Case Study

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

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.