Drives and Control Solutions

Motors, Control Solutions, Power Transmission and Advanced Motion Technology                                                                 

February 4, 2021

Traditionally, many industrial companies have relied on their service providers to help keep their operations running profitably, safely, and reliably.  The need for this relationship remains, but the challenge is how to perform service and maintenance duties amid current and future lockdowns, travel restrictions, and social distancing.

The move to digital    

Maintaining service levels for customers during these highly unusual working conditions has prompted service providers to adapt their approach. No longer able to perform standard maintenance operations in person, companies have had to look for innovative digital solutions with the ability to monitor critical equipment from a distance.

One approach that quickly found favour is remote services, such as installing, commissioning, and maintaining equipment without having any engineers on site. Using digital technology to allow service experts to connect with customers remotely offers considerable benefits in terms of reducing health and safety risks. Because travel is reduced, remote services also allow for a faster response. For all these reasons, customers seem more willing to embrace this new way of working.

A catalyst for data sharing

The global disruption brought about by the coronavirus has become a catalyst not only for digital innovation but collaboration too. As connectivity is the key enabler for remote services, it requires a significant change in terms of customers making their data more accessible to their service partners.

In the past, industries such as oil and gas have rightly been wary about cybersecurity and protecting data privacy. However, in the new normal there’s a growing realization that some level of data has to be shared with trusted partners to gain the full advantages of digitalization, especially preventative maintenance.

Some customers are eager to make their operations even more robust and reliable, to prepare for the digital ‘new normal’ and be able to meet any similar crisis in future. This is another factor driving the move from the traditional service business to remote services.

Long-term trends

Another major change will involve the business model for services. The traditional model where the service provider is paid for its material and work provided on-site, will change to an outcome-based business model driven by new digital solutions.

The focus will shift from how quickly we can get people on-site and how long it takes to find a solution to one of avoiding risk. Furthermore, customers will also demand that their service providers deliver guaranteed levels of reliability, availability and productivity. The economic benefit of this new approach is that OEMs like ABB already have the in-depth knowledge and expertise to optimize their products’ lifecycle and performance. Therefore, they will shoulder the responsibility for keeping plant running smoothly, rather than the asset owner, as is the case currently.

Customers will always be at the heart of a service business, but the nature of service may change. Insurance companies and investment funds could participate within a new service ecosystem. For example, a highly energy efficient motion solution might be installed and financed by a pension fund, operated by an industrial group, and a service provider ensures that it meets its performance and reliability targets.

As every device becomes part of a connected world, the trend in connectivity is bound to continue. This can support better decision making that provides a firm basis to achieve improved results. Interestingly, some of the remote predictive monitoring services we are deploying now were technically feasible 25 years ago, but they were expensive and hard to implement. With the advent of cheaper yet more sensitive wireless sensors, cloud connectivity and AI (artificial intelligence) those barriers no longer exist.

Plug and play experience, which the consumer world pioneered, will accelerate the digital transformation of the service industry. The growth in digital technology will also generate even more developments in virtual collaboration, such as augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR), that enables service engineers to have effective telepresence.

In the longer term, energy efficiency will also be an immense opportunity. By monitoring a customer’s equipment remotely, we can see where it is performing well or where it’s inefficient. For example, electric motors might be uprated to the highest efficiency levels, such as IE5.  Ineffective methods of speed control, such as throttling, might be modernized with variable speed drives (VSDs) that can typically boost energy efficiency by 30 to 50 percent.

Longer-term effects of COVID-19 on R&D

To ensure the industrial operations of our customers continue running profitably and reliably during these uncertain times and beyond, ABB will continue to make significant investments in the further development of our digital offering. Solutions to secure better performance and energy savings for customers will be key.

Together with our partners we will also expand to support customers through connected operations, as the remote monitoring of critical installations will prevent potential costly failures.

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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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