Kentaur GmbH: "Cereal Flakes & Pops Swiss-Made"
Energy Distribution – Compact and Easy to Install
Kentaur GmbH, based in Lützelflüh/Switzerland, belongs like the Dailycer Group to DE-VAUGE Cereals Holding GmbH based in Lüneburg, and is one of the leading manufacturers of cereal flakes and pops. At its Lützeflüh site Kentaur has around 70 employees and processes annually around 10,000 tons of maize, wheat, spelt and rice. DE-VAU-GE Cereals Holding GmbH has seven production sites in Europe and a turnover of around 500 million Euros. Its most important markets are Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
At Kentaur, the constantly high quality of its products and production process is of key importance. The company’s traditional strengths lie in its technologically mature solutions: All plants and machines are selected and installed after stringent examination and testing. As well as featuring state-of-the-art technology, the machines and plants have to be robustly designed and should be easy to handle and maintain.
Swiss-made is a quality standard that Kentaur meets in full. During a routine inspection of the Kentaur switchboards, the heavy current inspector therefore decided that the distribution system for the incoming goods, raw material processing and waste recycling areas needed renewing. This caused Kentaur to choose a new switchboard design that meets the latest requirements of the low-voltage installation standard (NIN) both in terms of personal protection and system protection.
The plant manager Andreas Hebeisen assigned electricians Adrian Schertenleib, Stefan Gerber and Christof Riesen with the task of replanning the power distribution system. The following requirements had to be met: Close compliance with all installation standards, optimum use of limited space and keeping within the budget set. The consistent use of circuit-breakers instead of fuses in order to reduce downtimes was the first technical decision made.
As Eaton products such as motor-protective circuit breakers, operating elements and contactors, were already successfully in operation in Kentaur plants and machines, the project managers contacted Eaton. They jointly worked out a solution to meet all customer requirements and standards stipulated. Kentaur then evaluated solutions proposed by competitors.
Eaton was then awarded the contract to provide a solution consisting of various circuit breakers (NZM1 160A/ 200A/250A, NZM2 80A/ 100A/ 125A/160A and NZM4 630A) as well as several PFR residual current relays. The customer was impressed by the compactness of the PFR with a design matching that of the NZM circuit-breaker and its functions.
The Eaton residual current release modules are matched to fit the base of the NZM1 (also on the right of the NZM1) and NZM2 circuit-breakers. These device combinations perform the following tasks: Control and switching of currents up to 250 A, as well as overload, short-circuit and residual current protection.
Alternatively, the modules can be combined with N switch-disconnectors. No external auxiliary voltage is required for this. The residual current protective module of the NZM2 is not restricted by the mains voltage. Customers can choose either pulse current or universal current sensitive models. Three-pole and 4-pole variants with different rated residual currents from 30 mA up to time selective 3A are available for virtually every mains constellation.
In the event of a fault, the RCD switch on the NZM1 first indicates the increasing residual current via an LED. Only when the set residual current is exceeded is the circuit-breaker tripped by the RCD release, thus opening the main contacts. The cause of the trip is indicated mechanically on the NZM1 and NZM2. Users can clip on optional auxiliary contacts which indicate the trip remotely. In order to restore the power supply, circuit-breakers and residual current releases must be reset and reclosed.
The PFR residual current relay with a ring-type transducer is also available. These ring-type transducers are compactly arranged on the cable run and form a functional unit together with the measuring relay that is clipped onto the DIN rail as required.
The new relay/transducer combinations cover operating currents from 1 to 1800 A. The application range covers general power distribution requirements right through to single motor feeders. The residual currents that are detected and processed by the relay are between 30 mA and 5 A.
The company electricians Adrian Schertenleib, Kentaur, summed as follows: “At Kentaur several production lines for different processing technologies are in operation round the clock. For example, the cornflakes plant for all cereals, the puffing plant for producing cereal pops, plants for milling (waste recycling) and pealing (raw material processing), flaking and coating as well as packaging plants. For this reason we must be able to fully rely on the quality of the electrical products in plants and in the power distribution systems. The space and the budget available to us for building the new panels for the incoming goods, raw material processing and waste recycling areas were limited. However, we naturally we did not want to forfeit any of the requirements and standards that had been specified beforehand. The employees at Eaton in Switzerland gave us highly expert advice, as well as offering a comprehensive service with very fast response times. A future-proof system for personnel and system protection is now in place.”