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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

06 May 2015

It was only last year, at the Hannover Messe, that Fibox unveiled its ARCA range of corrosion-resistant, glass reinforced polycarbonate cabinets.

Circuit isolating transformers and primary connections are installed in the Fibox ARCA enclosure installations at the City of Derry Airport
Circuit isolating transformers and primary connections are installed in the Fibox ARCA enclosure installations at the City of Derry Airport

A year on and these tough enclosures are being put to work in a variety of industries and services. Here, we take a look at a couple of applications that couldn’t be more diverse.

The first of these houses critical electrical equipment for the new approach lighting system recently installed at the City of Derry Airport, located on the south bank of Lough Foyle, northeast of Derry in Northern Ireland. The enclosures were purchased from iLecsys in Stockport, and installed by Airfield Services (a division of Edward Dewhurst) who supplied and installed the new approach lighting, cables, poles, isolating transformers and cable management/containment on a new gantry that serves runway 26.

The series circuit isolating transformers and primary connections are installed in the Fibox ARCA enclosures, which protect the electrical systems from the harsh weather conditions over the Lough and provide easy access for airport maintenance technicians.

Specialist installers such as Airfield Services, who regularly supply equipment for use in harsh and demanding environments, have welcomed this high grade glass filled polycarbonate alternative to sheet steel constructed cabinets, which are quick to corrode and deteriorate in such adverse conditions.

“The market has been telling us for a long time that there is a need for a viable alternative to the thousands of sheet steel enclosures being installed every year in environments for which they are simply not designed,” says Fibox UK’s Steve Gallon. “ARCA took two years to develop and we firmly believe we now have a range which has all the features of sheet steel but all the benefits of high grade thermoplastic.”

In the short amount of time ARCA has been on the market, it has satisfied the needs of a diverse range of applications: remote control system cabinets in the water supply/wastewater treatment industries; monitoring stations in exclusive London car parks; batch feeding controllers in the agricultural industry, and even non-electrical applications like a substation life saving kit or housing fire extinguishers on the decks of ships.

Meanwhile, over in Cleveland, Ohio...
Founded in 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio, Chick Master is among the most successful hatchery equipment suppliers in the world, producing incubation, ventilation and control systems for the global poultry industry. In particular, the company has developed a number of highly successful and efficient incubation systems that are basically designed to recover heat from the developing embryos and recycle it into the incoming hatchery environment.

Whilst focusing on the dynamic link between ventilation and incubation, Chick Master chose Fibox to supply two sizes of the latter’s ARCA IEC enclosure range (namely, ARCA 403015 and ARCA 604021 models) to house and protect the Zeus RiO ventilation control system, which is at the heart of its new CC3 2700 and 5400 systems. These systems are optimised to manage hatcheries or facilitate hatchery expansions producing from 190,000 to 380,000 eggs per week.

With more than 30 units in operation worldwide, and many more on order for shipping throughout the year; especially those intended for the North and South American markets, the CC3-GL systems are not simply HVAC systems; they’re intelligent energy management systems which offer a huge range of benefits, energy savings – as well as peace of mind - for chicken producers around the world.

Chick Master chose ARCA cabinets as a viable and cost effective alternative to stainless steel. It was important that the enclosures was corrosion proof, were tough and could take a regular clean-down. Being much lighter than steel, these cabinets were also welcomed by the installation teams.

Fibox supplied the cabinets direct from their manufacturing facility in Poland with the product logo already silk screen printed on the door. Chick Master chose to take on the task of machining and fitting a touch screen into the larger of the two cabinets, according to the needs of the application

Machining ARCA enclosures is easy; the removable hinge pins allow Chick Master to remove the doors and simply customise them as required. The doors are then easily refitted without compromising the IP66 environment protection rating.

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