ABB Digital Solution to Boost Productivity In the Metals Industry

By Ralph Rio

Company and Product News

ABB has launched a scalable, digital application that reportedly gives metals producers a complete overview of their production assets’ health, helping to avoid excess maintenance, prevent unnecessary exposure to hazardous areas and speed up repairs.

The solution – ABB Ability Asset Vista Condition Monitoring for metals –gathers previously disparate data from a variety of production equipment, such as motors, switchgears, gearboxes, valves, switches and sensors.  The data is then presented via dashboards to operations, automation and maintenance personnel, ensuring smooth joint working and integration.  Highly scalable, it is particularly quick and easy to implement at plants already using a wide range of distributed control systems, including ABB Ability System 800xA.

Developed by maintenance experts, ABB Ability Asset Vista Condition Monitoring works on open communication protocols, like OPC and Modbus, and is easily integrated in a range of third-party control systems.  Combining Asset Vista with the plant’s maintenance management improves equipment reliability, thereby reducing maintenance and operational costs, avoiding unplanned shutdowns and increasing productivity.

There are four stages to implementing ABB Ability Asset Vista Condition Monitoring for metals.  First, an on-site assessment by ABB experts and site maintenance specialists evaluates the precise maintenance needs.  A long-term solution is then designed based on business goals and available technologies.  In the next stage, ABB’s team deploys the online condition monitoring application.  Finally, ABB remotely measures and optimizes maintenance performance and presents results in periodic reports.  Under a service agreement, ABB ensures the application is always up-to-date so that customer maintenance teams can focus on their daily maintenance work.

ABB Ability Asset Vista Condition Monitoring for metals is scalable through its library of asset monitors, called the Asset Vista Library Suite.  With this Library Suite, users can apply Asset Vista to whichever area of focus they wish, whether condition monitoring of automation, instrumentation, electrical, mechanical or process equipment.  This suite of monitors enables a user to start with a small scope covering only the most common components initially and then, in line with growing business demands, scale up the condition monitoring to assess more complex, high-value added equipment and components.

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