ABB at the Hannover Messe: Creating value in the digital age

Hannover, April 24, 2017 - ABB Ability™ – Industry 4.0 solutions in practical applications.
“Integrated industry – creating value” – ABB’s exhibition stand also reflects the slogan behind this year’s Hannover Messe trade fair. The company has 1,750 square meters not only to show off its new image, but also to show visitors how to dramatically increase productivity, cut maintenance costs in half and reduce energy consumption by nearly a third in today’s digital age. The exhibit will showcase ABB Ability. The portfolio comprises over 180 digital solutions that use the Industrial Internet to their advantage – digitally connected devices, systems and services.

ABB Ability – the ability to write the future
“ABB Ability enables us to span all of the industry sectors we serve with our digital portfolio, which has grown out of a unique combination of industry knowledge, technological leadership and digital expertise,” said Hans-Georg Krabbe, CEO of ABB in Germany. “ABB sets the pace of the fourth generation of the industrial revolution, creating benefits for customers and underscoring its ability to write the digital future.”

ABB Ability helps customers in the utilities, industry and the transport and infrastructure sectors develop new processes or enhance existing ones. ABB Ability helps us gain important new insights and optimize real-time operation planning and control. The results can be incorporated into control systems to improve key metrics such as system availability, speed and profitability. The portfolio builds on ABB’s pioneering services and technologies along with its over 40 years of experience as an innovation leader in industrial digitization.

ABB Ability’s range of digital solutions comprises performance management solutions for industries that depend on plants and systems, control systems for process industries, remote monitoring services for robots, motors and machines, control solutions for buildings and offshore platforms along with charging infrastructures for electric vehicles. A number of the specialized solutions concentrate on data center power management and ship fleet navigation optimization. The next generation of digital solutions and services from ABB Ability will be developed and created as part of a strategic partnership with Microsoft on the software developer’s leading cloud platform, Azure.

The new ABB brand presentation in Hall 11 will offer more than just stunning visuals – it will also address customer demands for more comprehensive information along the entire value chain. Thus, visitors will be able to see specific examples – like mechanical engineering – of how ABB helps customers benefit from the energy transition and Industry 4.0. Intelligent buildings, digital power grids, connected electromobility, virtual factories, smart production – visitors to the ABB exhibition stand will be able to experience Industry 4.0 first hand.

  • Intelligent production
    From flexible robots and drives to solutions for virtual commissioning and predictive maintenance: ABB Ability helps enterprises take quantum leaps when it comes to planning, executing and controlling manufacturing processes. Virtual commissioning tools such as RobotStudio and SaveMove2 create a virtual collaborative environment for teams, thereby enabling them to more easily identify and resolve operational problems related to automated processes prior to installation. The pocket-sized ABB Ability Smart Sensor also analyzes the status parameters of electric motors, thus reducing downtime and increasing performance considerably. And last but not least, ABB Ability Connected Services connect robots, machines and automation technology with the cloud to accelerate troubleshooting and extend the life of equipment.

  • Digital power supply
    ABB solutions make transmitting energy more intelligent, safer and efficient. Solutions range from digital devices for power transmission and transformer stations all the way to software for managing, operating and optimizing the related processes. For example, ABB Ability software helps utilities make their distribution networks more intelligent while simplifying monitoring, inspection and control. This is because shutting down power plants, supplying more renewable energy sources and changes in consumption are making power grids highly dynamic. To meet the high demands regarding flexibility while maintaining consistent supply security and power quality, networks must become even more intelligent. ABB will present its concept featuring digital switchgear that uses numerous sensors to deliver data to a substation’s control center and enable predictive maintenance, for instance. In addition, ABB will be showing the latest developments in the semi-conductor-based high-voltage direct current transmission technology behind HVDC light. It allows suppliers to transport energy across long distances and connect energy networks from different countries using what are known as interconnectors.

  • Food and Beverage
    Digitization is a key prerequisite in remaining competitive and offering customers added value in the fast-paced food and beverage industry. ABB has a wide-ranging portfolio that includes software, systems, services and digitally optimized devices. The digital ABB Ability solutions provide the right level of flexibility to quickly adapt to consumer demands and affordably control shorter and more complex production cycles. Digital security systems protect employees in plants while fully automated tracking and tracing systems ensure that complicated requirements are complied with. Moreover, ABB’s digital solutions let manufacturers handle their water and energy management more efficiently than ever. This helps them reduce operating costs while simultaneously investing in sustainability.

  • Process control and automation
    A key characteristic of the fourth industrial revolution is the trend towards digitized planning, control and execution of industrial processes and projects. With its broad spectrum of services and technologies ABB helps enterprises from a variety of sectors ensure their plants are fit for the future. Control systems like the ABB Ability System 800xA enable centralized control paired with the fully integrated automation of a variety of industrial processes. ABB Ability solutions, including the Field Information Manager and Intelligent Projects, enable operators to configure devices more quickly even while reducing OPEX and CAPEX costs. The Collaborative Operations from ABB Ability build on the Internet of Things and help customers continuously monitor and optimize their processes.

  • Sustainable mobility
    The commensurate technologies and ABB’s comprehensive digital portfolio make the widespread electrification of road, rail and waterway traffic possible. A variety of infrastructure and drive solutions are available for personal vehicles, public buses, trams, trains and ships. Key ABB solutions for expanding electromobility include a high-performance charging device that can charge an electric vehicle in just twelve minutes and enable it to travel a distance of over 300 kilometers after a single charge. The portfolio also includes modular solutions for electrically powered buses that enable the seamless operation of sustainable transport systems by charging electric bus batteries in just 15 seconds while passengers get on and off the bus at bus stops. ABB also offers ground-breaking solutions for trams and trains along with e-mobility solutions for marine applications that reduce emissions in ports by 98 percent. Global Connected Services in the respective areas provide monitoring, remote control, predictive maintenance and certified service capacities – anytime and anywhere in the world.

  • Work at ABB
    ABB is an international technology leader and unites experts and innovators in a single, global network. The company has a variety of programs that foster new talent and help their teams during a digital revolution. For example, the trainee program offers candidates an opportunity to become a part of ABB. Talent Relationship Management is geared toward the pioneers of the next generation. And the Digital Work Tool lets teams master the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by our future digital working environment by taking a playful yet exhaustive approach.
Value Creation Made in Poland
ABB’s automation strategy is shaped by efforts to take advantage of all that digitization has to offer and create added value for customers. ABB in Poland, this year’s partner country at the Hannover Messe, makes an important contribution here. For example, one of the company’s seven global research centers is located in Krakow, where researchers from eight nations and a variety of disciplines work in 26 labs to implement concepts that facilitate the digitization of industry and enable value creation. They worked together with scientists from other ABB research centers to develop the Smart Sensor for remote monitoring of low-voltage motors to market maturity.

In Poland, the ABB Group employs about 4,600 people, operates sixteen factories and generated revenues of 837 million USD in 2016. Poland is an important growth market for ABB and a location that provides centralized services. Over the course of the past seven years, the company has invested over 45 million euros (198.5 million zlotys) in modernization and new plant construction. The Polish foreign subsidiary plays a key sales and marketing, manufacturing, R&D and software development role for the entire group.

About ABB Germany
In 2016, ABB in Germany generated revenues of EUR 3.28 billion and employed about 10,540 persons. ABB is the world leader in power and automation technologies. The company enables utility, industry and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 132,000 people worldwide.




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