Making better business decisions thanks to digital integration
Users of connected devices gain valuable process insights and create transparency that help to make better business decisions. “Simply put, by collecting, analyzing, visualizing and managing the data which already exist in the system, customers can optimize their processes to extract greater profits from this valuable flow of new information”, says Morten Wierod, Managing Director of ABB’s Drives and Controls business unit.
The combined power of Automation Builder and ABB zenon
The integration of ABB zenon Editor with Automation Builder, the AC500 PLC and ABB’s drives and robots portfolio allows the synchronization of hardware information and signal data for efficient data access. There is no need for data to be entered twice ensuring high consistency of information and increased engineering productivity. This saves time and reduces risks, resulting in reduced plant downtime and cost savings.
Achieving these positive results has become much easier thanks to the addition of Automation Builder 2.0 and ABB zenon. These tools, used either individually or in combination, help to reduce the complexity involved in integrating a wide range of connected devices. This speeds the development work to automate these devices while ensuring full compatibility.
Virtual commissioning to simulate complex applications
With the Automation Builder 2.0 software suite, machine builders and system integrators can carry out virtual commissioning that allows them to simulate and automate all kinds of applications with minimum effort. This enables seamless testing of the complete system at an early stage, even when all the necessary hardware is not yet ready. Even complex systems can be built up quickly and efficiently, ensuring smooth interaction of all the components, as well as high reliability and system safety.
ABB zenon extends communications, connectivity and control
To achieve advanced connectivity, the ABB zenon software has been added to ABB’s automation platform for discrete industries. The advantage of the zenon software is that it provides high quality documentation for easy traceability and high transparency of production processes such as in the food and beverage industry, as well as native connectivity to over 300 communication protocols. In addition, it integrates an energy data management system and comprehensive security features.
Advantage through knowledge
With the range of connected devices growing exponentially, enormous amounts of data and information are constantly being generated. “Intelligent capture and exchange of this data is nowadays essential to implement new business models and stay competitive in business,” Morten Wierod concludes.
ABB is driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution
For over 4 decades ABB has been working on process control systems, communications solutions, sensors and software. These digital technologies enable our customers in industries, utilities and infrastructure to analyze data more intelligently, optimize their operations and, boost their productivity and flexibility. We are advancing our digital offering as ABB AbilityTM, helping our customers develop their existing technologies, while keeping sight of our enduring commitment to safety, reliability, cyber security and data privacy leveraging the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The product mentioned in this news release extends the offering of ABB in this area.
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. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com
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ABB zenon provides high quality documentation of production processes and integrates an energy data management system for better business insights.
Automation Builder 2.0 offers virtual commissioning to simulate complex applications with minimum effort.