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ABB launches digital services portfolio

ABB has launched ABB Ability, a portfolio of digital systems and services across all industry verticals that will aim to combine ABB’s existing expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies to optimise planning and control for real-time operations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The digital offerings provided by ABB Ability will include performance management solutions for asset-intensive industries, as well as remote monitoring services for machinery. Specialised offerings will be available in specific sectors, such as navigation optimisation for maritime shipping fleets.

“As a pioneering technology leader in digital solutions, with an installed base of more than 70 million connected devices and 70,000 control systems, ABB is uniquely positioned to support its customers’ digital transformation,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

“With ABB Ability, we are combining ABB’s entire portfolio of digital solutions and services. We are creating additional customer value by bringing together ABB’s domain expertise, advanced connectivity and the latest digital technologies. With this, our customers can achieve unprecedented improvements in operational performance and productivity.”

The digital services are being developed and built on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, based on a strategic partnership with the software company.

“Building our solutions on the Azure platform means we can take advantage of all of its capabilities and add value with our domain-specific offering,” said ABB chief digital officer Guido Jouret.

“In effect, we are turning ABB’s decades of industrial domain expertise into software offerings that our customers can access through the world’s largest and most advanced digital platform.”

“From being a hidden digital champion, we are becoming the partner of choice for customers embarking on a digital transformation. They can now know more, do more, do better, together. We can help them assess, automate, optimise and collaborate.”

Among the first ABB Ability solutions to be launched on Azure is ABB’s next-generation asset performance management solution, Asset Health Center 3.0, which uses predictive and prescriptive analytics and customised models to identify and prioritise emerging maintenance needs based on probability of failure and asset criticality.

Also included in the portfolio is the ABB Ability Smart Sensor, connecting low-voltage electric motors to the Industrial Internet, allowing them to be monitored continuously. The system can be easily affixed to a motor to transmit data on vibration, temperature, loads and power consumption to the Cloud. Alerts are generated as soon as any of the parameters deviates from the norm, allowing the operator to take preventive action before the motor malfunctions.{/mprestriction}

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