How can a series of mirrors contribute to the discovery of new planets? How is electricity generated at 3,000 meters below sea level? And what does the monitoring of industrial motors have in common with a conventional fitness tracker? Here, we take you through some of the most interesting facts and trivia of our company’s portfolio – with short, easy to understand explanations. Click on the + to learn more.
Did you know…
…ABB’s Corporate Research Center in Krakow, Poland, uses bees raised on its roof to support the en-vironment – and test computer algorithms?
Between 50,000 to 100,000 bees occupy a mini-apiary on the roof of the building. Besides honey, the bees provide a great deal of very useful test data. The beehives enable researchers to test all aspects of data analysis – sensors, data acquisition, data analysis and data visualization. An application like bee identification, bee detection and bee tracking could directly translate into tracking objects on the factory floor or tracking shipping containers.
The resulting data streams are used to test sensor techniques as well as analytical algorithms. For instance, the image from a camera directed at the hive’s entrance is useful in the development of an image detection system and counting objects based on video transmission. A lot of bees fly out of the hive at the same time, and the scientists try to find a method of counting them, taking into account their speed, small size and background. A large amount of quite exotic data allows the researchers to experiment.
Did you know…
…that the Azipod® electric propulsion system can turn 360°, allowing ships far greater maneuverability?
Azipod® is a gearless 360° steerable propulsion system, where the electric motor is located in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. By utilizing the Azipod® system’s maneuverability, marine vessels can direct thrust in any direction with incredible precision, saving time and fuel.
Launched in 1990, Azipod® technology marked a new era in ship propulsion. Since then, ABB’s Azipod® system has inspired naval architects to create more efficient and sustainable vessel designs. Azipod® propulsion has enabled vessels of all types, including passenger ships, cargo vessels and ice-breaking tankers to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent compared to traditional shaftline systems over the last three decades, translating into over 1,000,000 tons of saved fuel and lower emissions for a more sustainable future.
… that a smart sensor, about the size of a smartphone, can convert traditional electric motors into smart, wirelessly connected devices?