TRACKLINK® RTU solution for Rotherhithe Switching Station

SELLA CONTROLS to supply distributed TRACKLINK® RTU solution for Rotherhithe Switching Station

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by Lowery Limited to supply the associated SCADA Works for the new Switching Station at Rotherhithe.

Lowery have been successfully delivering rail engineering projects since 1998 to Network Rail and the industry supply chain. Lowery are contracted by BAM Nuttal, the main contractor for the works.

The contract covers the complete design, engineering, build, installation and commissioning of a Tracklink® RTU and associated modifications to the existing traction power SCADA system at Lewisham ECR. Using the Network Rail accepted Tracklink® RTU solution, SELLA CONTROLS will be supplying a solution with a distributed architecture.

The new Rotherhithe SS will be supplied in two modular substation buildings controlled/monitored via telecommunication links from South Bermondsey. In addition to this a number of control and indications need to be exchanged between the Network Rail and National Grid substations. As a result the Rotherhithe SS RTU is distributed across the installation in three cabinets. A main control cabinet and two remote I/O cabinets. These cabinets are interconnected via a fibre network providing diverse routing of control and indications for the substation.

Central to the Tracklink® RTU solution is a COTS based PLC supplied by Mitsubishi Electric. The Q Series PLC provides the RTU with its intelligence and control and consists of core processing (CPU), Communications and I/O Modules. The distributed architecture will use the Q Series CC-Link high speed network over the fibre to facilitate the connections between the cabinets.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented: “This is a significant project for Sella Controls Limited. It is providing us with a platform to demonstrate the flexibility of our Tracklink® RTU solution. Space within new and existing substations is a premium and being able to supply a distributed I/O RTU solution gives great benefit to our clients.”

Elliott added further: “We are looking forward to working with Lowery on this project for Network Rail. We know how critical this project is to the IP Southern power supply upgrade program and we want to ensure that the commissioning date is met.”

The Tracklink® RTU solution is scheduled for factory acceptance in July 2018 before being delivered to Lowery for installation into the substation buildings.

Lowery have a reputation for quality and service that goes back over 65 years. As a Principal Contractor, they undertake Signalling, Telecoms, HV, DC, LV electrical installations and civil engineering works of all types whilst continually responding to market changes and developments.

Appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems Integration and Functional Safety specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems.

SELLA CONTROLS is a leading supplier of safety critical systems to the Process, Nuclear and Rail industries. Due to the significant growth in the Rail business, Roger will take Board responsibility for engineering activities across our Rail Systems business area.

Roger Watson has over 30 years’ experience in the Rail Industry and comments: “SELLA CONTROLS has an enviable record for the supply of Functional Safety and Control Systems and our experience and services are helping our clients through all phases of projects. My new role will allow me to expand these services and ensure that Functional Safety and Control Systems continue to be a key driver for the Rail business in the future.”

Rail Industry system specialists working together to support CLCCS

Rail Industry system specialists working together to support Central Line Communication Control Systems

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS has been awarded a contract by telent Technology Services Ltd to provide annual third line support services for the Central Line Communications Control System (CCS).

The contract forms part of the Communications Maintenance Services contract that London Underground recently awarded to telent. As main contractor, telent supply first line maintenance activities for communications assets across the London Underground network.

SELLA CONTROLS built and commissioned the new Central Line CCS solution, using its integrated Tracklink® SCADA application for telecommunications. Having carried out the initial 18 month direct maintenance services agreement, London Underground (LUL) transferred support to the main Communications Maintenance Services.

telent were already maintaining many of the communications elements such as CCTV. LUL were looking to simplify the contract, putting all CCS related support under one supplier, providing end to end support. LUL awarded the main contract to telent Technology Services Limited’s maintenance service team, based in East London. telent will carry out all first line maintenance activities with SELLA CONTROLS providing third line support. In addition to operational support, annual Planned Preventative Maintenance services on the key systems will be completed by telent supported by SELLA CONTROLS.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented; “the Central Line CCS solution has been operational now for over 18 months. During this period we provided a high quality of maintenance services to London Underground ensuring that the CCS system we delivered achieved optimum performance. We are looking forward to working with the maintenance team from telent to ensure that the operational performance of the CCS is maintained. This is a great example of the supply chain working collaboratively in the best interest of the customer”.

