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When do variable-speed drives need replacing?

When you have an old piece of equipment that’s operating well and doing the job it’s supposed to, it’s often easy to ignore it until it fails or begins to malfunction. The problem when this does happen is that spares may be expensive or difficult to acquire, meaning you’re faced with an extended period of unplanned downtime.

Variable-speed drives (VSDs) are no exception, and the first generation of drives – installed around 35 years ago – is certainly showing signs of ageing. A VSD has an operational life of 15-20 years, and because spares are generally supplied for 10 years after manufacturing discontinues, parts can soon become scarce and expensive. Running a drive that’s over 10 years old can therefore be costly compared to the price of a replacement, as the workload on its well-used components takes its toll.

If you think it’s about time you replaced your VSD for a modern, energy-efficient unit, contact us here at Gibbons where we’ll offer you expert advice and make honest suggestions about the best course of action. Call 01621 868138 or email one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

Variable-Speed Drives

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