ICC Announces New Control System for MMSD

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The Industrial Controls Company, Inc. (ICC) announced the kickoff of a new process control system at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). A control system project such as this demonstrates ICC’s unique ability to provide design innovation, real world functionality, rigorous testing and quality metrics that exceed industry standards.

New Control Panel for MMSD in Milwaukee

New Control Panel for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

We looked to ICC to help solve these design challenges with creative thinking and they delivered.

The Industrial Controls Company, Inc. (ICC) announced the kickoff of a new process control system at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). Design innovations as well as quality standards and metrics that are above industry norms play a critical role in having control panels installed and running within hours.

ICC partnered with Werner Electric Supply and Staff Electric Company to replace 23 pump control drives for the MMSD. MMSD provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Best practice in control panel design requires factoring in real world functionality and ease of use. Every opportunity possible is taken to make small additions or thoughtful tweaks in the design process to go above and beyond the specifications.

For instance, a component in the MMSD panels had the ability to sense a high temperature issue. Additional logic was added to alert the operator of the high temperature state, send a signal to the external PLC, and engage protective measures inside the panel. None of these were requirements of the specification, but they are features that ICC would want a true partner to provide.

The design of the units not only benefited the customer, but also the general contractor, Staff Electric Company, Inc. During the initial assessment of the project, it was noted that existing wiring conditions for each of the 23 units were extremely varied and would be expensive to modify. In order to accommodate these conditions, the control wiring terminals were installed to be adjustable. This feature allowed the inputs and outputs of the panel to be moved wherever the control wiring terminated in the existing conditions, saving the general contractor from splicing or running new wire.

As Rob Tutkowski at Staff Electric Company, Inc. puts it, “The Industrial Controls Company, Inc. has provided us with exceptional design assistance and manufacturing of 23 drive panels for installation in two Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District locations, encompassing five different building. It was imperative they fit into the existing infrastructure as well as function properly in an environment the can get pretty warm. We looked to ICC to help solve these design challenges with creative thinking and they delivered.”

Every control panel that ICC ships includes a detailed inspection checklist initialed by the inspector. This serves both to ensure that no detail is missed as well as provide traceability in the rare event a field issue does pop up.

Above and beyond the rigorous standard procedure, many control panels also undergo a functional test at the factory where field conditions are simulated. In the case of the MMSD pump control panels, the units were attached to an actual motor and then tested against every line of the specification. This additional testing up front saves the time, effort, and money of all parties involved at the time of the startup.

About The Industrial Controls Company, Inc.: ICC provides OEM’s and end users with engineering and manufacturing services from simple control panels or programming to complete "turnkey" manufacturing of process control systems. The company mission is to make customers successful above all else.

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