SWARCO launches new repair and renovation service for Variable Message Signs

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 11, 2015 08:40

SWARCO launches new repair and renovation service for Variable Message Signs


A new service to repair and renovate life expired Variable Message Signs (VMS) has been launched by SWARCO Traffic, the traffic management solutions business.

Many early generation VMS are now reaching end of life and are either failing completely or becoming extremely difficult to maintain. SWARCO is therefore applying its technical expertise and production capabilities to renovate and return VMS to service.

Jeremy Cowling, Managing Director of SWARCO Traffic, says that where possible, original equipment and enclosures are retained but new electronics and LEDs fitted: “This process enables full functionality of the sign to be restored,” he explains.

“The result is improved reliability; the signs become easier to maintain and spare parts are now more readily available. The performance characteristics of the new equipment are often better than when the signs were first installed and there is an opportunity to reduce power consumption.”

Jeremy says that for some councils, the cost of ‘buying new’ is simply too great, making repair and renovation an exciting proposition: “Although many would undoubtedly like to replace their existing systems with more 21st Century technology, sometimes the budgets just won’t allow it,” he says.

“By offering a new service, to repair, renovate and re-install existing equipment, we can help local authorities to address an immediate need with a cost-effective and pragmatic solution.”

A project is currently underway with one municipal authority to repair up to 40 signs, some of which were installed up to 20 years ago.  Several other customers are discussing this approach with SWARCO to maximise the value of their installed asset base.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 11, 2015 08:40