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Q3 2014

Sheridan Electric was contracted by Weston Bakeries to handle the electrical installation of a new fully automated industrial bakery in the Greater Toronto Area. This plant represented a significant investment in the latest industrial bakery innovation and technology to meet the rising food demands of the GTA. 


Job Description:

Sheridan Electric was contracted by Weston Bakeries in 2013-2014 to provide electrical contracting and control wiring for a new 250,000 sq. ft. automated industrial bakery in the GTA. The project presented a number of different challenges to ensure completion that was on time, on budget, and with complete customer satisfaction. Notable project details include:

  • Building Retrofit: The building itself was a converted structure with concrete ceilings, and traditional installation methods of power distribution proved to be more costly than normal. As an alternative, the concrete floor was removed to allow for trenching and underground conduits to be installed, saving both time and money.
  • Timeline: The project was delayed several months as engineering approvals were being processed but the end date was kept static. Our foreman and scheduling team were able to effectively schedule our labour force as required to meet or exceed deadlines, including running two shifts and working weekends as necessary.
  • OEMs: Numerous different equipment manufacturers were involved in the project, each with its own needs in terms of power and control wiring. Through continuous planning with Weston engineers and OEM representatives, we were able to meet the set milestones and assist with commissioning and testing of the OEMs’ equipment as requested.
  • Main Power Distribution: Sheridan was involved from the very start of the project installing all the underground conduits that would form the critical power distribution of the plant, with motor control centres installed in key sections of the plant, some more than 800ft away from the source. The selection of the MCC cabinets and design of the main power distribution was Sheridan’s responsibility.
  • Mechanical Work: Careful planning and coordination with the mechanical and other sub trades was required to keep on schedule. Due to the large number of staff on site, potential back log issues were effectively identified to eliminate wasted labour hours.
  • Stakeouts: With more than 200 stub up locations for equipment wiring, pipe placement needed to be precise. Through the use of locate services combined with detailed engineered drawings, underground conduits were precisely placed to match future machine locations.
  • Batching System: The large and complicated batching system consisted of dry rooms, wet rooms and outdoor silos, all of which were interconnected in large control cabinets. The systems of cable tray and conduit had to be carefully planned out to effectively manage the large number of power and control wires.
  • PLC and Shift Coverage Support: Upon substantial completion of the plant, Sheridan provided regular and after hours coverage to support the production and maintenance departments as the plant moved towards full operation.

Weston Foods concentrates on brand development, low operating costs and maintaining a broad customer base, with the objective of providing the best bakery solutions to its customers.

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Q1 2014

Sheridan Electric was recently approached by a key player in the metal manufacturing industry about upgrading an old servo system on a metal shearing machine to present day technology. 


The goal was to increase productivity through an increase in shear cutting speed, while simultaneously improving the quality and accuracy of every cut. The machine consisted of a feed servo motor, master shear turning servo motor, and a slave shear turning motor, all using old servo technology.

Project Details:

  • Design the electrical controls and produce professional drawings showing the new system and the interconnections with the existing machine wiring.
  • Achieve a Category 3 safety rating and Pre-Start Health and Safety compliance.
  • Bench test the entire servo system complete with gear boxes attached in-house.
  • Install new Simatics PLC, transformer, profibus cables, gearboxes, and new servo motors.
  • Working with the customer’s production downtime schedule Sheridan Electric was able to complete all wiring, programming and commissioning in less than a week.
  • Commission and test all program configurations during live production.
  • Remove all old machine wiring.
  • Data and knowledge transfer to maintenance personnel.

Process Design Specifics:

  • Design the electrical controls and produce professional drawings showing the new system and the interconnections with the existing machine wiring.
  • Achieve a Category 3 safety rating and Pre-Start Health and Safety compliance.
  • Bench test the entire servo system complete with gear boxes attached in-house.
  • Install new Simatics PLC, transformer, profibus cables, gearboxes, and new servo motors.
  • Working with the customer’s production downtime schedule Sheridan Electric was able to complete all wiring, programming and commissioning in less than a week.
  • Commission and test all program configurations during live production.
  • Remove all old machine wiring.
  • Data and knowledge transfer to maintenance personnel.

