Presented at a gala dinner on March 23, the Supplier of the Year Award recognises ABB’s consistently high level of technical innovation and developments, environmental awareness, customer service and satisfaction, market penetration and growth.
Richard Gee of ABB collected the award on behalf of the company: “Winning this important award for the fifth time is recognition that ABB is always prepared to deliver innovation and value to its customers. With our focus on offering best practice and leading edge ideas, ABB continues to push the boundaries of technological achievement. Most recently we are placing particular emphasis on helping our customers to benefit from the multitude of opportunities offered by Industry 4.0.”
As well as winning Supplier of the Year, ABB was also a finalist in the Technical Innovation of the Year – Products category with its ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for low voltage motors. This wireless, pocket sized sensor is attached to the frame of any low voltage motor and collects data on parameters such as vibration, sound and temperature. Condition and performance data can be analysed to reduce downtime by as much as 70 percent, extend motor life by up to 30 percent and increase efficiency by around 10 percent.
ABB prides itself on developing technologies that keep pump systems operating at, or near to, the best efficiency point. In addition to ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for motors, recent technologies include the synchronous reluctance motor (SynRM) and drive package, a variable speed drive designed specifically for pumps (ACQ580) and a WIMES-compliant motor range. Supporting the technology are innovative services such as the trio of assessments that track energy, productivity and reliability improvements. The most recent, reliability assessment, gives pump users immediate insight into ways of reducing the maintenance costs associated with pump systems, including advice on how to sweat their existing assets, without incurring unnecessary capital expenditure.
As well as supplying motor and variable speed drive solutions directly to pump end-users, in industries ranging from leisure centres to food and beverage manufacturers, ABB also helps leading pump manufacturers with integration and R&D. It provides companies such as Grundfos, Sulzer, KSB and ITT with solutions that help deliver energy efficient, innovative and competitive products for a demanding market.