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ABB supports industrial automation

ABB has expanded its global network of Collaborative Operations Centres to broaden its digital reach and expand its portfolio of digital services. The new centre is located at ABB's German headquarters in Mannheim and went into operation in April 2018.
20th April 2018

The power of adaptive programming

The power of adaptive programming
Taking a look and focussing on adaptive programming with UK Drives Product Manager at ABB Limited, Andy Preston, as he share his insights in a little known feature of a variable speed drive but one that offers a ‘get out of jail free card’ when installations don’t quite go to plan.
18th April 2018

Predictable performance added with condition monitoring system

Predictable performance added with condition monitoring system
  At last weeks Drives and Controls show in Birmingham ABB was showcasing its new FM502-CMS module, which allows precise and reliable real-time monitoring of machine or operation condition for increased plant availability and dependability.
18th April 2018


Smart sensor now also monitors pumps

Smart sensor now also monitors pumps
Providing data for the predictive maintenance of low voltage motors is theABB Ability Smart Sensor, which was on show at the MACH and Drives and Controls shows last week. In partnership with Emile Egger, a Swiss producer of pumps, ABB has now developed the solution to remotely monitor pumps.
17th April 2018

Taking control of sugar plant emissions

Taking control of sugar plant emissions
It’s widely understood that improving the efficiency of equipment and processes will make a business more competitive and reduce operational costs. However, this is easier said than done, as identifying the areas that need improving can be challenging - especially in sugar plants, where many managers have grown accustomed to high energy usage and carbon emission levels. Robert Glass, ABB’s Global Food and Beverage Communications Manager, explains how to reduce sugar plant carbon emissions.
22nd March 2018

Smart building sensor marks another step towards Industry 4.0

Smart building sensor marks another step towards Industry 4.0
ABB will showcase its configurable building control sensor at this year’s Light + Building trade fair in Frankfurt from 18th-23rd March. The new ABB-tacteo KNX sensor is an individually configurable control element for intelligent building control of luxury hotels, public buildings and high class residential buildings.
7th February 2018

Grid stabilisation technology enhances power reliability

Grid stabilisation technology enhances power reliability
An order for around $30m from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT has been given to ABB to supply a stabilisation solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017.
15th August 2017

Synchronous motor sets world record in energy efficiency

Synchronous motor sets world record in energy efficiency
The world record for electric motor efficiency has been set by ABB, after tests carried out on a 44MW 6-pole synchronous ABB motor shortly before delivery showed an efficiency 0.25% greater than the 98.8% stipulated in the contract. This efficiency improvement could save approximately $500,000 in electrical energy costs over the course of a 20-year lifetime for each motor.
24th July 2017

Motor safety protection improved

Motor safety protection improved
You may have heard about standard changes covering the non-sparking and increased safety protection concepts, if you use motors for explosive atmospheres. A revised edition (5.0) of IEC 60079-7, which covers the increased safety protection concept, was published in mid-2015 and approved as a European EN standard later the same year. The main change is that the technical requirements for increased safety have expanded to include those for the non-sparking concept.
24th July 2017

Looking at the evolution of the trusted elevator

Looking at the evolution of the trusted elevator
It was back in March 1857, that the world’s first successful safe passenger elevator was designed by Elisha Otis and installed in the five-story 24m tall Haughwout Building on Broadway in New York City. It cost $300 and moved at about 20cm per second. This development led to exciting times. As designers and architects began to appreciate the possibilities offered by elevators, much higher buildings became feasible, eventually leading to the enormous skyscrapers of today.
21st July 2017

Efficiency is top of the list for ABB motors

Efficiency is top of the list for ABB motors
Everyone wants to set a world record, what a wonderful achievement that is. When you think about a world record, quite often you picture winning a race or some kind of sport, maybe even the Olympics? However world records come in all different shapes and sizes, and just like in sport, setting a world record in an industrial operation depends on numerous factors that must be perfectly aligned and optimised to get the best result.
21st July 2017

Control and safety technology improves tower crane performance

Control and safety technology improves tower crane performance
To develop its second generation luffing jib tower cranes, Recom Srl turns to ABB’s control and safety technology to rejuvenate its automation system. Efforts to maximise the performance, speed and safety of the next-gen of luffing jib tower cranes has resulted in the development of specific Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) features, along with the supply of variable speed drives with FSO safety modules from ABB.
8th June 2017

Retrofitting motors brings plants into the digital age

Retrofitting motors brings plants into the digital age
The first home security system was born in 1969, consisting of four peepholes and a camera that could be moved to look through any of them, broadcasting the images to a monitor. Nowadays, we can now stream and view a feed of our home security cameras on our mobiles, giving homeowners greater piece of mind. Here, Markus Brettschneider, of ABB’s food and beverage programme, explains how food plant managers can add a similar level of connectivity to retrofit most motors with smart sensors to bring their plants to the digital age.
5th June 2017

Software solutions support digitalisation of South African power grid

Software solutions support digitalisation of South African power grid
Supporting more than 100 control room operators and 6,000 field crews to keep the lights on, ABB’s Network Manager SCADA and distribution management system at Eskom is based on a large scale. Being the seventh largest utility in the world, Eskom generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) region.
18th May 2017

Latest power grid technologies at Hannover 2017

Latest power grid technologies at Hannover 2017
  Showcasing a wide range of innovative products, systems, software and service solutions, ABB will be at HANNOER MESSE on Germany this week, from 24th-28th April. The products are helping to shape the transformation of the power sector as part of the energy revolution.
25th April 2017

Neglecting functional safety can have serious consequences

Neglecting functional safety can have serious consequences
Back in 2014, a large food manufacturer in the UK had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. An investigation revealed that this dangerous accident could have been prevented if a guard was in place on the machine.
15th March 2017

Safety standards can enhance functionality whilst reducing costs

Safety standards can enhance functionality whilst reducing costs
Functional safety can be improved for cranes, industrial elevators and woodworking machines, by capitalising on unused, standard I/O channels, and this even applied to the countries not using international standards. In a new report from ABB it states that by using the spare, standard I/O channels within ABB’s AC500 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), the functional safety of machine applications can be cost-effectively enhanced.
6th March 2017

A look at the food of tomorrow

A look at the food of tomorrow
The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, will play host to ABB Customer World on 13th-16th March. On the second day of the event, the automation and robotics specialist will deliver several keynote speeches and panels to discuss the technological challenges and developments in food manufacturing, processing and packaging as part of its ABB Food and Beverage day.
21st February 2017

Microgrid brings clean energy to Alaska community

Microgrid brings clean energy to Alaska community
In Anchorage, Alaska, USA, ABB will provide a microgrid, combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies, designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people. 
13th February 2017

Ultra-high-voltage transformers to help deliver clean hydropower

Ultra-high-voltage transformers to help deliver clean hydropower
An order worth around $75m has been won by ABB, to supply advanced converter transformers for the Belo Monte 800kV ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link. The 2,518km link will transmit clean power generated in the north of Brazil, from the Xingu substation, to the Rio Substation in the southeast. 
16th January 2017


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