Constellium (NYSE: CSTM) is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high value-added aluminum products and solutions. The company designs and manufactures advanced alloys and engineered solutions for a range of applications. With over 1,100 employees, Constellium’s plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia, is one of the world’s largest rolled products facilities, offering customers the most powerful plate stretchers in the world, as well as one of the largest cold rolling mills. Built in 1957, the plant houses 62 acres of production facilities on a 514-acre site. It is the largest employer in Jackson County, West Virginia and one of the top 50 businesses in West Virginia.
Today, the Ravenswood plant produces Aerospace plate, Armor plate, General engineering plate, Rail car sheet, Tank trailer & dump body sheet and coil, Trailer roof coil, Marine plate and sheet and coil, Common alloy sheet and coil products for aerospace, defense, transportation, marine, and other industrial uses. The sprawling campus has a casthouse, hot mill, plate shop, cold mill and also supplies water to the State of West Virginia. The state uses the water for waste management, sewage for remaining offices, plants and maintenance buildings in Jackson County.
To help mitigate Constellium’s own water and sewage bill they needed a custody transfer solution to meter and bill back the State of West Virginia for the state’s consumption. The goal was to get an accurate reading of the flow/gallons of water being used by the state especially with future development and growth within the region.
Sell Local, Buy Local. Valtronics, sitting in the backyard of Constellium, located in Ravenswood, WV was the obvious solution to help design a custody transfer water application.
Valtronics’ in-house team of engineers and project managers designed an 8’x12’ Industrialized building with a 1” galvanized grated floor that sits on a 4” galvanized skid anchored to a concrete pad housed on the Constellium campus. Hot taps were inserted into a 12” main water line below grade to allow above grade bypass. The tan metal Valtronics’ Industrialized building houses a 2” meter run bypass painted in RAL 6010 Grass Green per the spec provided by Constellium. The bypass run includes a Flexim F721 single channel meter with Type P Transducers, three DeZurik 2” Butterfly Valves with manual levers and two 2” watts backflow preventers.
With the help of Valtronics, Constellium can now accurately measure its internal water usage and develop projects to reduce usage and improve cost, having a positive impact on the environment.