Ben Armstrong, Account Director at telent Technology Services Ltd added; “SELLA CONTROLS have produced an excellent system that we are happy to add to our maintenance portfolio on the London Underground network. We look forward to continuing to work with Sella”.

The support agreement between telent and SELLA CONTROLS will run until December 2019 when the current Communications Maintenance Services contract expires.

Network Rail ‘Safer Isolations’ Project

SELLA CONTROLS to supply TRACKLINK® products for Network Rail ‘Safer Isolations’ Project

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by McNicholas Construction to supply its Tracklink® RTU and P2P technologies to Network Rail. Formerly referred to as the Safer Isolations Program, Network Rail are implementing a trial of its B5 Isolation Process across four areas of the Wessex route.

The B5 Isolation works form part of a main contract awarded to McNicholas Construction by Network Rail as part of its Electrification and Plant framework. Working closely with Network Rail, SELLA CONTROLS and McNicholas Construction will be supplying a control solution that will allow Network Rail to remotely apply isolations to a substation busbar, track section or an entire line of route.

Using modern Negative Short Circuit Devices (NSCD) installed into the electrical feeding arrangement at specific locations, Network Rail will be able to apply an isolation to the section. Each section is equipped with a Consolidated Control Panel (CCP) to control multiple NSCD devices. When the CCP is used to apply an isolation the NSCD introduces a physical break in the electrical circuit preventing the electrical controllers from re-energising the rail. This can then be locked out at the CCP to allow track works to commence. Once the track works are complete and the track is clear, the isolation team can then remove the isolation and give the all clear to the electrical control room.

SELLA CONTROLS’ scope is the complete design, safety assurance, engineering, build, test, and commissioning of its equipment. The CCP units will be a design that will utilise the now fully accepted Tracklink® RTU solution. This will be integrated with the NSCD Local Control Panel. To enable the CCP to control remote NSCD equipment along the section, Tracklink® P2P equipment is being supplied as a remote controller.

As the application requires an element of Safety Assurance, SELLA CONTROLS will be able to utilise engineering expertise in its functional safety team to complete this process. These activities include HAZOP Workshops, Safety Case documentation and certification.

The control solution will be installed along four sections under trial. One application will be installed on a section between Staines and Datchet with the remaining three sections between Guilford and Havant. This covers an entire line of route.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented. “This is a significant project for Network Rail aimed at making the application of isolations safer, quicker and more secure. The delivery of the B5 Isolations project to Network Rail is critical for their business ahead of the next control period (CP6). Having worked closely with McNicholas to develop the scheme design for Network Rail, we are now focused on delivering a successful trial installation. ”

When the current owners of SELLA CONTROLS acquired the business in 2007 they targeted the introduction of a new range of SCADA products to the rail and power market. Now ten years on, SELLA CONTROLS has supplied its Tracklink® SCADA, RTU and P2P products to the rail market in a variety of applications.

SELLA CONTROLS gains 5-star supplier status in Rail industry audit

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to have been awarded 5-star supplier status by the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) after successfully passing a recent annual audit.

RISQS provides a service for the verification of suppliers for all products and services that are procured by the railway industry. The system is used by railway buying organisations such as Network Rail, LUL/Transport for London, passenger, light rail and freight train operators. When searching for suppliers, rail buying organisations start with RISQS.

John Blackwell, Managing Director of SELLA CONTROLS, comments: ”We are extremely proud to have achieved such recognition during the audit and I would like to thank all of our staff involved in gaining 5 star supplier status.”

Systems Life Cycle Support contract from INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the award of a Systems Life Cycle Support contract from INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd for System Life Cycle Support. This will give INEOS Nitriles access to SELLA CONTROLS’ Technical Support Specialists who will provide Telephone Support 24/7 365 days of the year, Emergency Call Out and System Health Audits across a number of systems SELLA CONTROLS has supplied to INEOS Nitriles.

