Corporate research centers

Research and development activities are conducted at our corporate research centers. With nine locations in seven countries – China, India, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States – we bring together a highly skilled international team of scientists and engineers. 

Research areas

To generate new ideas and advance our existing technologies, research and development is centered around eight key research areas. 
Switching

Devise cutting-edge AC and DC interruption technologies for the entire voltage range

Materials

Investigate novel materials for future products as well as identify/deploy cutting-edge manufacturing processes

Electromagnetics

Devise novel products and systems using insights into electromagnetics, dielectrics, heat transfer, acoustics and electrochemistry

Power Electronics

Realize novel power electronics solutions and power semiconductors for diverse applications

Sensors

Create innovative measurement solutions for electrical and industrial systems; secure competence in electronics for smart and reliable devices

Mechanics

Analyze, design and track manufacturing advances, use, and maintenance of diverse mechanical systems (robotics to switchgear)

Control

Innovate automation, operation, protection and maintenance solutions for industrial and electrical systems including their associated components

Software

Create sustainable, secure and user-friendly software-based automation solutions, using efficient software engineering methods and architectures, as well as communication technologies

 

Committed to innovation

As part of our commitment to technological prowess and innovation, we collaborate with about 70 universities around the world. In line with this commitment, and also to advance the academic fields that are of interest to ABB, we recently announced the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg, the former chairman of the board of directors at ABB. The award encourages world-class research in our main fields of operation: power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure.

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