ABB aims to digitize everything related to electrical infrastructure, to collect and ensure data management that leads to energy efficiency; the new ABB Ability concept can help streamline and control the processes in industrial production, said Ciprian Pop, Area Sales Manager, ABB, during the conference “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – Oradea”, organized by Energynomics.
“ABB’s answer to digitalization and energy efficiency is ABB Ability, a product built by ABB that you will hear about very often in the coming years because it will take over many functions that we do manually today. Why energy efficiency? The trilemma from which this concept started focuses on security and safety, sustainability and accessibility. We want to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint, in safe and secure conditions and at a low cost”, he said. ABB Ability focuses on a four-step implementation process – evaluation and scope, monitoring and auditing, optimization and comparison, adjustment and forecasting.
“We must first establish the purpose for which we need ABB Ability. We identify the area, the production line where we want to reduce energy consumption. We come up with a monitoring and an audit that this software performs, then an optimization follows, and the next step is the comparison, adjustment and forecast that we can generate”, he said.
Thus, the distribution and electricity infrastructure of the respective unit is checked, be it a manufacturing company or an office building, after which all the electrical infrastructure is moved to the digital environment.
“ABB aims to bring into the digital world all that is power infrastructure – motors, converters, robots, switchboards, everything that is electrical infrastructure in a factory – to have the input data. With the software hosted by the ABB cloud we can generate a better analysis, we can see where we have problems with energy consumption and we can make a plan”, he said.
Following the monitoring and audit performed by the program based on sensors from any type of factory, including the old ones, from non-ABB products, energy data is collected and the digital map of the factory is made.
“We can also see the CO2 emissions. Then the optimization begins. How far can we go with this software? We can see, for example, how many people are necessary for a production flow, or how many it takes to change an engine. The program helps predictive maintenance, sees potential network faults in advance. Based on all this information, coherent decisions can be made. The software also comes with solutions – it can go so far as to place orders directly with suppliers”, he added, presenting some case studies.
The conference “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – Oradea”, was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners ABB Romania, Enel X Romania, Phoenix Contact, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe, Wiren.