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ARC Advisory Group says ABB is number one in distributed control systems

A recent report “Distributed Control Systems Global Market 2018-2022” issued by the ARC Advisory Group has confirmed that the pioneering technology leader, ABB, has retained its number one position in the market with a 20% market share, for the 19th year running.

The global market for distributed control systems (DCS), which is approaching USD 16 billion, is one of the most technologically advanced and evolved markets in the world. ABB, which has 147,000 employees and operations in more than 100 countries, says that among several key factors driving success has been its dedication to innovation coupled with an innate understanding of the continued value of people in an increasingly automated environment.

Building on its global technology platform, the company approaches each local market with an in-depth understanding of the physical, regulatory and economic environment, enabling it to meet the specific DCS needs and requirements of customers and their operations across the world. As part of its process control solutions, ABB offers the customer-specific control platforms ABB Ability™ System 800xA, ABB Ability™ Symphony Plus, Freelance and Compact Product Suite, proven over decades as evidenced by their installed base.

“As we head into our 20th year as the undisputed leader in DCS, we are shaping the fourth industrial revolution with our automation solutions” says Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Industrial Automation division. “ABB’s continued annual investment of $1.5 billion in research and development enables us to unlock the significant benefits of digitalization and make them accessible to our customers through our digital technologies. We help our customers to transform their performance in a digital world and further increase safety, productivity and energy efficiency throughout the asset lifecycle.”

ARC’s report also references ABB Ability™, the companies unified, cross-industry digital offering which includes more than 210 Industrial Internet solutions and an Industrial Internet technology platform and cloud infrastructure.

The prestigious recognition by ARC follows the recently announced award by business consultants Frost & Sullivan, naming ABB as 2017 Company of the Year. ABB has been commended for setting the benchmark for digitalization with its DCS portfolio. With its deep domain knowledge and unparalleled digital experience, ABB partners with its customers to best meet their needs, delivering sustainable progress for power, water and process industries.

Why ABB DCS is customers' choice number one

ABB’s leadership in DCS stems from countless ground-breaking projects around the globe.

ABB Ability System 800xA plays a key role in securing the success for Sadara, the world’s largest chemicals complex built in a single phase. The monitoring and automating of the entire production process is fully integrated with System 800xA, all coming together in 18 control systems and 260 operator work stations. The integration capabilities also helped the Garpenberg mine to become one of the world's most cost-effective and modern mines in the world. Hoists, mill drives, ventilation, dewatering, substations, conveyors, crushers, ore storage, and maintenance, as well as document management and communications are seamlessly integrated to the automation system. Very recently Emami Cement has chosen System 800xA to automate its new production plant which will help boost infrastructure growth in India.
ABB Ability Symphony® Plus is, for example, the core solution for integrating new emission control technology at a power plant in Wisconsin, US; for protecting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Venice, Italy from high water by controlling the city’s MOSE flood barrier system; for providing the automation and electrification solution for Adani, the world’s largest solar power plant in a single location, in Kamuthi India; and for enabling the Vietnamese utility Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO) to control and operate its infrastructure in real time, significantly reducing the amount of non-revenue water.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with global industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. ABB delivers integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of process and power industries.

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