Carl Toft, Head of SELLA CONTROLS’ Technical Support Group, comments, “It’s great to add Ineos to our growing list of clients in providing around the clock support throughout the system lifecycle. It’s very important to work closely with our customers and provide them with the engineering support they need.”

TRACKLINK® products for London Underground Power Station

SELLA CONTROLS to supply TRACKLINK® products to London Underground Power Station

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist Sella Controls Limited is pleased to announce the contract award by Siemens plc to supply its Tracklink® SCADA and RTU technologies to London Underground.

The works are part of a main contract awarded to Siemens Electrification to supply a Static VAR Compensator to the London Underground Generating Station at Greenwich. The Static VAR Compensator is being introduced at Greenwich Generating Station to improve the power quality output to the grid.

Greenwich GS currently uses redundant traditional panel mounted mosaic mimics to provide control to four Bus Sections within the station. The introduction of the Static VAR required modifications to these mimics. However, the current mimic size, location and the modifications required for the new Static VAR Compensator required a modern approach.

SELLA CONTROLS were invited by Siemens to present a solution that would retain the redundancy and functionality of the current mosaic mimics whilst introducing a modern PC based HMI control approach.

Using its safety engineering expertise, suite of Tracklink® products and experience from recent similar LUL projects, SELLA CONTROLS was able to present a cost effective offering that would retain the architecture of the current system whilst introducing the new elements.

The new solution will consist of a fully redundant Tracklink® RTU and redundant Tracklink® SCADA Server Workstations. The RTU will provide the interface to the existing mosaic mimic panel hardwired connections as well as the new control functions for the Static VAR Compensator. The RTU will be managed by the Tracklink® SCADA application presenting the Greenwich GS operations team with a modern HMI based control solution that will include a dynamic representation of the traditional mosaic mimic supplied on a large overview touchscreen.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS Business Development Manager for Rail commented. “The award of this contract is another great success for SELLA CONTROLS and the development of its suite of Tracklink® products. Being selected by Siemens plc to work with them on a flagship project of this type demonstrates our position in the market as premier supplier of integrated control systems.”

When the current owners of SELLA CONTROLS acquired the business in 2007 they targeted the introduction of a new range of SCADA products to the rail and power market. Now ten years on, SELLA CONTROLS has supplied its Tracklink® SCADA, RTU and P2P products to Network Rail, London Underground and its existing Process Safety market.

Appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems Integration and Functional Safety specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety.

SELLA CONTROLS is a leading supplier of safety critical systems to the Process, Nuclear and Rail industries. In addition, we provide a full range of consultancy services across the complete safety system lifecycle. As a founding member of the 61508 association, and the first company to be awarded a UKAS accredited SIRA CASS certificate for Functional Safety Management, Functional Safety is at the heart of everything we do. The appointment of a Director responsible for Functional Safety reinforces this strategy.

Chris Parr is a Chartered Engineer and TÜV Rheinland Certified Functional Safety Expert with over 22 years’ experience in the specification, design and assessment of safety critical control systems. Chris comments: “SELLA CONTROLS has an enviable record for the supply of Safety Instrumented Systems and our Functional Safety consultancy services are helping our clients through all phases of the lifecycle and independent assessment. My new role will allow me to expand these services and ensure that Functional Safety continues to be a key driver for the business in the future.”

Merry Christmas…

SELLA CONTROLS would like to wish all our clients, suppliers and friends a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

Neil Reedy returns to join the newly formed Tracklink® Delivery Team

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce that Neil Reedy returns to join the newly formed Tracklink® Delivery Team.

We are delighted to welcome Neil Reedy back to SELLA CONTROLS. Neil needs no introduction and returns to us after a short excursion, re-joining the company as Principal Engineer, Rail Systems and will be working closely with our other recent recruits as part of the newly created Tracklink® Delivery Team.