Power distribution services for automotive plants

IPS provides complete power distribution services, including control & automation solutions, for automotive assembly plants, parts plants, and sub-assembly plants. We support Lean manufacturing, optimizing electrical equipment and systems to perform efficiently and reliably.

Our engineers and technicians work closely with plant designers and engineers, plant facility managers, group leaders, and major electrical contractors.

IPS offers turnkey power distribution solutions for plants planning to expand, retool lines for new models, and modernize aging equipment. Our team improves safety, reliability, and NEC code compliance with ARC reduction technology, metering, communications, and building management system integration.

We also provide expert troubleshooting for production issues.

For more information or to request a proposal, talk with your local IPS representative or contact us here.

Single-source capabilities to streamline your vendor management

IPS has extensive experience with customized operating environments running highly engineered applications. We engineer process and production reliability from the meter to the motor.

Our services for your critical infrastructure include:

  • Solar energy substation and integration
  • Substation and transformer testing & preventive maintenance
  • MV & LV breaker service and repair
  • Bus way/plug testing and repairs
  • Metering, communications, and Building Management System (BMS) integration
  • LV and MV motor control centers
  • UL field labeling
  • Arc flash mitigation
  • Preventive maintenance
  • VFD communications and BMS integration
  • Fast battery charging substations and distribution equipment
  • Protective relaying modernization for MV chillers and compressors
  • Service, repair, and replacement of NEMA motors and driven equipment (chillers/compressors)
  • Repair and testing of re-designated equipment

IPS technicians also resolve NEC code compliance and make recommendations on critical spares. We support reliability engineers and maintenance supervisors with customized training on operations and maintenance of critical electrical infrastructure.

To discuss your safety, reliability, and energy efficiency requirements, talk to your local IPS representative or contact us here.

Power distribution field services for automotive plants

Our services optimize power distribution to increase safety and reliability. We can support your sustainability objectives by reducing energy usage and peak loads.

IPS NETA-certified technicians have the experience and resources to keep our services on-site whenever possible. We install, test, and certify new equipment for greenfield automotive plants and maintain customized combinations of new and legacy equipment.

IPS recommends comprehensive testing and preventive maintenance as part of an initial condition assessment wherever possible. Our engineers review the test data to develop predictive and preventive maintenance recommendations.

Our electrical system tests for OEM power distribution equipment include:

  • Arc flash studies and mitigation
  • NEC code compliance
  • Third-party NETA testing
  • Switchgear, relay, and circuit breaker testing
  • Cable testing
  • Ground testing
  • IR/thermography
  • Primary injection to OEM trip curves
  • Secondary injection pass/fail (solid state trip) specific to OEM
  • Contact resistance testing
  • Megger insulation resistance
  • AC/DC hi-pot insulation resistance
  • Device testing UVR, shunt, auxiliary motor operations, ground faults
  • Accessory component labeling
  • Torqued/bolted connections
  • Mechanical testing of reliability and interlocking device operation
    • Relays
    • Interlocks and actuators
    • Trip units
  • Basic multimeter
  • Power check with full voltage
  • Dissolved gas analysis (DGA)
  • Transformer turns ratio (TTR) testing
  • Tan Delta/VLF testing

To schedule your outage testing, talk to your local IPS representative or contact us here.

In-shop remanufacturing for automotive plant power distribution equipment

IPS offers Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL)-certified remanufacturing for power distribution equipment with PEARL certified technicians. This includes:

  • Complete inspection
  • Mechanical safety testing
  • NETA ATS/MTS electrical testing
  • Documentation of test results per ANSI EERS Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Standard

We clean, paint, and re-plate components, lubricate all moving parts, and reassemble equipment to OEM specifications or above.

Motor control centers for automotive assembly plants

We specialize in current design/obsolete bucket and structural upgrades for low- and medium-voltage controllers. Our technicians know the leading OEM equipment and operating requirements.

IPS phases in replacement, to upgrade while maintaining productivity and accommodating expansion with like-kind equipment.

We provide complete repairs, reconditioning, and retrofitting, with exact bucket insert replacements and CAD control and elevation drawings. Our motor control center and bucket solutions include the following upgrades:

  • Arc flash reduction
  • Communications upgrades
  • Soft starts
  • Metering
  • AC & DC drives
  • Industrial terminals and touchscreens
  • Power quality meters

To upgrade your motor control centers, talk to your local IPS representative or contact us here.

Custom controls & automation for automotive assembly plants

IPS engineers turnkey solutions for custom control and automation. We have extensive experience with a wide range of equipment, including:

  • Motion control
  • PLC-based control and SCADA systems
  • PLC/OIT installs
  • Protective relay panels
  • UL 508A industrial panels
  • Safety interlocks and control

We have extensive experience with custom wireless, I/O, fiber optic, and Ethernet projects. We support data communications in various protocols, including MODBUS, DeviceNet, Profibus, CAN Bus, Control Net, and Ethernet/IP.

Our custom control solutions include installation, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance.

Distribution sales with expert advice and recommendations

IPS offers distribution sales of critical equipment with expert advice and recommendations. We service and repair what we sell, so we know the equipment and applications.

Our distribution sales experts build and match specifications for exact replacements.

IPS has major distribution agreements with OEMs to provide the following:

  • Motors
  • Switchgear
  • Transformers
  • Bus duct & plugs
  • Circuit breakers
  • Motor control centers
  • VFDs
  • Metering
  • Protective relays
  • BMS communications

IPS also maintains an extensive inventory of motor control centers ready to ship, with stock NEMA size 1-6 buckets. We offer both breaker and fused-type buckets:

  • FVNR Full voltage non-reversing
  • FVR Full voltage reversing
  • RVSS Reduced voltage soft starters
  • FCB Feeder circuit breaker buckets

Need a fast quote and delivery? Contact us here or chat with a real, live IPS associate below.

IPS offers replacement options

When OEM lead times don’t work for your scheduling, IPS offers replacement options with new, reconditioned, and remanufactured equipment.

We engineer for the application and remanufacture in lower volumes. IPS engineers improve on OEM design with advanced materials and veteran machinists who can hold closer tolerances on fit and finish.

We make our repair versus replace recommendations for a lower total cost of ownership.

For a customized solution for your assembly plants, talk to your local IPS representative or contact us here.

IPS has close working relationships with OEMs