ASEA/ABB Master and Advant Master DCS System Evolution

Choose a step-by-step or a complete evolution to System 800xA for ASEA/ABB Master (MasterPiece controller, MasterView HMI) and the Advant Master family (AC450 controller, Advant Station HMI)

Advant Master is a widely installed and supported ABB DCS. A majority of customers have already enhanced their Advant system by adding the System 800xA HMI, AC 800M controller and S800 I/O in order to extend the lifetime of the system and benefit from the latest technologies.

ABB is committed to support our customers with an extensive Product Life Cycle Program to enable you to optimize the life cycle, performance, and the cost to operate your systems

ABB has developed comprehensive solutions with different levels of stepwise evolution for the ABB Master family, introduced as ASEA Master (MasterPiece controller, MasterView HMI) in 1984, and the Advant Master family (AC 450 controller, Advant Station HMI) introduced in 1992.

Our evolution experts offer a complete review of a system in order to identify upgrade opportunities offering the greatest ROI. As a result of the study, a long-term roadmap will suggest the best evolution path to increase the efficiency and the productivity of the plant. 

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System Evolution by system layer and product

Information Management
Evolve to
ABB MasterView
800xA for Advant Master SV 6.1.1
AdvaCommand for Unix Workstations
800xA for Advant Master SV 6.1.1
800xA for Advant Master SV 3.1 to 6.1 800xA for Advant Master SV 6.1.1
Evolve to
MB300 Thick Ethernet coax system MB300 based on 800xA Network switches
MB300 based on Hubs MB300 based on 800xA Network switches
Evolve to
Control Builder A Control Builder M
Evolve to
Enterprise Historian for Unix 800xA History
Enterprise Historian for Windows NT 800xA History
Evolve to
MasterPiece 200 and 200/1 AC 800M
Advant Controller 450 AC 800M
Advant Controller 410 AC 800M
Advant Controller 70 AC 800M
Advant Controller 55 AC 800M
Advant Controller 110 AC 800M
Advant Controller 160 AC 800M
Evolve to
S100 I/O for Advant Master older versions Upgrade to newer S100 I/O or change to S800 I/O
S400 I/O for Advant Master S800 I/O with evolution kit
S800 I/O on AF100 for Advant Master S800 I/O on Profinet or Profibus-DP for AC 800M


What is the most cost-efficient way to evolve to a newer system generation?

The answer is Automation Software Maintenance (ASM), in the ASM Evolve level!

A big part of the cost of System Evolution from ABB Master and ABB Advant Master to a current system is the software license cost, something that is provided by using ASM Evolve.

Automation Software Maintenance remains the key program for life cycle system support as customers continue to upgrade and evolve their installed systems to our latest generation offerings.

What is gained by evolving each system layer?

To remain competitive, manufacturers need to change and improve their business processes. The changes made to the system must be limited to the specific areas where they will create most gain, and there must be a solid Return on Investment (ROI).

HMI replacement
  • Single unified HMI/control room consolidation
  • Common plant object structure
  • Vertical integration
  • Increased operator efficiency
  • Increased safety
  • Remove bottlenecks / increase capacity
Controller replacement
  • Architecture
  • CPU power
  • Footprint
  • Asset management/predictive maintenance
  • Increased availability
  • Increased maintenance efficiency
  • Lower equipment cost
  • Lower energy cost
I/O / Field Termination Assemblies (FTA) replacement
  •  I/O connectivity solutions
  • Cabling solutions
  •  Retain I/O and/or cabling

What differentiates System Evolution from Evolution?

Evolution is commonly known as moving from one place to another, from one state or another, or in our case, from one DCS system generation to another. 

System Evolution takes a holistic approach to the need, by carefully choosing what subsystems and in what order to replace, to minimize negative productivity impact on the running system while maximizing the benefits of new functionality.

Simplified, one could say that evolution is simply a rip and replace of the old system, and System Evolution is a stepwise planned improvement of the system.

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