TMG Romania: "Tire Production & Power Supply"
“Thanks to xEnergy we will be able to connect additional consumers in the future without having to isolate the system – a significant benefit of the xEnergy system.”
Project Manager of TMG Romania
The manufacture of car tires is a particularly energy and raw materials intensive process, in which more than 30 litres of mineral oil, rubber, various chemicals, metals and strengthening supports are processed with a high degree of technological expertise. The names of worldwide top producers are synonymous with high performance and safety for everyday tire requirements – and often also for motor racing. These companies are also mostly making new approaches in the development of sustainable production processes. In 2010, one European company reduced its worldwide water and energy consumption, and the tire manufacturer was also able to reduce its CO2 emissions and waste production. The company made extensive investments in Romania, and awarded Eaton with the contract to provide safe and reliable energy distribution in an impressive all-in-one package.
The aim of the extensive investment was to expand the tire production facility. Romania is the location for several car manufacturers, such as Renault, which produces the Romanian Dacia, and Ford, which assembles its Transit Connect. Renault has also opened an R&D center in Titu, near Bucharest, with a 32 km long test track on a 330 hectare area. Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria are strongly expanding markets in the automotive sector overall, as well as for parts production. To tire manufacturers, the local proximity to a cluster of original equipment manufacturers is of considerable strategic importance.
Complete solution in collaboration with Eaton
The engineering company contracted by the tire manufacturer was TMG Romania, a branch of the consulting company TMG GmbH Deutschland, which specializes in strategic consulting and which was a key participant in the project. The electrical installation company, ICCO Electric Brasov, which had already been responsible previously for the construction of the electrical installations, was also active. In collaboration with Eaton, a complete solution was developed to meet the demanding requirements of the project. ICCO Electric supplied the electrical devices and was once again responsible for the panel building. The tire manufacturer relies on a complete package from Eaton for energy distribution: Starting from two 24kV SVS mediumvoltage distribution boards (SVS08, SVS12), as well as 2000 kVA power transformers and a 3200A low-voltage xEnergy main distribution system, the decentralized energy distribution is implemented via XP 1600A and MP 630A busbar trunking systems to several xEnergy subdistribution systems. Two Eaton UPS systems, 60kVA each, ensure an uninterrupted power supply of the IT systems. xEnergy provides panel builders with a freely combinable product range for power distribution systems up to 4000A. The system is a modular design and allows for a host of intelligent combinations. Switching and protective devices, as well as the associated mounting system and enclosure components are perfectly matched and form one technical and economical unit.
Individual project design and maximum flexibility
The system platform allows for individual project design, maximum flexibility and fast assembly in the workshop. Expanding the modular system in order to meet growing requirements is easy and quick, thus making it future-proof. The modular system integrates exactly tailored function modules that are type tested to IEC/ EN 60439, with Form 1 to Form 4b internal partitioning, and complies with the requirements of European and local installation standards (DIN, VDE, CEI, NF, UNE). Panel builders are provided with efficient software tools for all stages from planning, to quotations right up to ordering: The documents and the switchboard front view are printed out with the order. If required, Eaton can supply the entire range packed in functional flat pack units or as a pre-assembled switching cabinet. Documents for the installation also come with detailed assembly instructions. The SVS medium-voltage distribution system is a modular, sheet-steel enclosed and epoxy resin insulated system designed for medium voltages up to 24kV, and is completely free of environmentally harmful SF6 gas. The vacuum switch-disconnectors and circuit-breakers developed by Eaton offer an outstanding lifespan with a high number of switch operations. The multie parallel switching arcs (diffuse discharge) that are produced between the contacts in the vacuum result in a very low arc voltage and short arcing times which keeps contact wear to a minimum. The vacuum switch units are designed for rated currents up to 630 A and for short-circuit currents up to 25kA. All live parts in the SVS switchboard are provided with high quality epoxy resin primary insulation and thus prevent internal arcs. This also excludes the possibility of contact with energized components during maintenance, repair or mounting work. The insulating material is also resistant to lightning impulse voltage. The grounded metal cladding of the switchboard offers additional personal safety (IP4X to IEC-298).
"The collaboration with Eaton in this outstanding project was very beneficial to us as consultants and also to our customer. We benefited from their continuous support in all phases of the project. The high quality products of Eaton and the Eaton overall package in particular justified our choice of supplier, also for the installation and commissioning", explained Mihai Grosu, project manager of TMG Romania, the local branch of TMG GmbH Germany. He added: "Thanks to xEnergy we will be able to connect additional consumers in the future without having to isolate the system – a significant benefit of the xEnergy system".