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Sales Value € 530,000
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Project Duration Jul’12 – Mar’13


The automotive division of Plastic Omnium is composed of two main enterprises, Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior and Inergy Automotive Systems. The first provides external plastic elements (thermoplastic and composite) for cars, like bumpers and energy absorption systems, wing and front-end modules. The second provides fuel tanks. For this case study we are focusing on the new Bumper Paint Facility at Plastic Omnium at their Measham site Derbyshire.


To supply a turnkey electrical and software solution (project manage, design, supply, install, program and commission) for the complete conveyor system of the new Bumper Paint facility at PO Measham which produces painted bumpers for Jaguar Land Rover.


Phoenix has enjoyed a long association with the French Automation company SPIE where in the past we have undertaken joint venture projects in the field of Industrial Automation and Robotics. For this project, Phoenix and SPIE offered a joint tender to GEICO Taikisha Europe and subsequently
won the project of which the Conveyor System was the responsibility of Phoenix.

The project commenced with design meetings between the final customer and key subcontractors.

From these initial design meetings, a Functional Design Specification was generated by Phoenix and agreed upon by all parties.

Following the finalisation of the FDS, the Electrical Design and Control Panel Manufacture was undertaken. Control Panel design consisted of four main suites (Two six-door Control Panels and two five-door Control Panels) and a number of smaller remote panels.

The complete conveyor system is managed by a single PLC communicating to remote IO in the three remaining main panels via an Ethernet network. A second plant wide Ethernet network allows communication to field devices, HMIs, and the facility’s SCADA system. Each main Control Panel has its own HMI with an overview of the conveyor system and diagnostics.

Electrical Installation by Phoenix began at the end of November with initial IO commissioning starting early January 2013.

The facility has been producing parts for its customers since March 2013.


Main contractor:   GEICO Taikisha Europe
Sub-contractor Electrical and Application:   SPIE France
Sub-contractor Conveyor Electrical:   Phoenix Control Systems Ltd
Sub-contractor Conveyor Mechanical:   Movin Italy

July 2012 Start of design studies and creation of Functional Design Document
August 2012 Start of Electrical design
September 2012 Start of Panel manufacture
November 2012 Start of Installation on Site
January 2013 Commissioning start
March 2013 Production Trials & Production Parts

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