ABB combines power and automation events

Noting increased customer interest in the integration of electricity- and automation-focused technologies to achieve efficiency and optimization goals, ABB combines its two annual events and announces a number of new, cross-industry products.

03/25/2009


Orlando, FL – Kicking off ABB’s annual user meeting in North America, Mark Taft, ABB’s group vice president for process automation and global control systems, reminded everyone in attendance that, despite the predominating economic conditions, “tomorrow has not been cancelled” andthat now is the time to start actively preparing for the future that will surely come. Also read:

ABB conference highlights economics, services, and R&D

.
This year’s meeting marked the first time ABB has combined its previously separate Automation World and Power World events—an occurrence underscored by the company’s increasing focus on bringing together its power and automation technologies for its customers’ benefit.
Peter Terwiesch, ABB’s chief technology officer, said that more companies are looking to integrate automation and electrical systems to increase productivity, decrease downtime, and take advantage of improved utility costs. He noted that ABB has helped Petrobras (a major Brazilian oil producer) do this and is working with other oil & gas and power generation customers to do the same.
Product-related announcements made at the event include:

  • A preview of ABB’s Wireless HART adapter. This device can be used to connect to existing HART transmitters wired to existing DCSs or PLCs that can only read the

    <table ID = 'id5165536-10-table' CELLSPACING = '1' CELLPADDING = '1' CLASS = 'right' WIDTH = '200' BORDER = '1'><tbody ID = 'id5165548-10-tbody'><tr ID = 'id5165550-10-tr'><td ID = 'id5165553-10-td'>
    </td></tr><tr ID = 'id5165573-13-tr'><td ID = 'id5165575-13-td'> ABB’s Wireless HART adapter: Read an ABB PDF to learn more .
    </td></tr></tbody></table>

    4-20 mA signal. The benefit to end users is that, by adding the WirelessHART adapter to an existing wired device, they can use the HART functionality to configure and continuously monitor existing devices from a remote PC. In addition, the adapter is powered from the existing device’s 4-20 mA signal.

  • IndustrialIT cpmPlus Loop Performance Manager, part of ABB’s Collaborative Production Management suite. The Loop Performance Manager (LPM) software package is said to monitor the performance of control loops and determine the best operating parameters for them. The new software combines three tools in one package: Loop Auditing, which detects underperforming control loops; Loop Tuning, to improve the tuning of the loops; and Plantwide Disturbance Analysis, which looks for oscillation patterns in the plant and then finds the root cause (such as a loop that has an improper tuning or a loop with actuator problems). ABB says LPM works with virtually any PID type, either from ABB or other vendors, works with on-line or off-line data, and can use either open- or closed-loop data. LPM can be configured to provide continuous 24/7 auditing of systems, to ensure that loops continue to provide a high level of performance over time.

  • To work around arc flash hazards while extracting localized data from operating circuit breakers, ABB has released two new Bluetooth wireless communication modules. These modules are said to allow for circuit breaker data extraction without having to install a test cord or interface with the trip unit directly. The company claims that, even when the trip unit cover is sealed, authorized technicians can use these wireless modules to remotely gather the information they need and make any adjustments required.

For information on new ABB products specific to the process industries,

click here

.
For insight into ABB’s future focus from new CEO Joseph Hogan and to learn more about the company’s stimulus package core team and full service maintenance arrangements,

click here

.

David Greenfield , editorial director

Control Engineering News Desk

Register here .





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.