Cascades & Rittal: A Greener Environment on Paper

PB-62-Rittal-CascadesCaseStudy-400.jpg

November 18, 2022

Founded in 1964, Cascades, headquartered in Quebec, offers sustainable, innovative and value-added solutions for packaging, hygiene and recovery needs. The company employs approximately 10,000 employees who work in almost 80 facilities in North America.

The mission of Cascades is to improve the well-being of people, communities and the planet by providing sustainable and innovative solutions that create value. Cascades specializes in producing, converting and marketing packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. Their product lines include:

  •    –   Packaging Solutions: Eco-friendly packaging solutions from Cascades reflect the trends and challenges of the market.
  •    –   Hygiene and Tissue Solutions: Cascades’ hygiene and tissue paper solutions are designed for residential, commercial or professional needs.
  •    –   Fibre-based materials: Cascades’ tissue papers are mainly made from recycled papers. Their effective, eco-friendly packaging solutions are made with linerboard and corrugated medium (fluting paper), and their speciality paper is made from recycled fibre.

Everything that the Company does is for a greener, cleaner future. In 2022, for the third consecutive year, Cascades has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations, according to the prestigious Global 100 index, produced by Corporate Knights.

The Cascades Challenge

At Cascades, they believe there is always a better way of doing things: a better way to package and protect products, a better way to manage residual materials; a better way to create a cleaner world. Hence, Cascades believes in working with tried and tested eco-friendly equipment of the highest quality that can conserve energy and resources in terms of materials, people, time and money! Cascades was looking for an efficient solution to address motor control, power management and quality control challenges in their plants. The objective of this project was to succeed in maximizing the space in each of the panels compared to the use of a Motor Control Centre (MCC) Solution. Also, previous projects used Wallmounted enclosures but as the bottom of the wall space was wasted, more wall space was required in existing electrical rooms. Using the Motor Control Panel (MCP) solution maximizes the wall space that is often lacking in factories.

The Rittal & EPLAN Solution

Cascades had a long-standing relationship with Jacmar, an industrial automation and controls distributor in Quebec, and one of Rittal’s oldest partners in Canada.

Cascades had been using Rittal’s market-leading enclosures since the past 20 years and they were aware that what sets Rittal apart from other industrial automation partners is their capacity to meet specific client needs reliably and quickly in order to engineer the scalable industrial automation solutions necessary to remain competitive and agile in a quickly changing marketplace. Not only could Rittal provide market-leading enclosure solutions, but their team could also use EPLAN power engineering and configuration to design the solution from start to finish.

Cascades had worked on projects involving drives which are sometimes integrated into MCCs or wallmounted enclosures. For a recent major project, the panel and MCC solutions were not viable from a space availability point of view, so Cascades were ready to consider Rittal’s MCP solution which saved more than 30% of space in the electrical rooms.

Moreover, sourcing Rittal’s Motor Control Panel (MCP) solution from a local distributor like Jacmar, provided Cascades with access to local stock, faster delivery, and convenient part replacement.

Jacmar carried out panel mounting simulations with the most frequent drive in the project, 25 hp, using EPLAN Engineering Software, which allowed them to confirm that 2 X 25 Hp drives could be assembled in an MCP solution while in the MCC Arcflash solution, only one drive could be installed. This made it possible to reduce the number of panels required for the project by half, thus obtaining savings in terms of space and costs.

Based on Rittal’s proven architecture of their free-standing TS 8 enclosure system, Rittal’s Motor Control Panel (MCP) with EPLAN’s Design Software, was the perfect solution to address Cascades’ motor control, power management and quality control challenges.

The benefits of Rittal’s MCP solution included:

  •    –   speed of design and build,
  •    –   customization from standard parts,
  •    –   flexibility of design,
  •    –   cost-effective integrated solution,
  •    –   easy configuration with Rittal Power Engineering
  •    –   CSA/UL certified for use in Canada
  •    –   Plug & pay; standard parts
  •    –   Configurable at all stages

Designed, engineered and manufactured to meet the needs of Canadian specifiers and contractors, the modular design enables easy configuration and short delivery times.

