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Modernization and performance improvement services for drives

Optimal performance and lifetime extensions

When your drives are reaching the end of their life cycle, it is time to modernize them. ABB offers various service options to modernize your equipment. These services enable you to return drive equipment back to its original reliability, potentially increasing its performance and providing greater flexibility with new features.

We support you to find the right solution

You understand your equipment and the needs of your business. We can ensure that you have multiple options to manage the reliability of your equipment. We can offer expert advice on the practicalities of the modernization of drives, as well as the implementation and future operation of different solutions. We work with you as a partner, to optimize the solution based on your budgetary requirements.

Key benefits

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  • Secure operational continuity by extending the lifetime of your drive system
  • Manage component obsolescence with modernization solutions
  • Improve usability and safety with new features
  • Secure reliability and improve performance with proven technology
  • Identify emerging equipment problems before they happen

Four options to modernize your drives

ABB can offer four different options to modernize your drive: retrofit, upgrade, replacements and modernization of non-ABB drives. Selecting the best option depends on your own processes, how the drives are used and the types of drives that are in operation.

Modernization services for low voltage AC drives

The ABB LV AC drive modernization service allows you to replace only the essential components of your drive. This means, that the modernization can be undertaken with a minimum interruption to normal operations, and with the investment targeted in the most efficient way possible. The service is very flexible and can be adapted to coincide with your own scheduled shutdowns. Modernization doesn’t require major changes to the current infrastructure, as existing cabinet structures can be used. This will minimize the total investment required for a modernization project.

ACS800 single drives
ACS600 single drives
ACS600 multidrives
ACW600 water-cooled drives
ACV700/SAMISTAR drives

ACS800 single drive modernization is a fast, flexible, and environment-friendly solution to extend the equipment’s lifetime. The service modernizes the existing ACS800- 07, -17 or-37 drive with digital state-of-the-art ACS880 technology without the need to fully replace the drive cabinet. This optimizes costs and minimizes the downtime of your operations. 


  • Improve performance, usability and safety of your equipment
  • Access to digital services to identify emerging problems before they occur
  • The solution is tested and proven safe by standards and certifications, bringing resilience to the system

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ABB offers a variety of solutions to modernize your existing ACS600 cabinet mounted single drives with ACS880 technology. Depending on the power of the drive, only the drive module and necessary control connections are changed. For larger power units all the components inside the cabinet are retrofitted to ACS880 technology.


  • Extended life cycle of your drive
  • Improved performance, usability and safety of your equipment
  • Access to digital services to identify emerging problems before they occur

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ABB retrofit service is a fast and efficient way to modernize your ACS600 multidrive and bring reliability improvements to your plant and process. The retrofit service can be done in challenging environments and carried out in line with your own production schedules to minimize unexpected downtime and avoid additional maintenance breaks.


  • Extended life cycle of your drive
  • Rapid deployment thanks to gradual modernization
  • Reduced wastage and investment

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ACW600 drives are coming to the end of their life cycle, and it will become difficult to maintain them with normal maintenance programs. ABB enables you to continue to extract value from your asset with retrofit solutions. This service will update the drive to new ACS880 technology with the latest features and change its life-cycle phase back to Active, ensuring the availability of spare parts and technical support.


  • Ensure support for your equipment
  • Perform modernization in places, where it is difficult to access
  • Minimize downtime

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ACV700 and SAMISTAR drives are in the Obsolete life-cycle phase, which means there are no spare parts, maintenance or support services available. With retrofit service, ABB can help you to upgrade these drives back to the Active life-cycle phase and ensure support for years to come.


  • Retrofitting brings reliability improvements to your process
  • Optimized planned downtime
  • Reduce wastage and investment 

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Modernization services for medium voltage drives

The ABB upgrade service unlocks the latest features of MV drives by installing state-of-the art control systems within proven and existing designs. An engineered solution for upgrading MV drives can help minimize investment costs, and reduce the downtime required. This upgrade service can also enhance the efficiency and reliability of your drive, bringing it in-line with the latest advancements in technology.
ABB offers a variety of services to maintain performance, increase reliability, improve operations and upgrade ACS6000 converters to the latest technology. This helps maximize long-term value for your asset using converter solutions that fit your needs.
Examples of upgrade services:
  • Control upgrade (BCU-55)
  • Safe torque off (STO) upgrade
  • Fast recovery upgrade
  • Arc Guard System™ Safety upgrade
  • Power upgrade


  • Improved performance
  • Ongoing operational reliability 
  • Optimized maintenance costs 
  • Guaranteed life-cycle services

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Modernizing a MEGADRIVE-LCI variable speed drive with a PEC3 package offers industrial processes increased production output and reduced CO2 emissions while extending the drive's life expectancy. The modernization package redefines the LCI drive's potential: increasing process power, enhancing reliability and boosting efficiencies.

Two options of upgrade services are available:

  • Control upgrade (PSR to PEC3)
  • Mainboard upgrade (PEC2 to PEC3)


  • Up to 5% higher production output 
  • Up to 10% lower CO2 emissions
  • Enhanced process reliability
  • Longer equipment lifetime
  • Fast problem solution from remote

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      Modernization services for DC drives

      Thyristor technology used in DC drives is very robust. However, the control electronics and other components need to be replaced as the drive ages in order to keep it functioning correctly. The DC modernization service will update the essential components of your DC drive to bring it in-line with the latest innovations in DC drive control technology, as well as adding modern features to the existing installation. This minimizes downtime, ensuring your investment is deployed as efficiently as possible.

      Drive replacements

      When a drive needs to be replaced, we help you to select the optimal replacement with the correct features for your application to ensure a seamless transition between old and new product.


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