Sulzer has signed a service agreement with ABB for large motors and generators in the UK, the companies announced this week.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sulzer will provide inspection, remedial work, modifications, repairs and rewinds for ABB’s large machines rated at 6.6 kV and above.

Sulzer said it won the contract in part due to recent investments in its electromechanical equipment.

The firm’s service centre in Birmingham has invested in additional equipment in its coil shop as well as 3D design software to enhance the capability of bespoke coil and bar designs, which are then manufactured in-house.

Its Falkirk service centre is set to double its high voltage testing capacity in the first half of 2017 to enable 2 MW load testing across a full range of voltages up to 13.8 kV. Sulzer said the facility has extensive experience with offshore applications and expertise in repairing equipment designed to operate in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Chris Powles, Sulzer’s EMEA head of electromechanical services, said the agreement would complement ABB’s existing capabilities, while Sulzer’s customers would “be able to take advantage of replacement supply of ABB equipment as well as ABB’s advanced technology services, such as the Air Gap Inspector – a miniature robot fitted with five cameras that can crawl in the air gap between the stator and the rotor of large generators and electric motors.”