Moving to one collaborative control center, shortening the communication chain and reducing the time and costs of travel to individual locations. It also provides a common hub for maintenance planning, helping the company move from reactive to predictive maintenance. The solution enables BEM to optimize its process operations and redeploy operators on other tasks in Sobacken.
The collaborative control center features ABB AbilityTM System 800xA Distributed Control System (DCS) and Intelligent Extended Operator Workplaces (EOW). The combination brings the flexibility needed to adopt to future digital trends, while ensuring operators stay focused on their tasks.
The DCS collects operational data from all the individual municipal plants, together with that from the company’s own IT systems. It is turned into useable information and relayed, around-the-clock to the operators located in Solbacken. This provides a safer and efficient coordination of the communities’ entire digital infrastructure and directly improves output and profitability. This approach is the basis for ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations – a remote operations and maintenance model that helps power generation companies harness the potential of digitalization.
During the design phase, ABB and BEM held workshops to engage with the stakeholders to evolve the digital infrastructure needed to coordinate the separate sites into one collaborative environment. It was during the conceptual design study that ABB identified that it would be more efficient to add an extra level to the administration block, rather than construct a separate building, thereby saving substantial costs.
For operators to be effective, BEM recognized the importance of human factors and the need to make the work environment conducive to efficiency and wellbeing. As such, the collaboration environment is completely modernized, considering ergonomics to maximize operator effectiveness.
Jörgen Karlsson, Sales Manager at Power Generation & Water at ABB
“The value of being able to present optimized and aggregated information, combined with a fully integrated operator effectiveness solution, poses huge potential for business transformation. We partner with our customers to best meet their needs, delivering sustainable progress for power generation operators and company.”