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    Extend asset life by modernizing your electrical installations

    Modernize your obsolete electrical distribution installation by upgrading to digitized equipment, and help keep your assets running safer, better, and longer. Benefits include:

    • Less downtime for installation
    • Enhance reliability
    • Reduce operating costs

Switchgear Modernization Solutions

Extend the life of the active components of your switchgear while leaving the existing switchgear structure intact. We have solutions for any brand of equipment!

Direct Replacement Circuit Breakers

Direct Replacement circuit breakers are designed to fit into the existing cubicle with little to no modification to the switchgear cell.
  • Improve Reliability - Reduce Maintenance Requirements - Increase Equipment Capabilities
    Motor control center (MCC) structures and internal buswork typically have a long life. Their unit racking systems are simple and most likely, in good shape. So why replace the entire motor control center when problems arise? Schneider Electric offers direct replacement and retrofit options to upgrade low-voltage motor control centers.

    Direct Replacement Units
    New direct replacement MCC units are available for many vintage and current style motor control centers. This approach minimizes outage time and reduces costs associated with having to match existing footprints for the removal and re-installation of cables. Replacement units can be installed over an extended period, which provides an overall equipment upgrade on a limited maintenance budget.

    Retrofit OEM Bucket
    When a direct replacement unit is not available, Schneider Electric Services can retrofit a genuine OEM bucket with all new Square D™ components. The genuine OEM stab assembly is reconditioned and the bucket is painted white enamel. All work is performed by factory-trained personnel.

    Find replacements for many brands

    New direct replacement motor control center units are available for many common vintage and current style MCCs. Following is a partial list of OEM models for which direct replacement units are available:
    • Allen-Bradley: Centerline® 2100
    • General Electric: 7700 and 8000 Series
    • ITE – Gould – Telemecanique: Series 5600
    • ITE – Imperial – Telemecanique: Series 9600
    • Square D Model 4
    • Westinghouse and Cutler-Hammer: Type W

    Better manage your critical processes, increase productivity and save energy.

    Upgrade to an intelligent motor control center specifying the TeSys T motor management system in your replacement units. The TeSys system is the only motor management system with advanced and integrated control features to reduce the complexity of your equipment as well as reduce costs.

    Another intelligent option is to replace your existing starter unit with a variable frequency drive (VFD) unit which can improve energy usage for variable torque loads.

  • Circuit Breaker Reconditioning

    Reconditioning power circuit breakers is a cost-effective solution for any maintenance budget that helps restore equipment reliability and reduce the potential for downtime. Schneider Electric Services can recondition and refurbish existing low-and medium-voltage circuit breakers to like-new condition. We will:

    • Check components for wear
    • Clean, repaint and lubricate key components
    • Correct identified problems
    • Calibrate to meet OEM specifications.

    Contact Conversions for Motor Starting Applications
    Contactor conversions promote longevity and performance in motor starting applications and are available for both low-voltage and medium-voltage applications. A contactor conversion increases electrical system capacity, reduces maintenance requirements and enhances safety with built-in loss of phase protection.

    Relay and Metering Upgrades
    Microprocessor-based digital relays can measure, manage, analyze and provide diagnostics for all applications in an installation. While electromechanical relays can handle one or two functions per device, digital relays allow multiple functions due to the microprocessor programming. Direct replacement relays are available.

    Network Protectors
    Schneider Electric Services is a leader in the conversion and re-manufacture of circuit interruption for underground utility systems.

    Legacy Product Support
    Schneider Electric Services provides a full range of legacy product support for Square D™ Power Distribution components and most major OEM’s equipment. Whether you need parts, upgraded technology, reduced arc flash category, or increased equipment reliability, Schneider Electric Services has your solution.

    Hope Creek Generating Station

    The circuit breakers at this 1,219 MW nuclear power plant had been in use since the facility opened in 1986. After carefully evaluating all options, including whether to refurbish the existing circuit breakers or opt for a total replacement, the decision was made to modernize the existing switchgear with new Masterpact NW direct replacement circuit breakers.

    Retrofill Project Modernizes Electrical Distribution for Auto Manufacturer

    Facilities personnel were concerned about a lengthy and costly downtime because of outdated switchgear. The two primary switchgear lineups were installed in the early 1950s. Though still operational, the age of the circuit breakers connected to the 2,000 amp bus in both lineups, along with the elevator-like system used to remove them from the switchgear for maintenance, increased risk for the plant’s electricians.

    Switchgear Survival Guide: Ten Tips to Enhance Electrical Reliability

    Facility managers now have another option to consider for the repair vs. replace dilemma. Capabilities exist to modernize and extend the life of the active components, i.e., circuit breakers, while leaving the existing switchgear structure intact. Read the white paper for more information.

A cost-effective approach to modernizing your aging switchgear

Modernization solutions improve power system reliability and lower life-cycle costs. Learn about products, features, and benefits in our direct replacement and retrofill modernization selector guide.

Talk to our experts about upgrading or replacing your existing equipment

Each power system and situation is unique, but the challenges of aging electrical equipment can be addressed without total replacement. We'll help you make the best choice.

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