AMPCONTROL DELIVERS ‘PURE’ WATER TO REMOTE COMMUNITY IN THE NT

Solving problems comes as second nature to Ampcontrol, one of Australia’s largest and most successful electrical engineering and manufacturing companies. When presented with the challenge of delivering drinkable water to a remote, indigenous community approximately 75kms from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the team set about engineering a solution that could be maintained and supported locally.

Partnering with Aurecon on the design of the hydrology system, Ampcontrol devised a unique and entirely portable solution that literally transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water. The parties dubbed this Project Gilghi, with Gilghi meaning “water” or “place of water” in the Barkindji indigenous language.

“Innovation is very much a part of the culture at Ampcontrol, and we specialise in electrical design and advanced manufacturing. We are grateful for this opportunity provided by the Northern Territory Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development and Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services. Our partnership with Aurecon meant we were able to leverage the respective strengths of our two organisations and deliver a truly unique solution” said Ampcontrol’s CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson.

After months of collaborative engineering between Ampcontrol and Aurecon specialists to devise the reverse osmosis water treatment plant and electrical infrastructure to power the system, what looks like a shipping container with solar panels has meant the people of Gillen Bore have immediate access to clean, contaminant free drinking water. The bore was sunk in 2014, however the community were still getting their drinking water trucked in until the system was installed onsite in late February.

Aurecon’s Design Director for Water and Wastewater Treatment Julian Briggs said groundwaters in arid areas commonly consist of high concentrations of salts as well as minerals, often described as ‘hard water’, which can cause problems both for human consumption and for household technologies designed for softer waters.

“By partnering with Ampcontrol what we have been able to achieve is something that is fit for purpose and scalable to the environment. We’ve designed a transformative technology that will have an immediate impact on the local community,” Mr Briggs said.

The local community created a beautiful artwork titled “honey ant dreaming”, which is a big part of their culture – this was installed on the exterior of the system and provides a great visual connection for the people and their new water source.

With the system now up and running, both Aurecon and Ampcontrol are looking at further applications in remote areas and indigenous communities across Australia.

For enquiries regarding the Containerised Solar Powered Water Treatment Solution please contact +61 1300 267 373

Supporting power and communication requirements for WestConnex

Ampcontrol was contracted to supply 45 electrical equipment rooms (EERs) for WestConnex, Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project. The EERs include a transformer, switches, circuits and communication systems to assist with fire control, air quality and fan systems.

Westconnex is the first tunnelling project in Australia where EERs have been manufactured offsite and installed directly into the tunnel, compared to the traditional method of building them in-situ. This method has resulted in a number of positive benefits for the project, namely significantly reduced install time, improved safety and a decrease in the resources required for installation.

To find out more, read the full case study.

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 product commissioning and training support to the Indian coal Industry

Continuous mining mass production and longwall mining technology is an integral component of the Eastern Coalfields mines in Jhanjra, India. To provide essential power to this operation,  Allenwest Ampcontrol was commissioned to produce a AW2000 1.5MVA 6600/1100/550V flameproof power centre. The power centre was installed with International Standard Quality sockets for 1100v and 550v outlets.

In addition to this installation, Allenwest Ampcontrol facilitated a comprehensive training session with mine staff to ensure they could competently operate the system.

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

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.

Our Award Winning Projects

Throughout Ampcontrol’s 50 year history we’ve sought unique solutions to help our customers tackle their operational challenges. We’re known for stepping outside the conventions of traditional problem solving and this has been recognised time and time again with a number of prestigious awards.

Research and Development Leads to New Products

In 1998 Ampcontrol won our first National engineering Excellence Award for the development of the iMAC monitoring and control system.

Ampcontrol’s iMAC system helps customers meet the challenges of maintaining safety whilst maximising productivity on both underground and overland conveyors.

iMAC remains an important cornerstone of Ampcontrol’s electronics product range and has a solid history of installation on some of Australia’s longest conveyors.

Find out more

We’re the First to Say ‘Yes We Can’

When challenged with an AFC that was impractical to power at the 3.3kV industry standard Ampcontrol looked outside the box.

The Blakefield South 11kV longwall was a world first and represented a significant step change for longwall mining.

Critical to the success of this project was proving the safety of 11kV electrical circuitry in a hazardous areas zone. This required extensive engineering, design review, calculation and verification testing.

