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New test bay for Bromborough for ABB

14 July 2017

ABB has invested in a new test bay at Bromborough to test all the power quality equipment manufactured at the site, including power factor correction equipment, and also active harmonic filters that eliminate the troublesome harmonics that affect some electrical networks.

The new bay was commissioned in January 2017. It includes the latest computerised testing technology and has been designed and optimized for ABB. Before products are shipped, the new facility will ensure consistent high quality by testing in an automated bay to the highest levels of repeatability and accuracy, including systematic data storage. Testing will include high voltage, insulation and continuity tests.

Since moving its power quality facility to a new purpose-built facility in Bromborough, ABB has been able to provide a better power quality service to its customers in the UK, improving the flexibility and capability for special project work. This has included developing new products like the QS4 modular capacitor shelf, which can handle up to 100 kvar compensation capacity. This will allow our panel building customers to bring to market more cost efficient integrated solutions, while being backed up by highly reliable ABB base technology.

Steve Joyce, ABB’s Power Quality Business Manager, said: “Our new test bay is very impressive and now that it is complete, we can invite customers to Bromborough to witness testing on their equipment, giving them extra insight and background knowledge.

“Power quality is becoming increasingly important for business continuity. For example, harmonic distortions can cause unexplained shutdowns, damage to equipment and premature failure, whereas poor power factor can lead to loss of capacity and reduce life of equipment, and some utilities also charge a penalty to sites that have a low power factor. Power quality equipment can overcome these issues.”

For more information, please contact:

Karen Strong
ABB Power Grids Division UK
Oulton Road
ST15 0RS
Tel:  +44 (0)1785 825050
Fax:  +44 (0)1785 819019
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