre is also planned at the site, so why not visit.

P3 Controls have built the control panel and software, ready to commission early 2022.

For additional information see the council website..    Highland_Council_River_Ness_Hydro

ASRS Roll handling system upgrade completed

David Tye

P3 were contracted to upgrade the PLC and drives on two roll retrievers for Indianapolis Star.

The obsolete PLC5 and drives were replaced with the latest Allen Bradley compact logix 1769-L33ER,  PanelView PLus HMI and Bosch Rexroth Indramat drives. New PLC code and HMI screens designed.  Then a Trip to the USA to install and commission.

First control panel to leave the new workshop

David Tye

Soon after moving into our new workshop in Cupar Fife, it was all systems go with the first control panel heading to Reading. For a community project to build a twin Archimedes screw hydro generator on the River Thames.

The fully tested and panel with PLC and HMI software loaded, was delivered to the principal contractor ready for commissioing later in the year.

For more information see the community website Reading Hydro Project

For Sale Automation Hardware

David Tye

Electrical Part Finder is a service we offer for both buying and selling older obsolete harder to find Electrical Automation Hardware. We hold a stock of new and used PLCs, PLC I/O Cards, HMIs, Drives, Motors, Motor Control Gear and Switchgear.

Update of our P3 MAS Recipe System

David Tye

Having served us well over the past 10 years, it was time to rewite our P3 MAS (Mixer Automation System) to bring it up to date with Technology. Written originally in 2010 for a Windows XP / 7 machine using an SQL database, it has worked flawlessly making thousands of batches of Fabric Conditioner and All-purpose cleaners over the past 10 years.

With Microsoft removing support for windows 7, it was time for a complete rewrite. Moving away from the SQL database to Flat XML files will allow easier backup and restore of recipe files and direct communications to the Siemens S7 and Allen Bradley PLCs will simplify the PLC code required for the system. Fully windows 10 compliant the new system will now be called “MixerNet” as it uses the Microsoft .Net framework.

Safe Contactor Accreditation Renewal Approved

David Tye

Alcumus Safe Contractor has performed the annual audit of our procedures, RAMS, Insurance and Policies, giving our customers peace of mind that they are employing a “Safe Contractor” who will work safely on their sites. Accreditation has been awarded again for the next 12 months.

Always Working Safely on Site.

Customer Support Contracts

David Tye

One of our customers, a large manufacturer of household liquids such as bleach, washing up liquid and fabric conditioners in Manchester have placed an order for our silver support contract, giving them 24 Hour callouts, VPN Remote Support, Siemens PLC Training, Apprentice Development and Peace of Mind.

Siemens Networking Changes

David Tye

A site visit to change the IP Addresses of a Siemens S7 PLC, Siemens HMI and ABB Drive system on a 40Kw hydro Archimedes screw generator in Rochdale, allowing the OEM remote support and fault diagnostic from their offices via VPN.

Critical Breakdown. DeviceNet Fault Diagnostic on 20 head Bleach Filling machine

David Tye

Breakdown call out to diagnose and fix a machine fault on a Farason 20 head bleach filling machine in Manchester. Cable and termination issues were causing the loss of all 20 loadcells on a DeviceNet network. Various fault-finding skills and the digital storage oscilloscope were used to identify problems with cable lengths, Baud Rates, and terminations.

The machine is now back in production filling on all 20 heads.

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