ABB expands engineering centre


01 November 2018
Apprentice Lucy Tudor cuts the ribbon at the opening of ABB's UK engineering centre in Coalville
ABB has doubled the size of its UK engineering centre to meet demand for servicing variable speed drives (VSDs), developing specialist test rigs (STRs) and customer training.
Floorspace at the site in Coalville, Leicestershire, is increased from 830 m2  to 1789 m2. The site houses the latest ABB-certified workshop – one of 17 throughout the world - offering repairs and upgrades to low voltage AC and DC drives and medium voltage AC drives. The centre’s load test facilities ensure VSDs are tested under realistic conditions before being returned to a customer.
The facility upgrades third party medium voltage drives, as well as those of ABB. Stuart Melling, business unit manager, ABB Drives UK, said: “Many operators across multiple industries are finding that their variable speed drives are no longer supported by the original vendor. ABB can integrate new variable speed drives and control platforms to these systems, ensuring operators can continue to benefit from their substantial investment in equipment.”
The location boasts what is said to be the largest VSD training school in the UK, offering customers access to certified courses covering low-, medium- and high-power drives. 
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