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Yorkshire Water chooses SEW Eurodrive for KEY UPGRADE

Posted: Tuesday 19th January 2010

SEW Eurodrive has always been renowned for supplying quality gear units, motors and drive electronics. However, the ability to combine these quality components and install them on site has historically been left to other companies.

Until now!

The expansion of its service centre facilities and the introduction of dedicated site teams has allowed SEW Eurodrive not only to supply products but to take on complete onsite installation projects demanding the highest service levels. This can include all products from SEW Eurodrive’s extensive portfolio, including standard geared motors, industrial gear units and electronic drive controllers combined with special components and third-party items.

This has resulted in SEW Eurodrive being awarded a number of major installation projects across the UK.

An example of the type of project now being undertaken by the service team is a recently-won contract for replacement drives at a Yorkshire Water sewage treatment site in Rotherham. This extensive site was fitted with 42 aeration drives of various manufacture, age and reliability. The severe flooding in June 2007 then resulted in an unacceptable number of failures of the gearboxes and motors installed on the site. In order to provide the best service to its customers, Yorkshire Water made a strategic decision to upgrade the whole site including the aerator drives at a total cost of £4.5m. To do this, it needed to find a trusted partner it could rely on to both manage the project and complete the installation within the required timescale.

Yorkshire Water selected SEW Eurodrive as its partner for the key modernisation of its Rotherham site - despite strong competition from other major gearbox manufacturers - due to its ability to fulfil all aspects of the project in-house.

The project involved supplying 42 flange-mounted helical gearboxes with a maximum torque rating of 4000Nm, fitted with 11kW, two-speed, energy-efficient motors. New bedplates had to be manufactured so the new drives could utilise the existing aerator fixings and the output couplings had to be re-worked to the new specification. SEW Eurodrive dedicated two service engineers to the site for two months in order to complete the project successfully.

The project was completed to Yorkshire Water’s usual high standards and is now running, trouble-free.

If you are considering upgrading your existing plant and you wish to engage the resources of a quality partner where service is key, then SEW Eurodrive is the company to choose.

For more information, contact Karl Rigg, SEW UK Service Manager on 01924 893855 or email:

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