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Low Use RPM Removal SW Region

Federal Construction Group, Inc. is tasked to removal the low use RPM’s at various locations withing the SW region.


a. Communicate definitive completed staging date for dismantled and packaged equipment to PNNL no later than 14 calendar days in advance.

b. De-energize and place all RPM-related equipment at the Port of Entry in a safe configuration in accordance with electrical codes. Remove/disconnect power cables from main panel(s) and revise panel markings as necessary (“Spare”).

c. PNNL may need to reprogram PLCs and HMIs based on site configuration. This is determined by the Site Manager.

d. Remove all padlocks from RPMs and equipment boxes. Give usable locks to CBP.

e. Remove and dispose of all lightning rods and other miscellaneous items attached to RPM.

f. Disconnect electrical wires and communication cables between in-ground conduits and above-ground RPM equipment. Label each end of the disconnected cables and identify the panel breakers as ‘Spare’ (when appropriate). For abandoned in place cabling pull back to nearest junction box or raceway and seal box or raceway to maintain NEMA rating. Field fit, as needed, with Site Manager approval.

g. Disconnect electrical wires and communication cables between RPM component boxes (i.e., battery box, control box, RSP shrouds).

h. Temporarily remove RSP cover, disconnect and pull VPS wires out of RSP, leave RFI filter kit intact, and replace cover – observe bolt torque limit. (PNNL SM will provide technical assistance)

i. All cables between VPS sensors and lower RSPs are to be preserved and packaged for shipment with RPM equipment.

j. Disconnect and remove batteries from the RPM battery box. Ensure all battery cables and battery brackets remain inside the battery box. Contractor is responsible for safe disposal of batteries. Batteries shall NOT be shipped.

k. Disconnect and remove all external, above ground conduits from RSP and RPM component boxes. The Meyers Hub (or other coupling) at the RSP penetration should be left in place to hold the RFI filter bracket inside the RSP. All other conduit and fittings shall be removed. Seal the RSP penetration with duct tape (or other suitable sealant) to prevent water and di

l. Disconnect and remove VIS cameras and lights for shipment or disposal/salvage.

m. Intercoms are either abandoned in place or removed and disposed of by contractor.

n. Construct RSP shipping pallets with eight (8)-2″x6″x8-ft-long boards supported by three (3)-4″x4″ posts (~ 44″ long) as bottom cross pieces for RPMs. Ensure the cross pieces are spaced to allow stacking (see photos below).

o. Construct plywood shipping crate(s) approximately 36-in square x 24-in high for ancillary RPM equipment (control boxes, battery boxes, annunciators, cameras, etc.). Ensure crate(s) can be picked up with a forklift.

p. Remove all ancillary equipment and place into shipping crate(s). Wrap/pad/secure equipment to prevent damage during shipment.

q. VERIFICATION of proper construction and packing of ancillary RPM equipment in crate(s) shall be a HOLD POINT.

r. Starting with the upper RSP shroud assembly (~2500 lbs. each), unbolt and remove each while supported with appropriate lifting lines suspended by lifting equipment.

s. Place each RSP shroud assembly face down on the shipping pallet. Ensure a durable cushion is on the pallet to prevent paint damage. Continue until all RSPs are on pallets. RSP serial numbers are to be marked on the bottom of each shroud as directed by PNNL.

t. VERIFICATION of proper construction of pallets and packing of RSPs on the pallets shall be a HOLD POINT.

u. Lay plywood sheet on back of RPM to protect paint finish. Fasten 2″x2″x~1-ft braces at diagonal corners to hold RPM in place on pallet. Fasten RPM to pallet with two metal (or equivalent) straps. Use wood strips or other padding to protect paint from straps. Stack removed RPMs no more than two high.

v. PNNL-provided shipping labels are to be affixed to each side of the RPM shrouds, and the equipment crate(s) are to be labeled with the control box serial number as directed by PNNL. PNNL will supply the truck and forklift to load the RPMs and crates, as well as all required shipping documents. The following photos show RPM packaging for transport.

w. Stage load-ready equipment in an area selected by on site CBP representatives and inform PNNL that the equipment is ready to load.




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