Safety for discrete industries: safety is critical to discrete industries such as the food and beverage and logistics sectors. A malfunction or mechanical problems in an application may create a serious safety hazard for the machine and for plant employees. With ABB solution production managers and operators can identify malfunctions via the monitoring portal, remotely, to support safe operations.
Reliability for process industries: process industries, such as mining, oil and gas, metals and pulp and paper need to ensure 24/7 reliability of their operations. A process failure in any of these industries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in unplanned downtime. Global mining company, Glencore, has been using the ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain to have a broader view of equipment monitoring:
“We use the condition monitoring service for powertrains in the seawater pumps system, that distributes cooling water in our factory. It is a critical part of the process, and we already have a monitoring solution for the pumps and motors connected to the control system but not remote monitoring for drives,” says Sigurd Bjerland, Maintenance Electrical Engineer at Glencore Nikkelverk. “The integration of ABB Ability™ gives us the possibility to collect more information on the cooling status of the drives and compare data coming from the two monitoring solutions. It is beneficial to be able to see the condition of our equipment online.”
Efficiency for infrastructure: ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain condition monitoring solutions are successfully used in cooling, heating, water and other building applications. The Swedish water utility company Uppsala Vatten och Avfall uses condition monitoring so that its plant operators receive reports on real-time indicators like reliability, usage patterns, power consumption and stress levels. These are updated and accessible at any time. ABB specialists can analyze the equipment, for example to understand the impact of the environment on specific components.
The key element in advanced analytics and maintenance planning for motors, pumps and mounted bearings is ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor, converting powertrain elements into smart, wirelessly connected IoT-devices.