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Electrical, Control & Instrumentation (EC&I)

The in-house EC&I department at SCX Special Projects designs complex electrical, control and instrumentation systems to safely control and automate specialist cranes and bespoke handling solutions.

SCX Special Projects works with a vast range of clients, including the MoD and sports and entertainment venues such as Wimbledon, but we predominantly work with clients in the high-risk, safety-led nuclear industry, on both decommissioning and live sites. All our handling solutions are designed to improve the safety and efficiency of our clients’ operations, and at the heart of this focus are the safe, reliable and maintainable control systems engineered by our in-house EC&I department.

Retractable roof fully deployed over Wimbledon Centre Court

Retractable roof fully deployed over Wimbledon Centre Court

 

The majority of our solutions involve positioning systems, for which our EC&I department is able to create a wide range of control systems, from the modification and upgrade of commercial off-the-shelf crane controls, through the synchronisation of thousands of separate components for retractable roof systems, to the creation of independent Nuclear Protection Systems (NPS) to meet the safety functional requirements of the nuclear industry.

Inside and outside view of a control panel

Control panel built by SCX Special Projects EC&I department

Emphasis on Safety

Safety is the main focus of the EC&I department, with risk assessments driving all our designs. Whilst our standard controls provide all the necessary protection systems for the majority of handling solutions, they can be enhanced with machine safety systems and/or functional safety critical systems to create a superior design solution.

The high-risk demands of the nuclear industry require robust safety protection systems that go far beyond the remit of traditional controls. SCX Special Projects' EC&I team have the knowledge and experience to analyse your requirements, then design and install the best safety features for your needs. For example, we can install primary and secondary standby control systems, or back-up safety recovery solutions that return nuclear cranes to their maintenance zones in the event of a failure inside the containment area.

Venn diagram showing the safety aspects that drive SCX Special Projects

Venn diagram showing the safety aspects that drive SCX Special Projects EC&I department

CCTV safety camera on the underside of a hoist to provide the operator with the ideal view of the pintle and load for accurate positioning

CCTV safety camera on the underside of a hoist to provide the operator with the ideal view of the pintle and load for accurate positioning

SCX Special Projects has in-house, TUV-certified functional safety engineering capabilities and the EC&I department can produce all the necessary safety critical design documentation, as well as safety reliability and statistical calculations to minimise risk around high-integrity operations such as on Class 1 cranes. To date, SCX Special Projects has designed control systems up to SIL3 (safety integrity level 3).

As well as utilising only Suitably Qualified and Experienced Persons (SQEP) on our projects, our commitment to continuous personnel development ensures that all our employees have the knowledge, skills and desire to do the best possible job for our clients. This includes project-specific training requested by clients, such as site-specific safety training.

Our EC&I design engineers work closely with all other functions throughout the project life cycle, from project management, to fabrication, installation and commissioning engineers, in order to maximise system integration and understanding, thereby optimising our capability to provide follow-up maintenance services.

Fuel building crane operator desk

Fuel building crane operator desk

SCX Special Projects EC&I team in a meeting

SCX Special Projects EC&I team in a meeting

EC&I and mechanical integration

Used by both our EC&I and mechanical fabrication teams, SCX Special Projects’ vast Assembly & Test Facilities enables us to manufacture our designs and provide the full turnkey solution.

Because our EC&I team works closely alongside the project management and mechanical engineers on all SCX Special Projects solutions throughout all stages of a project, we can guarantee complete EC&I and mechanical integration and continuity across the entire project life cycle, including:

  • Concept design and feasibility studies
  • Detailed design
  • Functional design specifications
  • Software design specifications
  • Design risk assessments
  • Safety reliability calculations
  • System manufacture and testing, both FAT and SAT
  • System installation and commissioning
  • Ongoing service, maintenance and upgrade or repair work

The emphasis on high reliability and safe operation flows through into everything else we do, meaning that controls safety considerations are paramount when we design handling systems for any industry.

Touch screen and panels for safe operation of nuclear cranes

Touch screen and panels for safe operation of nuclear cranes

 

Get in touch today to find out how SCX Special Projects' EC&I department will ensure safety is a priority for your project.

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SCX Special Projects Ltd
Roman Ridge Road,
Sheffield, S9 1GA
Tel: +44 (0)114 243 1142
Email: info@scx.co.uk
An SCX Company