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What is new in ABB Ability™ DCS System 800xA version 6 release?

It's all about control

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ABB’s sixth generation of ABB Ability System 800xA enhances security, supports upgrades on older platforms like Windows XP

ABB Ability System 800xA is known for delivering productivity through consolidating process, electrical, safety, and telecoms in one system and providing the ultimate high performance operator control room environment featuring the Extended Operator Workplace.

This sixth generation release, commonly called v6, is not only for new projects but has been specially developed to support upgrades of older DCS systems running on unsupported operating systems such as Microsoft XP. System 800xA v6 provides customers with a more secure automation environment that lowers the total cost of ownership, while providing countless opportunities to improve operational productivity.

Control your security

Adding to its industry-leading security features like Advanced Access Control, White Listing, and means to monitor and manage the control system's security integrity, the newest version of 800xA empowers users with the ability to operate an even more secure system with:

  • Use of the latest Microsoft operating system Windows MS 8.1 / Server 2012 R2
  • Improved system installation that automatically sets policies to simplify system hardening
  • Digital Code Signing to ensure software legitimacy code
  • Immediate access to approved anti-virus files

Control your costs

800xA v6 provides the ability to lower costs for new projects, retrofits, and upgrades:

  • In addition to virtualization, performance improvements and multiple core technology can optimize the automation system’s footprint significantly leading to reduced capital and lifecycle expenditures.
  • A new Foundation Fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Linking Device is available that can further reduce engineering and installation costs by being able to be installed directly in Zone 2, Class 1 Div 2 areas.

Users may see up to a 50 percent reduction in footprint

Control your productivity

800xA v6's collaboration platform and its built in functionality allow you to tackle money saving initiatives and implement productivity enhancing solutions for a fraction of the cost of adding third party software and hardware.

In addition to alarm management, advanced control, video systems, safety, electrical integration, power management, and a host of other embedded capabilities, System 800xA v6 adds:​

  • A new information management platform providing secure connectivity to 800xA so that data can be safely collected, viewed, historized and reported above the control system layer.
  • An embedded Public Address System is available that allows text to speech announcements to be broadcasted in multiple languages from 800xA.
  • Trends have been enhanced in 800xA with the addition of alarm indication, auto-scaling, and adjustable sloped gridlines.
  • New ways to visualize data is available with the addition of the System 800xA Collaboration Table providing a 3D view of plant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Batch management performance has been improved through the use of a new multi-threaded batch procedure executing environment.
  • New packaged services are available from ABB and CGM to make it easier to design and build a state-of-the-art, ergonomic, productivity enhancing control room that includes the Extended Operator Workplace.

Productivity enhancing solutions for a fraction of the cost of adding third party software & hardware

Removing barriers

Special consideration has been given to ensure a significantly improved upgrade experience supported by an enhanced Sentinel customer care program. 800xA v6 includes:

  • More intelligent “role based” installation and configuration tool that reduce manual steps by over 80 percent. This installation and configuration tool also can be used to centrally extend and update the system over its lifecycle.
  • Additional tools, such as the Start Value Analyzer are available to ensure that the upgrade goes smooth without any surprises when it comes to initial values settings.

More intelligent “role based” installation and configuration tool reduces manual steps by over 80 percent

World Class

Since its introduction in 2004, System 800xA count is fast approaching 11,000 installed systems in over 100 countries. 800xA boasts monitoring and controlling over 50 million tags helping ABB be the no.1 global DCS supplier for over a decade.

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