VIL offers a range of services for Vacuum Interrupter Manufacturers, Switchgear Manufacturers and Switchgear Owners and Operators. Along with our Training and General Consultancy Services this enables us to provide a comprehensive solution to any of your Vacuum Technology requirements.
Take a more in depth look at our range of services below:
VIL team members have been at the forefront of vacuum interrupter (VI) design for over 30 years, and VIL has full design capability for VI at all ratings typically ranging from 1kV to 245kV and interruption levels up to 63kA, according to company requirements or international standards such as IEC, GB, and ANSI. Vacuum interrupters can be designed as drop in replacements for existing VI or designed to fit existing circuit breakers or optimally new VI can be designed for any rating together with new circuit breakers.
VIL performs it’s own research into vacuum interrupter technology and manufacturing processes in order both to optimise the processes and meet ever changing requirements for environmental and safety issues. The VIL manufacturing system has been developed over many years and can be adapted to meet the requirements of micro factories (5000 VI per year or less) up to mega factories (250,000 VI per year or more). The factories are individually designed around the customers requirements and in particular the level of automation can range from a fully manually operated factory up to total automation where there are no direct human workers.
Vacuum interrupters are extremely reliable in service, but as they are applied in very large numbers over very many years, occasionally failure may occur. VIL has extensive experience in investigating problems with vacuum circuit breakers, ranging from loss of vacuum for the vacuum interrupter (VI) up to catastrophic failure of the circuit breaker.
VIL provides bespoke technical training for all types of client ranging from existing courses on Switching and Circuit Breaker Theory, to custom courses designed to the client’s requirements. We provide training either at VIL’s office and Laboratory facilities in Rugby (UK) or on the clients own site and premises.
Typical training includes:
The most common fault in vacuum interrupters is degradation of vacuum. VIL’s Revalidation Service enables us to test and inspect VI using original test data, detect vacuum levels whilst still sealed and thus re-certify old interrupters for a further period of service
VIL offers a service to it’s clients to revalidate old vacuum interrupters (VI). Revalidation is necessary when VI have been in service for their design life which is normally around 20 years. Due to the excellent reliability of VI many devices in service are now exceeding this design life and appear to be fully functional. Revalidation is where we take older VI and establish their present condition and their suitability for use over an extended period up to a total VI life which may be 40 years.