The drive, with complete life cycle services, is available for plant extensions in the active and classic phases of the drive life cycle.
Drive upgrades are designed for improving the performance and extending both the functionality and the lifetime of the drive. Upgrade services comprise both hardware and software updates.
Instead of replacing an entire drive or drive system, it is often more economical to modernize the old installation by reusing all relevant parts of the original equipment and purchasing new where necessary.
In a retrofit project, existing cabling, motors and cabinets often remain in use, while the drive or drive system is replaced either completely or partly. Retrofitting is typically carried out during planned production shutdowns, without causing extra production downtime.
According to the ABB drive life cycle management model, it is recommended that a drive be modernized or replaced at the end of its life cycle’s classic phase.