ABB to finance an international research project conducted by the University of Bergamo

Project selected by ABB among over 500 candidates.
Bergamo, March 28, 2013 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that the first meeting of the “Engineering and assessing condition-based maintenance product-service solutions” research project was held today at the Engineering Campus of the University of Bergamo (Unibg).

The project is part of an ongoing partnership between ABB and CELS (Research Group on Industrial Engineering, Logistics and Service Operations, coordinated by Prof. Sergio Cavalieri), centered on the theme of Engineering and Management of Plant Life Cycle Services, such as predictive maintenance, remote support, and spare part logistics services.

Financed by ABB, the project has been selected, along with 40 others (including two more from Italy, besides this one, submitted by the University of Brescia and the Politecnico di Milano, respectively), among more than 500 research project entries submitted by over 250 international Research Centers and Universities of 46 Countries, in response to a call for competition among highly innovative initiatives launched globally by ABB’s Corporate Research unit.

Specifically, the project envisages the use of innovative design and simulation methodologies for assessing performance in the delivery of plant life cycle management services. These methodologies will be applied to pilot study cases provided by ABB Italia.

The first trials are already in progress at ABB’s Dalmine and Bergamo locations, with the support of postgraduate Management and Mechanical Engineering students.
The partnership will last several years and will have extensive international breadth, given the subject’s innovative nature and strategic importance both at academic and industrial level.

“These characteristics allowed the CELS research group to promote, already since 2010, a European project involving several European research centers as well as some of the most prestigious Universities in Japan, United States, Australia and Brazil. Project activities will be carried out at our Service Engineering Lab, coordinated by Engineer Giuditta Pezzotta, where our researchers, in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan University, are currently setting up a platform for the design and development of innovative solutions for the delivery of services both to the industrial world and, in the future, to the tertiary sector, such as the services provided by tourist operators,” said Prof. Paolo Gaiardelli, responsible for service management and engineering research activities within CELS.

“Investing in service-related research and development that will benefit all its product portfolio is one of the initiatives adopted by ABB to increase and improve its future offering in this area. By leveraging our top positioning in innovation within our markets, we intend to use the latest technologies in order to ensure our service activities. As part of our current partnerships with important Universities, we are pleased to see that the University of Bergamo has already started research activities in this area, and for this reason we are happy to cooperate with this important academic institution in such an interesting field,” said ABB’s Global Service R&D Director Christopher Ganz.

Besides Ganz and the CELS group researchers, the kick-off meeting was attended by Luciano Tacconi, Global Head of Service of the Low Voltage Products Division (LP); Francesco Piccioni, Service Manager of ABB Italia’ Discrete Automation Division (DM), and Zied Ouertani, ABB Corporate Researcher.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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