Case Study

N. American Leader in Wallboard and Joint Compound Materials Expands Outside Sources for Gypsum

Production line of gypsum board for construction. Plant for the production of construction materials

Client Overview

A large gypsum wallboard plant’s only resource for gypsum was a nearby power plant, creating a significant cost risk and bottleneck. They needed a way to bring in more gypsum from outside sources by railcars to expand their volume. The project included building and delivering an E-house with PLC Panels, Distribution Transformers and Panelboards.

Description of Services Provided:

  • Managed all construction oversight during phases of electrical installation & check-out – involved from start to finish
  • Built E-House (modified shipping container), design engineering to tie into existing 25kV switchgear, power to E-House
  • E&I design engineering and installation packages
  • Installed AB ControlLogix with L71 CPU PLC Panel
  • Motor Controls and PLC I/O interconnected within E-House building
  • PLC to MCC Wiring
  • Programmed PLC/HMI
  • Conducted FAT testing
  • Provided point to point continuity, power-up and simulation testing on the panels

Customer Results:

This gypsum plant had a very limited source of gypsum for producing their wallboard and needed to significantly increase their volume using new technology.  By providing quality E&I design, programming, and installation support on time and on budget, this client was now able to receive railcars from outside sources in a timely manner, thus reducing their supply chain risk and providing more competitive pricing.