Measuring the response time of gas detectors

Just twelve months after completing his university studies, Ampcontrol Graduate Engineer Thomas Steigler will travel to Tokyo, Japan, next week to deliver the findings of his research work to the international IEC Gas Detector Standards Committee MT 60079-29.

Thomas has been studying innovative ways to measure the response time of gas detectors, and has developed a test procedure that is three to five times more repeatable than any previously used methods. This is significant as repeatability is the most important attribute of any performance test.

The results of Thomas’ work will lead to revisions in the international standards for gas detectors. These same standards will eventually be adopted in Australia, against which Ampcontrol’s Gasguard products will be measured.

Group Engineering Manager Ian Webster said “The invitation extended to Thomas to present his work is an honour for any researcher, let alone one who has only been working in the area for eight months.” He added “It is also a great credit to Ampcontrol that its Graduate Program allows and encourages young professionals to engage in ground breaking research that benefits both the company and the gas detection industry globally.”

‘Super sewer’ emergency back-up power project a success in London, UK

The existing sewer system in London, UK, built around 150 years ago, was originally constructed for a planned population growth of four million people. With London’s population now nearing the nine million mark, the city decided to invest in the Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London’s new ‘super sewer’.

The Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLO JV) was selected to build the central section of the new 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel to run under the River Thames. As part of this landmark project, Ampcontrol was contracted to assist with the provision of emergency back-up power.

Ampcontrol provided 1,100kVA of emergency back-up generation capacity and the associated cabling for the tie-in to the distribution system of the project.

Due to the project’s time sensitivity, temporary generators of equal capacity were supplied during the manufacturing period of the new units. Ampcontrol also provided onsite pre-commissioning support to ensure smooth installation and operational readiness of the new units supplied.

Ampcontrol is proud to have successfully completed the scope of generation capacity supply and support within the required timeframe to one of the most significant UK tunnelling projects in the heart of London.

Steven Edmund, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director in the UK, said, “A very high standard of quality is demanded by the UK industry and in true Ampcontrol style this was achieved by following sound engineering principles, providing high quality equipment, being customer centric, and recognising the requirements of all stakeholders and the environment.”

Read our Thames Tideway Tunnel case study here.

Gilghi Water Solution Receives Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award for Innovation

On July 12, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards for their breakthrough water solution Gilghi.

Sponsored by Event Cinemas, the Excellence in Innovation category recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

The Gilghi remote water unit has been installed at Gillen Bore, approximately 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and uses advanced filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution designed and developed at Ampcontrol’s new Warners Bay, NSW facility.

Led by Ampcontrol and developed in partnership with Aurecon, Gilghi was manufactured and commissioned as a unique remote area solar water treatment unit that utlilises advanced battery technology. This in-house developed, two-way inverter and locally sourced water treatment and reverse osmosis system that is neatly packaged for delivery in a shipping container. The system offers either a 3G/4G or iridium satellite link for remote monitoring and alarming of the power system and water treatment process. With a range of configurations and a plug and play commissioning process, the Gilghi is a simple solution to a variety of applications.

As a result of this win, Ampcontrol now proceeds to the Hunter Business Awards announced in August this year. For enquiries regarding Gilghi, please contact +61 1300 267 373.

Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj moderates Engineers Australia event

Engineers Australia recently held three Thought Leadership Forums in Singapore and Hong Kong. They were part of a series that covers a range of engineering topics.

The series kicked off in Singapore with a Thought Leadership Forum on Digital Engineering on 25 April. Liak Goh from Aurecon was the keynote speaker, Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj was the moderator for the panel discussion and ARUP’s Andrew Nelson was on the panel. Forty-five people attended the event, including His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner.

The series then moved to Hong Kong on 24 May on the topic of Waste Management and returned to Singapore on 11 June to discuss Facade.

Engineers Australia will continue to host more Thought Leadership Forums covering different topics in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The aim of the series is to offer continuous learning opportunities that engage members and industry as well as providing opportunities for speakers to share their expertise and experience.

The next topic is on Energy. The event will take place in Singapore on 10 July and Malaysia on 11 July.

Image: Bernie Raj from Ampcontrol Hong Kong (right) with Liak Goh from Aurecon (left) and Andrew Nelson from ARUP (centre).

Ampcontrol India moves to new premises in Kolkata

Allenwest Ampcontrol India, the Indian branch of the Ampcontrol Group, has recently relocated to a new facility in Kolkata, leaving behind its previous premises in Bilaspur. The new facility is modern, centrally located and has already received the approval of the employees working there. Allenwest Ampcontrol India’s work focuses primarily on the mining sector and the relocation was important: Ampcontrol India needed to move closer to its customers so the business could provide improved customer support and service to the region.