Wrap-Up

The process improvements surpassed previously established max production rates through faster shear speed while allowing for more accurate cuts and reduced metal waste. The purposely flexible design and powerful servo technology will allow for greater cost savings to be realized through additional process improvements in the future.

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PCMC Vision Press Safety Upgrade

Q1 2013

Sheridan Electric was tasked with integrating a new safety system on the PCMC Vision Printing Press at Sonoco Flexible Packaging to meet the requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations. Working closely with the safety engineers to meet Pre-Start Health and Safety Requirements (PHSR), Sheridan Electric was able to design an electrical safety circuit that provides certifiably safe operation of the equipment without adversely affecting the intended functionality of the machine. Key elements of the project included the installation of all safety sensors, integration of the new controls into the existing press control system, electrical schematics of the integration, and commissioning of the entire system. As part of our turn-key services Sheridan Electric was also responsible for the electrical disconnection of the press in Winnipeg and the reconnection in Ontario prior to 2012. This included all power distribution needed for the press at its new location, new lighting for quality control and more.

Key elements of the electrical design include:

  • Schmersal safety rated electronic magnetic interlocks with feedback
  • Honeywell Gas Detection System
  • 6 (six) LEL Gas Sniffer Detectors integrated into the Honeywell gas detection system
  • Area scanners for safety in both the un-wind and re-wind areas
  • Push button system for operator resets of safety system throughout the machine
  • HMI for safety system monitoring and feedback from safety PLC
  • SICK safety PLC including all programming and commissioning
  • Dual redundant safety contactors for all servo motors with auxiliary feedback to the safety system
  • SICK safety rated door switches
  • Complete and professionally drawn electrical integration schematics
Sonoco Vision Press


Sheridan Electric is excited to announce the recently completed installation of R&M Plastics new 30,000 sq ft facility at 3-282 King Street Barrie, Ontario.

July 2012 – Barrie, Ontario

The project, which started in the last quarter of 2011, involved an extensive move of all extrusion, injection molding machinery, assembly lines, packaging lines, and maintenance machinery from R&M’s previous location in Brampton, Ontario to the new facility in Barrie.

Sheridan Electric, in conjunction with R&M management, ensured the highest priority always remained minimizing production downtime amid the move so as to allow R&M to continue to meet customer demands.

All electrical installations at the new location were pre-done and thoroughly planned out to accommodate the process equipment as it arrived; allowing for quick power ups and testing times on all production lines.

Upon completion Sheridan Electric continues to maintain and service all equipment and general electrics at the facility, all the while acting as partners in R&M Plastic’s goal of continually exceeding customer expectations and industry safety standards.

R&M Plastic Products



Sheridan Electric Services Ltd. is proud
to announce the completion of Capris Group's
local Data Centre expansion.

July 2010 – Mississauga, Ontario

Five Years ago Sheridan Electric had the opportunity to complete the first phase of a major data centre installation (see Data Centre Video here) project for The Capris Group. In what would prove to be a lasting relationship, we recently had the privilege to complete phase two of the project: an even larger, second data centre installation.

Due to the sensitive nature of the data centres and the numerous companies that rely on them for their network infrastructure, all the work was done to the highest possible standards. With no margin for error, great precautions had to be taken in all aspects of the project right from the initial design. Safety and the longevity of the installation was paramount and our electricians understood the importance -nothing but the highest standards of workmanship and proper installation procedures were needed for this project to be a success.

This major project was completed on time and on budget and now The Capris Group data centre is operating 24/7, offering all its customers peace of mind in knowing that their data is safe, secure, and will always be accessible.

We at Sheridan Electric would like to thank The Capris Group for allowing us to participate in this successful project and wish them all the prosperity in their business now and in the future.

R&M Plastic Products


“Sheridan Electric completed the project on time and on budget. From start to finish they were organized and driven to meet all our expectations.”
Data Center Customer