Retrofitting is particularly attractive to organisations with a large volume of ageing installed equipment and where asset replacement budgets are limited. A major attraction of retrofitting is the elimination of the need for disruptive re-cabling and no requirement for civils, transformer or cabling works.
Retrofitting switchgear can extend the life expectancy of current assets by 30 years, dependent on the switchgear panel’s condition, whilst offering minimal disruption. For a straightforward retrofit circuit breaker option, site times can be very short, perhaps even less than one day per circuit.
A typical retrofit solution involves the replacement of old circuit breakers with modern vacuum circuit breakers.
The benefits of retrofitting switchgear are:
As OEM of Brush Switchgear and South Wales Switchgear, Hawker Siddeley Switchgear offer retrofit solutions for VSI and VMV range of Brush Switchgear and C & D Range and HawkGas12 South Wales Switchgear circuit breakers.
All our retrofit solutions are fitted with our award winning, patented magnetic actuator.
Our patented, single coil magnetic actuator and electromagnetic spring innovations have been widely acclaimed, ground-breaking developments, which have provided Hawker Siddeley Switchgear with a world leading edge in circuit breaker technology.
Independently recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the prestigious Queen’s Award for engineering excellence, the actuator coil is energised in one direction to 'power close' the circuit breaker and in the opposite direction to open it by de-latching the holding force. This unique feature of the actuator design is used in our 'Fit & Forget' range of products and ensures reliable tripping operation under all battery conditions and even for manual trip.
The benefits of this are: