Electrical engineer Cross Services Engineering Limited (CSEL) has produced a sophisticated Low Voltage Switchgear Control system for IT data services specialist Getronics. The design, construction and installation of the Switchgear Control is the latest in a line of successful projects carried out by CSEL for Getronics at its National Data Centre in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Getronics is a leading international provider of information and communication technology (ICT) services for blue chip companies including Barclays Bank. When it was looking to upgrade and replace existing obsolete power systems, it turned to CSEL. The multi discipline engineering company has a long standing ‘Term Maintenance’ contract with Getronics, and has previously delivered a number of switch room upgrades by installing new switchboards for greater power stability.
CSEL’s in-house engineers proposed a switchgear design using Eaton HOLEC’s TABULA component range. Once this was approved by Getronics, a process of constructing the bespoke switchgear panels began at CSEL’s St. Helens workshop. After passing all Factory Acceptance Tests, the switchgear was then transported in four sections and re-constructed in-situ at the Getronics’ facility, before undergoing further Site Acceptance Tests.
By meticulously testing the switchgear system during all stages of the construction and installation, CSEL has ensured the safe delivery of a high specification switchgear which replaces ageing electrical infrastructure. Getronics now has an assured, reliable and modern electrical solution suitable for supporting the IT systems essential for a range of UK businesses.
Furthermore, as CSEL also provides Getronics with a host of 24 hour on-site technical services, experienced technicians are readily available to support the company and ensure the smooth integration of new electrical systems with existing infrastructure.
CSEL’s business unit manager and switchgear engineer Martin Jolley
comments: “We have built a solid reputation amongst our clients for delivering high quality switchgear and control systems, constructed by engineers with a wealth of component knowledge and electrical engineering expertise. Getronics turned to our engineers and on-site technicians for a bespoke solution to replace an obsolete system, and as a result of our collaboration, we have provided it with the electrical stability to continue its important work without technical disruptions.
Cross’ on-site manager at Getronics Tony Doughty concludes: “Over the past five years we have built an excellent working relationship with Getronics which has allowed the company to thrive. The on-site expertise that we provide is an understated part of the Cross Services Engineering package, but without our dedicated technicians, the smooth operation of the Getronics site and others like it would be considerably harder.”
“We look forward to continuing to provide Getronics with further important switchgear systems throughout 2007.”
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