Gordyn & Palmer wins NECA award for crushing and processing plant

By on February 2, 2016
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Delivering a state of the art crushing and processing plant that incorporates the latest technologies in intelligent motor control.

Gordyn & Palmer are proud to announce their success in winning a prestigious Excellence Award hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) for their work in designing and constructing a new 600tph crushing and processing plant for Mountain View Quarries in Point Wilson, Victoria.

The award was granted in the industrial project category which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is greater than one million dollars and less than eight million dollars.

According to Terry Hickey, managing director at Gordyn & Palmer, “Our biggest accomplishment was bringing the latest technology in motor control to the forefront of the quarry industry while still maintaining a simple and intuitive user interface to allow operators to run the plant to its maximum potential.

PHOTO: Terry Hickey, Managing Director at Gordyn & Palmer accepting the NECA Excellence Award

PHOTO: Terry Hickey, Managing Director at Gordyn & Palmer
accepting the NECA Excellence Award

The extensive electrical and software development completed in-house have resulted in a completely integrated system which is robust enough for the harsh environment it operates in and will serve the client for many years to come.”

The solution features the latest technologies in networked intelligent motor control from Rockwell Automation including Control Logix and the latest E300 Electronic Overload Relays, connected over an Ethernet communications network. The real time diagnostics are transformed into actionable information which allows for preventative maintenance to minimise downtime of the rushing and processing plant.

“Gordyn & Palmer should be congratulated on being early adopters of new technologies, they are at the forefront of the latest advances in technology. This project is an excellent example of how a completely integrated intelligent motor control system can deliver flexibility, reliability and maximised uptime,” said Rob Campbell, OEM account manager at Rockwell Automation.

Photo of electrical cable in switchroom

Working closely with NHP Electrical Engineering, the distributor for Rockwell Automation, Gordyn & Palmer were the first in Australia to utilise the new E300 electronic overload relay. According to Nasser Hojok, automation sales supervisor at NHP, “Being one of the early adopters of the E300s proved to be a valuable investment in consideration of the benefits that it would bring to their customer. Gordyn & Palmer continue to be on the forefront of the latest technologies to help their customers maximise throughput with minimal downtime.”

This technology enabled motors to be accessed and configured remotely via both the plant network and a web interface replacing the former method of manually testing and configuring. The solution delivered a new level of diagnostics and meant every motor across the site was connected via the plant network.

According to Ivo Rigoni, project engineer at Barro Group, “It is without reservation that we commend Gordyn & Palmer on a well-planned and managed project from design, supply, installation and safety management. Their experience with the requirements of a modern large scale quarry crushing plant has enabled them to deliver a plant that they should be very proud of. We have no doubt that as the end user, we will continue to appreciate the systems that have been put in place to assist with achieving maximum plant throughput with minimal downtime.”


The plant is now successfully producing over 600tph of blended aggregate and the finished product is highly functional, robust and boasts a state of the art control system, putting it amongst the most advanced quarries in Australia.

“We’ve enjoyed working closely with the Barro Group to deliver a plant that met and exceeded their expectations and look forward to working with them again in the future, said George Boloutis, automation systems manager at Gordyn & Palmer.”


About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation Australia and Rockwell Automation New Zealand are subsidiaries of Rockwell Automation, Inc.—a leading global provider of industrial automation and information solutions which helps manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation which include Allen-Bradley® controls and services and Rockwell Software® factory management software. Its broad product mix includes control logic systems, sensors, human-machine interfaces, drive controllers, power devices, and software.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,500 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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