Ampcontrol together with project partners Xstrata Coal and Joy Global won the 2010 National Engineering Excellence Award for this project.

Find out more

Stepping Outside Traditional Problem Solving

Seven years of research into the significant hazards variable speed drives can cause in earth fault limited networks culminated in the Engineers Australia National Innovation Award in 2013.

This project exemplified the role of engineering in developing and testing theories to solve real world problems, educating the industry and providing commercially acceptable solutions.

Find out more

Setting Industry Benchmarks in Arc Fault Venting

This project encompassed two key innovations: the development of a novel measurement method using energetic materials and the development of a composite high speed rupturing vent.

Motivated by the need to ensure higher levels of safety for personnel, plant and equipment in the vicinity of live electrical enclosures, this project exemplifies Ampcontrol’s commitment to safety.

This research and development won Ampcontrol a 2015 Engineers Australia, Newcastle Division, Engineering Excellence Award.

Find out more

Celebrating Multi-Disciplinary Design

Ampcontrol are committed to enhancing our products and delivering unique solutions to ours customers challenges. That’s why when it was time to re-design an outdated phone we started with the end user, what they needed and why.

The result was the VoiceCom Phone a lightweight, user friendly, robust and reliable phone for day to day and emergency communications.

The VoiceCom Phone has set a new standard in quality and performance of product design and was awarded NSW Good Design Selection in 2015 and the Hunter Manufacturing Awards Excellence in Product Design Award in 2017.

Find out more

Mechanical Analysis of a 25MW Turbine

Ampcontrol was engaged to analyse machine vibration on a 25MW turbine at an alternative power generation facility in QLD.

Achievements

  • Machine balancing
  • Identification and rectification of an oil whip issue
  • Quick implementation of a solution, minimising downtime

The Project

A 25MW turbine at the facility was experiencing high levels of vibration after being returned to service from overhaul.

Ampcontrol’s mechanical team attended the site and balanced the turbine. After balancing, the turbine ran with a very low level of vibration, significantly less that before overhaul.

The vibration level of the turbine remained low until reaching half load, when the vibration spiked unexpectedly and the machine tripped.

Ampcontrol reviewed the overhaul work and data from the vibration spike and trip. The fault was identified as an oil whip caused by the bearing being unloaded by the partial arc steam admission to the turbine. Exacerbating factors included the bearing journals being machined during the overhaul to the minimum diameter allowable and a combination of the as left alignment of the machine and the very good balance condition.

Oil whip as a result of increasing machine load such as this is uncommon. Commonly oil whip is a condition seen during transient machine operation, as an oil whirl latches onto a shafts natural frequency.

Our analysis indicated that this oil whip was being caused by the bearing being unloaded due to partial arc steam admission. This is where, at lower loads, steam is supplied through multiple valves opened sequentially to minimise throttle losses.

The machine design consisted of two main steam valves opening one after the other providing steam to just under 50% of the inlet.

Analysis of the machine dynamic characteristics indicated that if the sequencing of the inlet valves was reversed the unloading that peaked at 50% load would be reversed and bearing stability would be increased.

Ampcontrol proposed a machine configuration change that would rectify the problem and the OEM of the machine carried out this modification with minimal downtime.

Once the solution was implemented the turbine ran to full load for the rest of the season without any further vibration issues.

Find out more about our Mechanical Analysis and Testing Services 

H3RO: Fast and Simple Downtime Recovery

Ampcontrol was engaged by an underground gold and copper mine in Western NSW, to provide fibre optics quickly after an existing communications cable was severed.

About the project

An existing fibre optic cable was severed at the underground gold and copper mine. This optical distribution network (ODN) was vital for mining operations. Production could not be started without dependable and reliable communication with seismic sensors.

Ampcontrol’s H3RO, harsh environment reticulated fibre optic solution, was deployed from an existing FOBOT panel for a distance over 1km along the roof, through a number of vertical drops and into another existing FOBOT enclosure.

H3RO’s plug and play cables and modular components made it the ideal choice for the fast deployment of cabling for this work. The IP68 connectors and bulkheads allowed a neat, maintainable solution that integrated seamlessly with off-the-shelf IP68 bulkheads and pigtails to match the existing patch panels.

Due to the modular installation and low loss connectors, network expansion and recovery from similar incidents in the future is now hassle free.

