ABB seeks path for improving process industries with leading automation technologies

Company exchanges ideas with customers on industrial process automation and showcases its leading automation products and solutions

Shanghai, Dec. 10, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, shared insights about the future of automation for process industries and introduced its innovative and reliable automation products and solutions at the NAMUR Conference in China. NAMUR is a leading international association of automation technology users. About 200 representatives from member companies and automation suppliers were invited to the annual symposium, which this year was sponsored by ABB.

At the meeting, ABB experts talked about how global process industries are rapidly changing into larger, more complex units with needs that include longer-lived control systems, combined production cells, and automation systems and products that can help them deal with intense international competition for production sites.

“These changes are creating big challenges for the future of process industries,” said Peter Todorov, head of ABB Account Management and Industry Sector Initiatives, North Asia and China. “Process enterprises and automation providers are confronted with similar concerns and the NAMUR conference provides an excellent forum for information exchange between experts from process industries and process automation suppliers.”

These common concerns include how to display complex processes in a simple and intuitive manner, how to ensure high quality control at fast speeds, how to support the life cycle of a plant’s systems and equipment and eliminate system-related shutdowns, and how to fulfill environmental and regulatory requirements to meet sustainability objectives.

ABB has a broad portfolio of automation products and innovative solutions, as well as rich engineering and project experience to help customers meet the challenges facing process industries. ABB solutions that optimize the entire energy chain can help customers reduce energy costs by 20 percent. ABB can improve the output of a typical chemical plant by over 20 percent, and reduce the operator stations by 40 percent with System 800xA and Advanced Process Control (APC) technologies.

At the conference, ABB experts demonstrated innovative concepts that provide measurable savings. For example, replacing control valves with drives in certain process fields can reduce energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent.

Mr. Todorov added, “ABB actively participates in international technical organizations and user associations such as NAMUR so that we can connect with the needs of our customers and have a direct impact on the improvement of their business. For example, by adopting NAMUR AK 2.9 recommendations, ABB greatly simplified a previously complicated human-machine interface, resulting in clear and concise process visualization for operators.”

NAMUR is active in instrumentation systems, process analysis, control systems, communication systems, and electrical engineering. The association adds value to member companies by pooling the competencies of process automation users at the installation and operational levels to find cost-efficiencies, improved availability, and safe, sustainable processes.

As the sole sponsor of the conference, ABB showcased its top-rated control system engineering as well as solutions for improving operator effectiveness, energy efficiency, and life cycle services, which attracted the attention of experts from user companies including BASF, Bayer, and EVONIK. In addition, visitors could find a range of ABB measurement meters and sensors and four technical workshops in the 200-sq. meter exhibition space.

For many years, ABB has participated in establishing industrial standards by its participation in industry organizations like NAMUR. These standards help to lower costs for industry sectors and individual companies by reducing downtime and improving factory management by facilitating data exchange between various systems. They also help to lower production costs with efficiencies that reduce the number and variety of spare parts in stock.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,300 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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