ABB Variable-Speed Drives2021-05-14T08:15:14+01:00
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As a member of ABB’s exclusive authorised value provider network, Gibbons offers sole distribution, installation and start-up of ABB low-voltage AC variable-speed drives.

Our comprehensive range of ABB variable-speed drives covers a vast number of applications, from micro drives used in machine building to industrial drives for the control of processing lines.

We supply high-performance, energy-efficient ABB AC drives directly from stock for next-day delivery, backed up by our outstanding technical service.

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ABB Drive Accessories

The following is a selection of ABB drives accessories available across all ranges.

  • Assistant control panel
  • Basic control panel
  • Panel cover
  • NEMA 1 kit
  • Panel mounting kit, IP54 and IP66
  • Relay extension module
  • Potentiometer
  • FlashDrop
  • Fieldbus interfaces
  • 24V ‘live keypad’ options
  • DriveWindow Light PC tool

Can’t find the drive you’re looking for? Please get in touch for our full stock list >


We utilise all our knowledge and expertise to provide bespoke ABB drives services, helping you get the most out of your investment. These comprehensive services are provided at six stages of a drive’s lifecycle, from pre-purchase right through to replacement and recycling.

Click on the headings below to explore our complete range of ABB variable-speed drives services.

Order & Delivery
Installation & Startup
Operation & Maintenance
Upgrade & Retrofit
Replacement & Recycling
Value Chain Support

Drives Pre-Purchase

Correct drive selection and precise dimensioning ensure a drive installation powerful enough to match electric motor requirements, yet sized to fit a budget.

Given that electricity consumption savings of 50% can be made by reducing the motor speed by just 20%, and with payback time being as short as six months, consider an energy appraisal from Gibbons.

We carry out detailed harmonic surveys of currents and voltages using proprietary equipment and offer advice for avoiding or rectifying any harmonic problems.

Our expert engineers understand electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues and can help ensure that your installation complies with the most up-to-date legislation.

Drives Order & Delivery

Prompt delivery from local and central stocks

We stock ABB drives and spare parts locally, providing high availability and same-day or next-day delivery. To minimise costly downtime for clients, our logistics network operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week using express courier services.


We offer flexible ordering methods for ABB variable-speed drives and spares, with standard and bespoke solutions available. Extensive online information means customers can become familiar with product data and documentation before ordering.

Express delivery

Our express delivery service ensures that ABB drives and spare parts are delivered with the utmost urgency, either from local or regional stock or directly from the factory.

Drives Installation & Start-Up

Our installation service includes:

  • Pre-planning the installation
  • Checking the ambient conditions, ratings, required cooling air flow, input power connection, compatibility and connection
  • Mechanical and electrical installation work according to local legislation, safety demands and technical standards
  • Safety and installation check and approval according to the manufacturer’s procedure
  • Installation in accordance with EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) requirements
  • Insulation testing of cabling

Our start-up service includes:

  • Safety and installation check according to manufacturer’s procedure
  • Insulation testing of cabling
  • Checking the compatibility with IT (ungrounded) and corner-grounded TN systems
  • Control signal checking at drive unit
  • Parameter settings
  • ID-run and test without process load
  • Optional process tuning after customer definitions
  • Collecting back-up files, should the engineer need to recall any information later.

Project management through every stage, covering:

  • Documentation
  • Certification
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Commissioning

Drives Operation & Maintenance

Site Survey

A site survey carried out by Gibbons provides the foundation for developing a long-term drives maintenance and improvement plan. A survey defines measures to be taken for lowering operational costs, improving productivity, reducing environmental impact and enhancing safety. An energy appraisal is often included in the site survey, which helps identify potential energy savings.

Remote monitoring and intelligent diagnostics

Gibbons offer remote monitoring services, making it easy to collect an array of data relating not only to ABB drives but also to process variables such as pressure, temperature and flow rate. Benefits of remote monitoring include: enhanced knowledge of the process and its variations, prevention of potential failures and maximised process uptime.

Preventive maintenance

A variable-speed drive typically performs critical duties in a process or plant. A drive failure can result in loss of production and revenues and may have serious safety and environmental impacts. Adopting preventive maintenance schedules reduces the risk of failure and increases the lifetime of the drive, thus lowering overall operational costs.


Gibbons can restore ABB drives to their original condition, with our service including full inspection, thorough cleaning and individual component analysis and replacement. The reconditioned drive undergoes complete testing and comes with a warranty.

Preventive maintenance kits

Drive-specific preventive maintenance kits contain all the genuine spare parts needed to perform a specific task. The number of drive-specific maintenance kits varies from drive to drive and their selection is different depending on the equipment’s age. Maintenance kits are more economical to purchase compared to ordering the spare parts separately.

On-site repair

We carry out on-site repair using the latest diagnostic, repair and testing practices to maximise the ABB drive performance while minimising production or process downtime. All work is carried out by our ABB-authorised service engineers who can also offer advice on the operation and maintenance of the drive so as to help improve machine or process performance. Whenever repair isn’t possible, an exchange unit may be offered which can be an entire reconditioned drive, a drive module or a drive component.

Off-site repair

Our authorised ABB drives service workshop offers component replacement and software upgrades as well as major and emergency repairs. All work is performed by our ABB-authorised personnel in dust-free, electrostatic discharge-protected areas. Before repair, the drives are thoroughly cleaned, and fully tested afterwards. Should a drive repair not be feasible, an exchange unit, if available, will be offered.

Drives Upgrade & Retrofit

  • Upgrades – maximised return on investments
  • Retrofits – modernising drives economically

Drives Replacement & Recycling

  • Drives replacement
  • Drives recycling

Drives Value Chain Support

  • Training and learning
  • Technical support
  • Contracts
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