For companies, non-operating manufacturing facilities result in production outages and financial losses. When it comes to maintenance or modernization activities, the primary objective is to avoid plant downtimes entirely or keep them as short as possible. This requirement also applies for Novelis Deutschland GmbH at their site in Nachterstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The company is linked to ABB through a partnership dating back many years.
The first order, in 1994, involved installing all the electrical equipment for the newly constructed automotive annealing and painting line as well as for a slitting line. The main challenge at that time was in the scope of the services provided, which ranged from the medium-voltage feed to installing an Advant Master control system with 18 MP200 RMC controllers, and even to all the drives for the production line.