The entire cable run consists of a quantity of four 260m 12 core H3RO cables, making swapping any section out easy, rather than replacing the entire run or requiring expensive and time consuming fibre field splicing in the mines harsh environment.

H3RO components are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities, all items are tested and shipped with quality reports. This offers a more cost effective, reliable and risk free solution to field splicing in an underground mine where constraints such as time, darkness and the dirty working environment all affect the quality of the job.

Benefits

H3RO’s plug and play functionality and modular components enabled installation to be completed quickly by site staff, as opposed to specialist fibre optic technicians. The 260m cables on mobile reels allowed fast deployment from vehicles and fit for purpose bulkheads to pigtails allowed seamless integration with existing enclosures.

By using H3RO, expensive fibre termination equipment and specialist staff or training is no longer required to maintain the system.

H3RO’s modular components and future proof design enables cost effective and quick and easy duplication or extension as ODN requirements evolve.

Download this case study as a PDF

H3RO Fibre Optic Backbone for a Coal Mine

Ampcontrol was engaged by an underground coal mine to provide a fibre optic backbone for communication with underground mining equipment.

About the project

Ampcontrol were asked to include network connectivity as part of the supply of high voltage, electrical hardware to the underground mine. The mine required easy to deploy fibre optic hardware, for integration with new and existing equipment including third party equipment and patch panels.

Utilising H3RO, Ampcontrol’s harsh environment reticulated fibre optic solution, monitoring and control of underground equipment was achieved by connecting from an existing FOBOT patch panel
throughout the mine.

H3RO’s plug and play components made it the ideal choice for hassle free deployment of cabling for this work. The IP68 connectors and bulkheads allowed a neat, maintainable solution that integrated seamlessly using off-the-shelf IP68 bulkheads and pigtails to match existing third party equipment and patch panels.

The H3RO solution utilises common components which allowed consolidation of spares and standard deployment procedures. Extending or swapping network sections with the plug and play infrastructure is an easier and more reliable process than the traditional method of splicing and terminating fibre optics in the field.

Benefits

H3RO’s plug and play functionality and modular, interchangeable components enabled quick installation of the network by site staff, without the need for specialist fibre optic technicians. The result is a high quality, low loss dynamic network.

The H3RO cabling and components are fit for purpose for harsh environments and are priced to be replaced rather than repaired and are supplied pre-terminated with IP68 connectors for quick installation to reduce downtime. This provides immediate benefits if there is network interruption due to fibre cable damage as the BOTS (Break Out Terminals) and cabling can be easily and quickly replaced.

Compared with traditional fibre optic solutions, the installation was more cost and time effective. Fast cable deployment from a vehicle was possible with the provision of standard length cables on mobile reels and fit for purpose bulkheads to pigtails allowed seamless integration with existing enclosures. As the network expands, the system can adapt to support future requirements.

Download this case study as a PDF 

H3RO in an Underground Copper Mine

Fibre optic cable was required at the underground copper mine to monitor and manage automated mining equipment. Ampcontrol’s H3RO; harsh environment reticulated fibre optic solution, was deployed from the telecommunications hut on the surface, down a catenary wire through the existing open cut mine and into the new underground mine.

H3RO’s robust IP68 Bots (Break-Out Terminals) and UV protected cables made it the ideal choice for both the surface and underground components of the project. The H3RO fibre was reticulated down the mine with the H3RO Bots positioned where fibre cores would be required now and in the future.

Services utilising this fibre optic network include phones, load scanning, seismic sensors and sub-station monitoring. The H3RO system was terminated into the autonomous miner, allowing remote operation.
The modular system allows easy expansion as the mine progresses and agility in accessing the fibre network anywhere between the face and surface as requirements evolve.

Benefits

H3RO’s plug and play functionality and modular components enabled this installation to be undertaken by site staff, as opposed to specialist fibre optic technicians. This saved the remote site considerable time and money.

Ampcontrol then undertook a site fibre optic audit and OTDR (Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer) testing to verify the install before the new underground machines were commissioned.

H3RO’s modular components and future proof design enables quick and easy duplication or extension as required, ensuring the system can be expanded and modified as the mine advances.

Future network extensions will be completed and tested by site labour. An OTDR, training and connector cleaning and inspection kit were supplied as part of the total package.

Since commissioning the H3RO system has performed reliably, been integrated easily with additional 3rd party equipment.

Download this case study as a PDF