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Article Date: 11th June 2014

Broadcrown Test & Commissioning Team

Power Generation - Diesel Generators - Gas Generators - Standby Power

Broadcrown Simon Rhodes

Broadcrown has a combined test and commissioning department that serves both in-house testing and on-site commissioning.

The test department comprises of a stand-alone test house, sited at our factory in Stafford, which enables us to test plant room units inside and multiple canopy and containerised units around its perimeter.

We test the full range of product from our small power export standard product range up to 4MVA bespoke multiple high voltage units.

Our test house staff comprises full time test engineers and a test supervisor.

The responsibilities and roles of the test engineer are to take units which are designed and built within Broadcrown, and turn them into an operating product which has been put through its paces, critiqued and tweaked to make a real product of a design concept.

Working to BS 8528 standards and higher we cover all aspects of power generator systems testing.

Typical examples are:

  • Standard factory testing commonly described as alarms, shutdowns and load test.
  • Load impact testing.
  • Noise testing.
  • Thermal testing of gas and diesel CHP’s.
  • Set to set synchronising and load sharing.
  • Control systems point to graphics testing.
  • PLC redundancy and functional test.
  • Multi-drop remote PLC IO system testing.
  • Specialised ATS and switchboard testing at LV and HV

Supporting our in house test team is our commissioning team:

Commissioning engineers are front line men who understand the responsibility of their every step. As a man on the ground fronting the customer in the most diverse, and often uncomfortable, situations when the pressure of a project is at its upmost, the commissioning engineer comes into his own. At Broadcrown we realise the qualities needed to fill this role and as such have built a team of full time commissioning engineers, under the control of a commissioning manager.

The skills of the commissioning engineer include knowledge and experience of:

  • Control systems, both hardwired and black box programming
  • Electrical Protection Systems- primary and secondary injection
  • Communications Systems- MODBUS, CANBUS and Ethernet fibre redundant rings
  • Mains Parallel G59/2 testing and witnessing with DNO for both LV and HV systems in the UK and Europe
  • PLC/HMI software fault finding/writing for Allen Bradley, GE Fanuc and Mitsubishi
  • LV/HV switchboard interfacing and control, typically on Schneider, ABB type systems
  • Gas and CHP thermal systems in hospitals and local authorities
  • Fuel polishing and fuel transfer systems in almost any diesel generator environment

Our commissioning portfolio comprises of some of the most prestigious standby power systems in the UK and afar. Covering financial, educational, health, utility, oil/gas/offshore sectors and much more, we at Broadcrown believe in and appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience held by our commissioning engineers.

All commissioning engineers are experienced, trained and qualified to work on any of our systems and the qualifications are, but not limited to, as follows.

  • CSCS card holders
  • CITB approved SSSTS & SMSTS training
  • First Aid at work
  • Fire marshal training
  • High Voltage awareness and switching (HV AP standard)
  • EUSR SHE & Blue water hygiene card holders
  • Gas safe trained
  • Schneider MiCom protection relay commissioning
  • BOSIET offshore safety and survival training
Recent notable projects include:

  • Canary wharf Fenchurch set (the walkie talkie)
  • Leadenhall St (the cheese grater)
  • Bank of England
  • Milton Keynes hospital
  • Shell Brunei
  • Southern water 4D projects- Barns Green, West Marsden and Wye
  • Thames water WWTW and STTW- Riverside and Crossness being some of the larger projects within the capital area
  • Birmingham University

Further to our project work the commissioning department help provide support for customer training and technical backup for our service department.

For further information on Broadcrown testing and commissioning please contact Simon Rhodes, Test/Commissioning Manager by email below:

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