News | April 20, 2011

ABB's Asset Optimization Enables True Predictive And Proactive Maintenance

Orlando, FL - ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, recently introduced a new Asset Optimization software package for high voltage circuit breakers.

With Asset Optimization, information from many types of breakers – including DTB, LTB, GCB & GIS – is quickly collected, aggregated, analyzed and compared to historical data to provide advanced notice of degrading performance and impending failure of breakers. Comprehensive workflow processes extend from condition monitoring in the circuit breaker to Enterprise Asset Management applications such as Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS.)

“ABB has designed Asset Optimization software to significantly increase process uptime while reducing maintenance costs through early detection of asset performance problems and optimized remediation work processes,” said Jeff Barker, ABB global business development manager for high voltage circuit breaker monitoring. “This system feature exploits high voltage circuit breaker information to assess and report equipment conditions in real-time to reduce what our customers have told us is costly corrective and preventive maintenance by optimizing maintenance work flows.”

This condition-based monitoring solution also helps prioritize managing a fleet assessment of SF6 breakers to determine corrective actions, thus vastly simplifying the accounting of a breaker’s SF6 usage.

Asset Optimization System maintenance management features make information within the CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) transparently accessible to maintenance personnel. Seamless, context-sensitive interaction is provided through standard CMMS displays, such as active work orders, work order, history, preventive maintenance schedules, and available spare parts.

Asset optimization’s unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, which enables single-point change management and configuration; this eliminates the risk of inconsistencies between multiple databases and the need to duplicate engineering effort.

Asset Optimization’s asset monitors use real-time information as inputs to detect health and performance conditions before failure occurs, assist in the diagnosis of the problem, and offer correction recommendations. These vary in complexity from simply identifying status changes in an intelligent device to identifying abnormal conditions using advanced monitoring applications.

This announcement was made at the ABB Automation & Power World 2011 conference, ABB’s annual premier customer event held this year in Orlando.

About ABB
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 16,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.

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