Access to critical process data increases critical asset availability, helps protect investments, and can lead to improved plant safety
Uptime and equipment reliability are critical in manufacturing where even a short period of downtime can prove extremely costly. In these areas the implementation of intelligent motor control centers (MCCs) play a vital role, performing critical protective and troubleshooting functions while providing detailed diagnostics to help you improve productivity and minimize downtime.
Advances in MCC technology include an integrated design that streamlines installation and setup, delivers real-time monitoring, and easily integrates into a facility-wide network. The problem is design of these systems can be time-consuming because of the many pieces and parts associated with your application.
The heart of an intelligent MCC lies in the communication network. Choosing the right network is critical. There are advantages and disadvantages to every offering. We can help you pick the best of these offerings for your application.
The intelligent MCC allows you to monitor and analyze operations from anywhere at any time. With access to more detailed information over longer periods of time, you can better predict potential problems and prevent catastrophic failures. The improved quality and availability of data helps improve troubleshooting speed and accuracy. Maintenance personnel receive simple descriptions to pinpoint specific problems removing the guess work but these things only happen when your MCC is properly deployed.
Older MCCs lacked internal wiring and needed extensive field wiring, documentation, testing, and system integration. Today, the intelligent MCC arrives preconfigured, pretested and ready to install. The time this saves also means a greater financial savings to your bottom line.
To qualify as an intelligent MCC, every unit needs communication capability to replace the traditional control internal wiring with a single communication wire. All units should have input points to monitor devices. You also need a network scanner module or network linking to collect and distribute the device data in the MCC.
Intelligent MCCs deliver considerable cost savings in the form of reduced design, installation and documentation time. Savings occur as a result of the significant reduction in cabling requirements. Users report installation costs are reduced by up to 15% compared to conventional MCC installation. You can achieve additional cost savings through improved diagnostics, which helps provide faster troubleshooting.
Improving energy efficiency is a benefit of installing intelligent MCCs. The key to energy efficiency is information and knowledge - information on what's happening in the manufacturing process and the knowledge to respond appropriately. This is where intelligent MCCs networked to high-performance controllers and advanced energy-management software helps provide the analysis and understanding needed to maximize energy savings.
Motor Control Centers offer you options to simplify your power distribution systems with a common bus approach. Advantages include protection of personnel from Arc Flash events and reduction of activities that require exposure to live electrical components. They also increase the information available to operations and maintenance personnel.
Reducing exposure to electrical hazards is a primary emphasis of an ArcFlash program. Centerline MCC with ArcShield options protect your workers from an arc-fault by controlling the energy during an event. ArcShield MCCs are built to IEEE C37.20.7-2007 standards for medium voltage metal-enclosed switchgear, providing industry-leading protection. Options can also help to reduce the amount of let-through energy by coordinating incoming protection, as well as eliminate the need to open doors to verify presence of voltage.
IEC Motor Control Centers are designed to meet the requirements of IEC 60439-1. The Allen-Bradley IEC CENTERLINE 2500 MCC meets global standards with fully with-drawable units to help minimize downtime, high density columns, and high short circuit withstand ratings in type-tested enclosures.
NEMA Motor Control Centers combine rugged-durability and premium quality, meeting UL and NEMA standards. The Allen-Bradley NEMA CENTERLINE 2100 MCC has a solid grounding system, proven CENTERLINE bus design and is fully isolated for maximum fault containment. NEMA CENTERLINE 2100 MCC with SecureConnect link to help provide a safer work environment with the ability to disconnect power from the vertical power bus in an individual unit with the door closed.
Intelligent motor control reduces downtime. Protect your investment and have quicker time to market.
IntelliCENTER Software, from Allen-Bradley, is a factory configured display package that gives you real time data from your MCC, out of the box. Elevation view as well as individual faceplates put information at your fingertips. Monitoring view allows you to make parameter changes, while Documentation view gives you access to all of your drawings, manuals and parts lists.