ABB launches tailored Industrial Internet-ready solutions for drive system modernization and enhanced energy efficiency

Nuremberg, Germany, November 22, 2016 - A large amount of the world’s installed drives are obsolescent. While industrial operators recognize the need to upgrade, they at the same time seek to minimize plant downtime. ABB has the answer with new drives service solutions focused on improving business continuity, productivity and environmental efficiency, while facilitating connection to the Industrial Internet of Things.
ABB is launching its new Tailored Solutions and Services for drive systems at SPS IPC 2016. The new package is designed to help drive system operators across all industries to benefit from enhanced business continuity, increased productivity and environmental-efficiency while ensuring legal compliance. Services cover retrofit, upgrade and replacement, engineering customization and energy optimization. Most importantly the package offers future-proofing with Internet capabilities for all types of ABB or non-ABB drive systems.

“Our experience shows that many drive systems in use today are obsolete, but operators are reluctant to modernize them for fear of losing production over an extended period,” said David Bates, Head of Engineering Services, ABB Drives and Controls. “Our new offering is specifically designed to address this challenge through fully customized service solutions that minimize downtime and maximize performance. In many cases, our upgrade and retrofit services require only half the downtime of traditional approaches, while reducing risk.”

Customized services for all customer needs

ABB’s new service offering provides full project management and customization solutions to meet specific needs, whether in entirely new applications or in managing the obsolescence risk of existing equipment. It covers every kind of drive system, whether medium- or low-voltage, air-cooled or liquid-cooled, DC, LCI (Load Commutated Inverter) or AC multi-drive, from both ABB and other drive manufacturers.

ABB engineers can deliver expert energy, productivity and whole lifecycle assessments, and then develop a plan to reduce energy consumption, improve productivity and enhance asset efficiency while paying close attention to safety, operational costs and environmental impact. The new package includes application-specific engineering solutions, for example for winches, cranes, pumps, fans and test rigs.

The FAST retrofit solution is just one example of ABB’s new tailored services that contribute to reduced downtime during drive modernization. It is one of the variants of the retrofit service and incorporates standardized components which are frame-mounted and tested prior to installation to offer a ‘plug-and-play’ solution.

Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

ABB’s drive modernization services are designed to help operators to bring their drives up to the latest technological level. This also provides operators with access to innovation in other areas, such as predictive remote condition monitoring enabled by Industrial Internet of Things solutions.

“ABB is known for providing great support for our own equipment,” added David Bates. “What is less well known is that we can also help with non-ABB drive systems. We are now offering operators in any high-demand, high-process industry greater choice and improved support to help them address their most challenging business objectives.”

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. For more than four decades, ABB is writing the future of industrial digitalization. With more than 70 million devices connected through its installed base of more than 70,000 control systems across all customer segments, ABB is ideally positioned to benefit from the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a heritage of more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com


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ABB’s new Tailored Solutions and Services package for drive systems offers future-proofing with Internet capabilities for all types of ABB or non-ABB drive systems.


“In many cases, our upgrade and retrofit services require only half the downtime of traditional approaches, while reducing risk,” said David Bates, Head of Engineering Services, ABB Drives and Controls.

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  • David Bates
  • ABB Drives and Controls
    Head of Engineering Services
    Tel: +44 1530 277930

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