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Drives users are offered single-source support

01 September, 2006

Drives users are offered single-source support

ABB has launched a service that offers drives users a single source for drives repairs, maintenance and hire, from ten sites across the UK. The DrivesAdvantage scheme, available from members of the company`s Drives Alliance, will service drives installations of any make, and offer other services such as upgrades, energy surveys, and training.

The scheme comprises six service packages, covering:

the repair of drives from ABB and from other suppliers (or advice on replacements if the repair is uneconomical);

the replacement of existing drives and the disposal of the old equipment;

hiring drives to meet temporary needs, to deal with breakdowns, to test new applications, or to assess potential energy savings;

providing periodical and preventive maintenance and security backups of drive parameters;

performing energy appraisals to identify energy-saving opportunities; and

training to help users take advantage of drives.

Nick Brown, ABB`s drives sales manager, says that the six packages will give drives users "the support they need at every stage of the drive`s lifecycle".

A brochure describing the service is available from or by calling 0800 783 7491 in the UK.

Steve Ruddell (above), general manager of ABB drives and motors in the UK, has been appointed as the company`s first corporate spokesman on energy in the UK. He will explain ABB`s policy on energy efficiency across all of its UK products and divisions. Until now, each division has commented on its own issues. Ruddell, 40, will retain his responsibility for drives and motors — a position he has held since 2004 — as well as being a member of ABB`s global management team for LV motors, and global manager for ABB`s Sulzer account.

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