Life cycle announcement for GA Products - Oct 31, 2016


Dear Sir/Madam,

This letter is a notification of products that are subject to a phase-out. This is in accordance with ABB’s Product Life Cycle (PLC) policy.

The following group of products will change their life cycle state as per the PLC:

  • Relion® REB500 version 7.0
  • Relion® REB500 version 7.2
  • Relion® 670 series version 1.1
This letter also serves as the 'Last time buy notification’ for the Protection IED’s entering the Classic phase. For more details, please refer to the product life cycle specific table.

From Active to Classic
The distributed busbar protection Relion® REB500 version listed in the overview table below will be transferred from Active to Classic life cycle phase from January 1, 2017.

Product PLC Change Effective from Evolution solution
Relion® REB500 ver. 7.0 Active → Classic January 1, 2017 Relion® REB500 ver. 7.6/8.2
Relion® REB500 ver. 7.2 Active → Classic January 1, 2017 Relion® REB500 ver. 7.6/8.2
Table 1: Product version transfer to Classic

From Classic to Limited
Following the life cycle announcement 1MRG022178, December 14, 2015, the Relion® 670 series version 1.1 will be transferred from Classic to Limited life cycle phase from July 1, 2017. The last time buy for Relion® 670 series version 1.1 is until June 30, 2017.

Product PLC Change Effective from Evolution solution
Relion® 670 series ver. 1.1 Classic → Limited July 1, 2017 Relion® 670 series ver. 2.1/2.2
Table 2: Product version transfer to Limited

ABB Commitment
Through the extensive product life cycle policy ABB has a long-standing commitment to protect its customers’ investments in ABB products and technologies for protection, control, monitoring and supervision of power systems.

A product entering the Classic phase on the ABB’s product life cycle means that the product is only available for extensions of existing systems. Consequently during this phase, the price of the product can increase due to the smaller volume and rising component price from sub-suppliers. Additionally, delivery times for the products may be longer as production quantities get smaller.

The Limited phase means that the regular manufacturing of the product ceases on the date the product enters Legacy phase. During the Limited phase the product support continues and ABB supports the installed bases with spare parts and repair for as long as components remain available. The Limited phase is due to expire ten (10) years after the announcement of the transfer to the Classic phase.

In the Obsolete product life cycle phase ABB can no longer guarantee complete support for the product. However, ABB provides spare parts depending on the available inventory. Also repair services are provided depending on the component availability.

Product support for Protection and control IEDs

Sales support: Your Area Sales Manager or

Technical support:

Product information:

Tendering & ordering:

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation. We hope that this information helps you initiate evolution planning of the installed systems/products. Please feel free to contact us in case you need more information about this phase-out notice.

Yours Sincerely,

Lars Frisk
Global Lead Product Manager
Bay Level Products
Grid Automation Products
Christian Pinzon
Global Product Manager
Busbar Protection
Grid Automation Products

Joseph Menezes
Global Product Manager
Relion® 670 series
Grid Automation Products