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Switchboard Upgrades

Switchboards and the components within switchboards all have an estimated design life expectancy. As your site and your switchboard requirements change over time, so will the need for your equipment within your switchboard. From increasing your switchboard capacity for supporting new equipment or infrastructure to moderinising your components and safety features to improve the safety and performance of your board.

At Select Switchboards, our expert team works both in our manufacturing facility and at client sites during switchboard upgrades. This hybrid work allows them to design and build ad-hoc parts and switchboard sections at our facility, and then install them into your switchboard on-site, minimising your operational downtime.

All modifications are completed in compliance with Australian standards and ensure that your switchboard is functioning at the highest level of safety and performance.

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Switchboard Upgrades

Example of a switchboard upgrade design drawing detailing the modifications completed by Select Switchboards.

The core of our business at Select Switchboards is the design and manufacture of switchboards of all shapes and sizes to be used to help create the infrastructure across Australia's largest industries.

A key part of our operations includes switchboard replacements. However, we always suggest to any potential client to explore the viability of a switchboard upgrade or modification first. This is sometimes a much cheaper alternative, especially if the existing switchboard has space to accommodate the upgrade. It can also minimise the disruption to your services, with our assemblers, fitters, and electricians able to use our manufacturing facility to create the ad-hoc components or sections for your switchboard, before visiting your site for installation.

Our Switchboard Upgrade Process

Each Switchboard Upgrade or Modification is unique to the age, health, and location of your existing switchboard; along with the new required load capacity, extra system installation, and the size of the overall upgrade. Our experienced team has seen it all, with a typical switchboard upgrade from Select Switchboards including the following steps.

Physical, Operational & Thermal Inspection: We will complete a visual, operational, and thermographic examination of the switchboard, looking for signs of damage, wear, or other potential problems. Examples of potential issues include corroded components, missing parts, signs of overheating or burning, and more.

Plan Upgrade: We will work with our design team to find the best solution for the switchboard upgrade. The final designs will be presented to all key stakeholders for acceptance.

Procurement & Manufacturing: Depending on the size and location of your site, our electricians and fitters will create all ad-hoc components and sections at our manufacturing facility ready to be installed on-site to minimise disruption.

Switchboard Upgrade: On-site the Select team will make the necessary switchboard modifications or upgrades to your switchboards at any hour of the day to minimise your site's downtime and disruption to your operations.

Compliance Verification: We will verify that the switchboard upgrade or modification and its installation comply with all relevant safety standards and regulations.

Documentation Review: Any relevant documentation, such as installation records, maintenance logs, and previous inspection reports will be reviewed and updated.

Types of Switchboard Upgrades

Work sites and properties change all the time. From the addition of new equipment/machinery or extensions being built, to new systems and infrastructure being added, so you will need to make sure that your switchboard has the capacity to deal with these extra loads.

At Select Switchboards, we not only have the capability to design and manufacture switchboards from scratch, but we can also modify and upgrade existing switchboards to ensure that they have the appropriate capacity and efficiency to safely run your site. Below are examples of the three most popular switchboard upgrades or modifications that we complete.

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Retrofits

Switchboard Refrofits refers to the upgrading or modernising of an existing switchboard with newer components or technology. Most components and systems within a switchboard have a lifespan. The goal of retrofitting a switchboard is to improve the switchboard's efficiency, safety, or functionality without replacing the entire board. For instance, old circuit breakers may be replaced with newer models or safety features may be added.

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Additions

Our switchboard additions include adding new components to the existing switchboard to increase its capacity or functionality. For example, if you have new machinery, equipment, or electrical systems, new circuits or safety devices might be added to accommodate additional electrical loads. Switchboard additions require there to be existing space within the switchboard for the new hardware.

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Extensions

Switchboard extensions involve physically expanding the switchboard and are typically the option when the existing switchboard doesn't have enough space to accommodate the addition of the necessary components or circuits for the system's power needs. An extension often includes adding new sections or panels to the switchboard.

Switchboard
Retrofits

Switchboard Refrofits refers to the upgrading or modernising of an existing switchboard with newer components or technology. Most components and systems within a switchboard have a lifespan. The goal of retrofitting a switchboard is to improve the switchboard's efficiency, safety, or functionality without replacing the entire board. For instance, old circuit breakers may be replaced with newer models or safety features may be added.

Switchboard
Additions

Our switchboard additions include adding new components to the existing switchboard to increase its capacity or functionality. For example, if you have new machinery, equipment, or electrical systems, new circuits or safety devices might be added to accommodate additional electrical loads. Switchboard additions require there to be existing space within the switchboard for the new hardware.

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Extensions

Switchboard extensions involve physically expanding the switchboard and are typically the option when the existing switchboard doesn't have enough space to accommodate the addition of the necessary components or circuits for the system's power needs. An extension often includes adding new sections or panels to the switchboard.

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