“We are very excited to realise the full potential of the new facility over the coming months and have already seen a benefit to our productivity and existing relationships,” says Avinash Kumar, Sales and Service Engineer.

For those keen to visit the office in Kolkata, the address is: Allenwest Ampcontrol India Pvt Ltd, Floor 9, Victoria Park, Plot No GN 37/2, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700091, West Bengal.

Ampcontrol UK heads to Russia for Ugol Rossii

Ampcontrol UK is currently exhibiting at the Ugol Rossii 26th Annual International Trade Fair for Coal Mining Technology, Preparation and Materials Handling at the Kuzbass Fair Exhibition Centre in Novokuznetsk, Russia. The fair runs from 4 to 7 June and Ampcontrol UK’s exhibition booth is being manned by Sales Manager Doug Etches. Feel free to come along and see the exhibition and meet many industry leaders all in one place.

Latest offering to Indian Coal market installed successfully

Ampcontrol’s AUK1000 advanced multi-function gate end box is certified for use in underground coal mines across Europe, Turkey and India. It was recently commissioned onsite at Bhelatand Amalgamated Colliery in Jharkhand, India.

Ampcontrol was contracted to design, manufacture and deliver a central motor control unit that could operate up to four conveyor belts from a single station with full digital display and control. The unit was commissioned onsite and 14 local service engineers were trained in both the theoretical and practical application of the equipment.

For more information on this solution, please contact your local Ampcontrol team.

To download the case study on the AUK1000, click here.

Providing Transformer Lifecycle Support

Ampcontrol provides full lifecycle support for Power Transformers. Following the initial design, manufacture and installation however, how do you ensure that your Transformer is operating reliably and effectively?

Transformer lifecycle diagram

Ampcontrol provides a range of Transformer testing and maintenance services and has extensive experience in oil sampling, testing and diagnostics, oil regeneration, vacuum filling and the supply of filtration and dry out systems to ensure optimum Transformer operation.

We know the operational value of your high voltage infrastructure, which is why we combine these transformer oil maintenance services with our high voltage and onsite services to ensure operational availability and compliant management. Our onsite service teams are located in key regions across Australia to provide scheduled and on-call support when and where you need it.

Thanks to our new partnership SDMyers, Ampcontrol can also connect customers with internationally recognised transformer maintenance trainers to participate in three specialist courses targeted at electrical, industrial or utility technicians and engineers, maintenance managers, engineering management, electrical contractors and service companies.

The courses include Transformer Maintenance Essentials, Electrical Testing and Load Tap Changer and will run in October this year. For more detail on the content of these SDMyers courses, and to register your interest, click here.

To find out more about Ampcontrol’s Transformer capabilities, check out our Transformer overview and our Transformer refurbishment case study.

Ampcontrol connects Northern Territory to specialist HV Services

In response to growing opportunities and demand for Ampcontrol solutions throughout Northern Australia, Ampcontrol have established a local presence in Winnellie, Darwin.

Focusing on the delivery of specialist High Voltage services for energy, oil and gas, mining and defence markets, the site will operate an agile field service crew that will connect with the wider network of Ampcontrol’s Northern QLD operations to bring Northern Territory customers market leading High Voltage infrastructure such as switchrooms and transformers.

From high voltage compliance audits and safety management plans, to high voltage repairs, maintenance, upgrades and testing, Ampcontrol has dedicated High Voltage service teams across Australia who ensure safe, compliant and on time completion of  high voltage infrastructure projects. This is in addition to the manufacture and supply of market leading power distribution equipment, including remote area installations using energy sources such as solar, wind or battery.

Ampcontrol recently completed HV commissioning work for two power stations in the Northern Territory and are active members of Energy Club NT, where they attended the ‘Meet The Buyers’ event to promote the NT business supply chain. As in previous years, Ampcontrol sponsored and exhibited at the NT Resources Week, a leading exhibition for the Resources, Infrastructure and Oil and Gas markets in this region.

For more information on our range of High Voltage services, visit our High Voltage services page and submit an inquiry today.

Supporting our customers across the world – onsite commissioning and testing

The Zonguldak Region comprises five coal mines along the Black Sea coastal line. Ampcontrol has been a long term supplier to this region, with the support of local agent, MTM. Ampcontrol was contracted to deliver the
following power distribution equipment from its UK operation:
• 30 x 3.3kV Motor Starters (Karadon Mine)
• 2 x 3.3kV Circuit Breakers (Amasra Mine)

In addition to the equipment, two service engineers were sent to the sites to carry out the commissioning and testing.

For more information about this project, please read the case study.