Ivyland, PA – American Governor Company (AGC) was awarded a contract with the Firestone Natural Rubber Company to retrofit the first of four Woodward Gateshaft Governors at the Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia. The plant was built in 1942 and includes (4) 1.2MW units that were provided with Woodward Gateshaft Governors. The plantation’s fourth unit was converted by Woodward Governor Company in the 1990’s with a 700H Digital Governor and a Series 200 Pumping System.
Firestone has chosen AGC to complete one retrofit per year, with the 700H being the last on the list. AGC has previously supported Firestone Liberia with mechanical spare parts for its existing Woodward Gateshaft Governors. It was AGC’s outstanding responsive customer service that secured its win of this bid.
AGC will provide Firestone Liberia with a customized PLC Digital Governor System utilizing Allen Bradley’s Micro-Logix™ PLC Controllers along with a full-color touchscreen and ElectroHydraulic Interface conversion for maximizing unit operating efficiency. Following hardware delivery in early 2015, AGC will travel to the Firestone Rubber Plantation an hour west of Liberian capital Monrovia for installation and startup by March 2015 during low flow. Once the first unit is commissioned, American Governor will have digital governors controlling hydro units on every continent.
About American Governor Company
American Governor Company provides fully engineered digital governor conversion systems for hydro plants, including PLC-based digital controls, electro-hydraulic valve manifolds, hydraulic power units, electronic feedback devices and unit/plant control and monitoring systems. Installation, start-up, commissioning and field training services are provided by our staff of experienced governor specialists and field service engineers. American Governor also provides full support for legacy governor systems, including a complete line of replacement parts for all types of Woodward governors and a growing inventory of new and reconditioned parts and assemblies for other OEM governors. American Governor offers Field Service, Training, Retrofit kits and Technical Support for legacy governors. The Training and Repair Facility near Stevens Point WI offers factory repair services for governor pumps and permanent magnet generators as well as our annual Governor School and twice yearly Focus Classes. American Governor has provided more than 600 digital governor upgrades and has supported over 1,500 hydropower plants in North America.