Drives and Control Solutions

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ABB

July 3, 2018

ABB Ability™ is about digital transformation. There are already over 200 ABB Ability solutions, including services, software and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, which offer significant advantages for customers, such as increasing process uptime and output with less risks and costs.

"Conventionally, when a drive stops in a steel plant in India, the manager has to phone us and we will send someone out. That takes a couple of days,” said Sönke Kock, Digital Leader in ABB Drives. “Yet, when this happened recently to a drive equipped with ABB Ability™ Remote Assistance services, we received the alarm directly from the drive, and we found within 20 minutes that the drive had overheated because a dust filter was dirty.  The dust filter could easily be replaced by plant personnel, avoiding further lost worktime and costs."

That was possible as the ABB drive was feeding all its information to the cloud and ABB's experts were able to analyze it immediately. Now, ABB introduces its ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain – a digital solution that integrates sensor and drive data with cloud-based analytics along a whole chain of industrial equipment used in factory environments – from drives and motors, to pumps and bearings.

An essential element of the ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain is its monitoring services. Each powertrain, including all its components such as drives, motors, bearings and applications like pumps and compressors, sends measurement data to the cloud, which is then visible to the operator on a simple dashboard.  Powertrain assets that are functioning correctly are shown as green; yellow indicates there's something which needs to be checked, while red means that there is something wrong. 

"All your powertrains appear on one screen in a pie-chart showing perhaps that of your, let’s say, 27 powertrains, 20 are green, six are yellow and one is red," explained Kock. “You can then drill down into the data to get details of the individual powertrains and their components as needed. This is the first kind of IoT-based solution to cover the whole powertrain with such extensive monitoring capabilities."

"If one of a few hundred bearings breaks on a mine conveyor belt, it may not be noticed until it causes a serious problem,” Kock illustrated. “But the dashboard will show the powertrain as yellow, so that the operator can focus on it and zoom in to its different components until the problem with the single bearing can be identified." The operator can then contact ABB or arrange for in-house technicians to solve the problem.

The next stage of condition monitoring comes soon as ABB introduces predictive maintenance services in the coming months where components will be analyzed directly under their real operating conditions. This enables them to be serviced or replaced according to precise recommendations based on actual, ongoing levels of stress and wear.  After all, the lifetime of a component as given on the box can only be based on average conditions – predictive maintenance will know whether real conditions require earlier or perhaps later action, and may also indicate where conditions may be changed to improve component life.

"Digital Powertrain is another step towards digitalizing the interaction between ABB and its customers," said Kock. He believes that digitalizing the whole process, from purchase to decommissioning, will reduce cost, waste and delay and so helps achieve ABB’s main aim, which is to provide more benefit and profit for the customer.

For more information HERE

https://new.abb.com/


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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

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The HPS Power Quality Lab allows customers to experience real time testing of line side HPS power quality products such as transformers, line reactorsactive harmonic filters and passive harmonic filters as well as load side products such as load reactors and different types of dV/dT filters with various cable lengths. The power quality products can run at full load using either 10HP, 25HP and 100HP VFD systems and associated motor/load. 

The HPS Power Quality Lab will be available for booking starting in October.

HPS Power Quality Lab FAQs

Where is the HPS PQ lab located?

The HPS PQ Lab is located at our Headquarters in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

What products can be tested in the HPS PQ lab?

The main products that can be tested are line/load reactors, passive harmonic filters, active harmonic filters and dV/dT filters.

How long is a typical session in the lab?

It is expected that a session will typically be completed within 1 hour depending on how many products, sizes and operating conditions are to be addressed.  

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Introducing the Revolutionary New MP8000 Bluetooth® Enabled Overload Relay. This smart, universal relay can communicate directly with your smart phone via Bluetooth®. No need to open the control panel. Monitor and control unlimited relays through the Littelfuse App on the smartphone you already own from a safe distance.

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"This is a HUGE opportunity. During a new installation, I can be right next to the motor at start up to see if it’s binding (or other problems).”



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Promass Q 300/500, the high-tech Coriolis flowmeter series from Endress+Hauser for demanding fluids, now boasts revolutionary 4-tube technology, opening up numerous additional applications in the oil and gas industry in particular – for example, as a highly accurate duty meter for custody transfer and fiscal metering, or as a precision reference device (master meter) for on-site verification measurements. Furthermore, Promass Q now is available for three larger pipe sizes: DN 150 (6”), DN 200 (8”) and DN 250 (10").

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