Utilities and power systems require 100% uptime, so proper integration of electrical systems is vital to the success of the energy industry overall. Integration is the placement of power distribution equipment inside a structure with all necessary cabling and interconnections that allow the equipment to work properly before shipping to a site.
Equipment integration can include medium-voltage and low-voltage switchgear, switchboards, motor-control centers, UPS and DC systems, power-conversion equipment, variable frequency drives, and remote monitoring and control systems. A fully-integrated power system provides a stable power source for the operation it supports, whether that be refinery, petrochemical, utility or data center applications.
Regulations Important to Avoiding Delays for Prefab Structure
Regulations and requirements play an important role when considering a prefabricated electrical enclosure. With more than 35 years of experience in the manufacturing of prefab structures and the integration of power systems, Fibrebond has the knowledge of which regulations must be met to avoid project delays from initial design all the way through to a project’s delivery at site.
- Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification – These standards are specific to driving the design for data center infrastructure. The system has four Tiers: I. Basic Capacity; II. Redundant Capacity Components; III. Concurrently Maintainable; and IV. Fault Tolerant. The first two tiers are of a tactical nature. Tier III allows for every component to be taken out of service on a planned basis. With Tier IV, any component could have an error or failure and not impact the system or its processes. The tier of each system is related to the type of components it has and the risk tolerance. As such, each system is unique—it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Once a project’s tier requirements are determined by a customer, Fibrebond project engineers work closely with the customer designing an electrical system layout to meet those requirements.
- Design – The design of the integrated structure can be complex depending on the components. Fibrebond designs are planned using 3D modeling and a detailed BOM. Blueprints are reviewed by a third-party engineering firm for State Approval, eliminating the risk of delays due to AHJ inspections. Quality control measures are taken during each step of production and testing is commenced at Fibrebond’s manufacturing facility to ensure electrical systems work properly before shipment of the system to site.
Experience Vital in Successful Delivery of Integrated Systems
Companies requiring an integrated electrical enclosure should work with an integrator that has knowledge of complex electrical systems to ensure designs meet all applicable regulations.
Fibrebond understands the importance of integrated electrical systems functioning properly. In fact, the integration of mission-critical equipment is at the core of Fibrebond’s value proposition. We provide cutting-edge electrical integration solutions for the energy sector, ensuring seamless assimilation and reliable performance while meeting regulatory requirements specific to each project’s region. Fibrebond has the proven capability to deliver an integrated electrical enclosure that will meet your project’s requirements.
Learn more about how Fibrebond supports the power industry today for a better tomorrow.