Contract Panel Building

Client: Fonterra
Drier Fire Panel Build
Duration: 2 months

Due to the volatile nature of dried milk powder, fires can occur as the powder is being heated and dried. For this reason Fonterra decided to design and build one common Fire Drier Control Panel that would replace all currently installed panels on all of their New Zealand Dairy sites. This would provide conformity across all of their sites.

B.W. Murdoch Ltd was hired as the main contractor to design the control system within these cabinets and also provide field installation. Our brief was to design twelve cabinets to house the electrical equipment, assemble and terminate electrical components on to the gear trays and deliver each finished cabinet to site.

We worked very closely with our client as each factory had a limited seasonal shutdown period and each cabinet had to be assembled and delivered promptly. This gave the site crew enough time in which to install the cabinets and commission before factory start up began.

Work carried out included:

  • Detailed logistics and pre-planning.
  • Design twelve IP65 powder coated electrical cabinets.
  • Design gear tray layout and assemble all trunking and din rail to the formica backplane.
  • Assemble all electrical components including PLC’s, DC power supplies, breakout termination cards and wiring looms onto gear tray.
  • Terminate all wiring including individual core labels.
  • Deliver to each factory site.