Another factor that made it efficient for Cascades and Rittal to work together, was the fact that they received direct support from the manufacturer at all stages of the build. Rittal was able to build the enclosure, providing proof of concept along with CAD drawings, in their state-of-the-art Modification Centre in Ontario, so shipping to Quebec was not an issue at all, saving valuable transportation costs.

Results: Best of both Worlds

For large engineered industrial processes at Cascades, power distribution can be very complex. Using a control panel is an efficient solution to include all the VFD and motor components required. Each motor was connected separately to a VFD, and that starter is individually mounted or contained in a larger control panel. Rittal’s MCP offered Cascades the best of both worlds: the efficient component organization of a control panel, as well as the ability to reduce the number of columns needed for the projects.

Cascades was pleasantly surprised that it took just about a week for the power engineering, and about 2 months’ time to build the solution from start to finish.

When translated into costs and ROI, the benefits were immediately apparent to Cascades!

The Future is Green and Clean

Marc Payeur, Technical Advisor at Cascades, “Rittal’s MCP solution checked off all the boxes for Cascades: the space and energy savings was in keeping with our search for greener, environmentally-friendly solutions, and we also appreciated the overall efficiency of this modular, well-organized and integrated solution.”

André Bousette, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., added, “The major advantage of Rittal’s MCP solution is the huge savings in engineering, lead, preparation and assembly time, as well as most importantly, the ability to configure the solution even after the order. We are pleased to have been able to deliver this solution to Cascades on time and within their budget, and we are confident that this will provide them with a more efficient way to produce their world-class packaging and recycling products and services.”

Value_for_the_Packaging_Industry2_3840__1200_px.jpg

Source

Related Articles


Changing Scene

  • Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Recently, Tri-Mach Inc. was thrilled to announce the addition of a new 45,000 sq ft. facility. Located at 285 Union St., Elmira, ON, this facility expands Tri-Mach’s capabilities, allowing them to better serve the growing needs of their customers. Positioning for growth, this additional facility will allow Tri-Mach to continue taking on large-scale projects, enhance product performance testing, and provide equipment storage for their customers. Read More…

  • HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    The HELUKABEL Group recently announced it is going to build a new facility in Haan, Germany that will house its robotic dress pack and drag chain system subsidiaries under one roof. The new building will also serve as the headquarters of HELUKABEL’s Rhine-Ruhr sales branch, and is planned to be completed by 2025. Robotec Systems’ core business is robotic dress pack solutions and has been a HELUKABEL subsidiary since 2012 operating out of Duisburg, a suburb of Duesseldorf in northwest Germany. Read More…


Sponsored Content
Fire Protection for Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

Lithium-ion storage facilities contain high-energy batteries combined with highly flammable electrolytes. In addition, they are prone to quick ignition and explosion in a worst-case scenario. Such fires can have a significant financial impact on organizations. Rapid detection of electrolyte gas particles and extinguishing are the key to a successful fire protection concept. Since December 2019, Siemens has been offering a VdS-certified fire protection concept for stationary Li-ion battery storage systems.

Click HERE to learn more.


For a Multiplied Value Unified

PB-62-Excelpro-MultipliedValue-400.jpg

During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’.

It was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.

These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.

Read More


Service Wire Co. Announces New Titles for Key Executives

Bruce Kesler and Mark Gatewood have been given new titles and responsibilities for Service Wire Co.

Bruce Kesler has assumed the role of Senior Director – Business Development. Bruce will be responsible for Service Wire’s largest strategic accounts and our growing Strategic Accounts Team.

Mark Gatewood has been promoted to the role of Vice President – Sales & Marketing. In this role, Gatewood will lead the efforts of Service Wire Company’s entire sales and marketing organization in all market verticals.

Read More


Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

Read More


JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Read More


Latest Articles