ABB launches Collaborative Operations for the power generation and water industries

2018-02-21 - ABB expands its global network of industry experts, digital technologies and knowledge base

Today, ABB launches ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations for Power Generation & Water. Driven from a new ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center in Genoa, Italy, the new operating model enables leading power generation and water companies to improve operations and maintenance using digital technologies to collaborate with dedicated, co-located operations experts. The Collaborative Operations Center delivers information insights that can increase customers’ profitability and productivity through better asset performance, higher safety and security, reduced risk and lower costs.

The push toward digitalization has increased the amount of data available to customers. ABB Ability Collaborative Operations uses this data to provide more value to customers through information analytics, making this data more useful for driving decisions that optimize plant and fleet performance. Collaborative Operations is proven to provide:
– 20% extension of machine life by using immediate data analysis to better manage assets, pro-cesses and risks
– 50% reduction in maintenance costs by using predictive rather than preventive and reactive maintenance practices
– deeper visibility into equipment, plant and fleet performance, enabling customers to better understand performance capability and operating boundaries.

“ABB Ability Collaborative Operations will help us bring the benefits of digitalization to our customers in power generation and water by giving them information insights that lead to better business decisions,” said Kevin Kosisko, managing director of ABB’s power generation and water business. “We are driven to help our customers benefit from emerging digital technologies so they can respond to the changing energy market and contribute to a sustainable future.”

Collaborative Operations employs ABB technologies, software and services to automatically gather and analyze information on assets, processes and risks. Through these analytics, performance improvement areas are automatically identified, categorized and prioritized so that customers at operating sites, working with ABB experts in Collaborative Operations Centers, can take actions to ensure that each plant is operating within regulatory, load, environmental and cyber security requirements. Collaboration is scalable to customer needs, capable of being applied at a device or process level, up to plant and enterprise-wide operations.
ABB Ability™ is a unified, cross-industry digital platform — extending from device to edge to cloud — with systems, solutions and services that enable customers to know more, do more, do better, together. More information on Collaborative Operations and its applications can be found on ABB’s web-site here.

ABB Power Generation & Water is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions, with unparalleled experience in partnering with the energy and water industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. ABB delivers integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of conventional and renewable power plants and water facilities.

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 a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished prod-ucts. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.