Drives and Control Solutions

Motors, Control Solutions, Power Transmission and Advanced Motion Technology                                                                 

In both the Process and Discrete industries, unplanned downtime is a serious issue for many companies and not limited to company size or Industry. Downtime can lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue, wasted product and stand still of production lines. Many companies use a reactive approach rather than a proactive solution to dealing with the unscheduled downtime.

 

 

 

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In a new whitepaper published recently, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives.

 

 

 

When it comes to the possibility of someone accidentally restarting a piece of equipment that another employee is working on, the only device that is protecting the employee is their lockout lock.

 

 

 

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Hawboldt Industries has installed an ABB winch drive with unique inbuilt active heave compensation (AHC) software at the heart of a new winch and offshore crane for the Research Vessel Kilo Moana.

 

 

 

Speed and service are key to exceeding customer expectations, requiring more integrated practices, accessible intelligence and automated operations than ever before.

 

 

 

In the absence of a predictive maintenance strategy, manufacturers must take care of their equipment with regularly scheduled preventive maintenance. According to Plant Engineering, manufacturers spend an average of 19 hours per week maintaining their equipment.

 

 

 

ABB has recently been awarded a major turnkey contract by Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, to design, manufacture and install two high-inertia synchronous condenser systems for the Lister Drive Greener Grid project at Liverpool in Northwest England.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Some ten billion bearings are manufactured each year and, given the harsh conditions to which they are often subjected, they are incredibly reliable. Indeed, approximately 90% of these bearings outlive the equipment to which they are fitted.

 

 

 

Sulzer has used a fiber-optic sensing system from SKF to verify the design of a new centrifugal process pump. The sensing system measures loads directly in the bearing, which gives a deeper insight into a pump’s actual operating conditions.

 

 

 


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The variable frequency drive (VFD) cable business has become a very large market for cable manufactures in the last 20 years. In the past, standard AC motors had the complexity of a squirrel cage motor – just get power and it would run. The first silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) was developed by Bell Labs/GE in 1958 to vary the speed of DC electric motors used in various applications. Since then there have been motor speed control technology evolving from large-scale integration (LSI), gate turn-off thyristor (GTO), pulse-width modulation (PWM), insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), and space vector pulse-width modulation (SVPWM). These new forms of power conversion to support speed control in VFD motors has caused the demand on the cables to change as well, which has led to many new cable options.


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As the mining business adapts to changing technological trends in the market, Epiroc’s Canadian operations have introduced Regional Application Center (RAC) teams to assist in this new digital transformation.

Team of experts that supports digital transformation

Across the board, mining projects are continually pushing for increased production while prioritizing safety. With this in mind, Epiroc has assembled specialized automation and digitalization support systems in strategic locations across the globe to help improve customer processes and boost productivity. The result is a heightened level of production that keeps workers out of danger zones on site while providing enhanced strategic direction for customers. Interoperability improvements have reduced variability and allow project planners to move towards their targets with renewed confidence. 

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During Hannover Messe 2020, ABB had extended the scope of applications for ABB Smart Sensors with a new generation design for motors in hazardous areas. Chemical and oil and gas customers can now benefit from cost-efficient condition monitoring in a wide variety of applications.

The high-performance wireless smart sensor monitors key parameters to provide detailed insights into the performance and health of assets such as motors and pumps. Equipment installed in difficult or dangerous to access locations can be safely monitored from a distance. Combining connectivity and data analytics means operators can plan their maintenance activities in advance, reduce downtime and extend equipment lifetime.

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