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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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New woodlands are being created in the UK with the help of Mid Wales-based Invertek Drives through the Forest Carbon project to offset its carbon footprint. The company, which manufactures variable frequency drives (VFD) at its global headquarters at Welshpool, Powys, has worked with a local printing company to purchase ‘carbon balancing’ paper for all of its in-house printers, including the printing of its products’ handbooks.

Forest Carbon plants woodlands for companies wanting to mitigate the impact of their greenhouse emissions, as well as making a contribution to wider environmental benefits. It is the only UK-based carbon standard and is supported by the government.

The woodlands are planted at locations where they would not otherwise be commercially viable. The paper purchased by Invertek Drives is currently helping plant trees on land near Carlisle, Cumbria.

The new woodlands will not only help capture CO2, but also provide benefits for local biodiversity, landscape, flood management, water quality and recreation.

Referring to companies like Invertek Drives, Carbon Forest states: “These are companies who already avoid and reduce their emissions as far as they can and want to finish the job by capturing the remaining balance.”

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Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) was recently pleased to announce that Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for electronics, industrial and automation customers and suppliers has joined the association as a global member, along with its subsidiaries Allied Electronics & Automation (Allied), a distributor of automation and control, electronic, electrical, mechanical, and maintenance products in North America and RS Components (RS), a global distribution partner for industrial customers and suppliers involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities.

Electrocomponents will be represented on the ECIA by Chris Beeson, Senior Vice President of Electronics at RS. Peter Malpas, EMEA Regional President for RS; Sean Fredricks APAC Regional President for RS; and Ken Bradley President of Allied in the Americas will represent their respective regions.

“We recognize the importance of partnering with other industry leaders in electronics manufacturing and distribution to stay on the cutting edge of technology for the wide-ranging benefit of our customers,” said Beeson. “Membership in ECIA allows Electrocomponents, Allied and RS to have a seat at the table with other global distribution and manufacturing leaders to solve problems and advance our industry.”

“We are excited to work alongside our distributor peers and suppliers as ECIA tackles critical industry issues and global technical standards,” said Bradley. “This is an excellent opportunity to focus our collective power on customer-facing challenges we can solve together.”

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The second generation of safety light curtains, PSENopt II, provide safe access to the production process and provide finger, hand and body protection, depending on the requirement. The first Type 3 safety light curtains are specifically designed for applications up to PL d of EN/IEC 61496-1. Type 4 light curtains are also available for applications up to PL e of EN/IEC 61496-1/-2.

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