Melbourne-based industrial electrical contractor, Furst Electrical
Services has been commissioned to design and install an electrical control
system for a new manufacturing facility in Lara, Geelong.
The client, Accensi, is a leading Australian manufacturer of crop
protection products for domestic and international agriculture operators.
The $1.6M contract involves a high degree of complexity as the facility
is zoned a hazardous area. Co-owner Mark Furst explains that the design of the
electrical control system will take about a month since it requires a deep understanding
of hazardous standards, machine standards, AS3000 standards, as well as process
The project includes the fabrication of 11 multi-door control cabinets,
and installation of 38,000 metres of cable, 90 electric motors and 300
Furst Electrical Services has built a market reputation as a specialist
electrical contractor to the manufacturing sector, partnering with
manufacturers across Melbourne and wider Victoria to deliver automation
solutions especially for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and packaging
industries. The company has doubled in size each year over the past three
years, graduating from small installations to larger projects.
One of the major installations for Furst in 2014 involved the automation
of Catch of the Day’s distribution and warehousing system in Melbourne. Delivering
a highly sophisticated automated picking and packing operation, using robots to
pick-and-pack customer orders, the system involved the fabrication and
installation of 64 control cabinets, 445 EtherCat nodes and 80 e-stops.
Lee Furst, the company’s Business Manager attributes their success to
their core expertise in industrial automation backed by reliable project
delivery and professional business management.
The owner-manager brother and sister team, Lee
and Mark Furst combine more than 20 years of industrial electrical and business
management experience. Mark specialises in process control and automation,
while Lee has a diverse business background with an MBA and a career in
accounting and project management.