“Our goal is to bring together the best that ABB has to offer for the benefit of metals industry customers which is why we brought together two different ABB teams from Process Automation and Motion business areas for this project. By leveraging our collective strengths, we provide our customers with in-depth access to well-experienced and highly skilled ABB experts to propose a competitive solution,” said Mukesh Jain, Global Product Manager, Metal Systems for ABB’s Metals business. “This collaboration also ensured smooth delivery and completion of the cycloconverter upgrade project within the short execution time window including rapid start-up after installation and commissioning.”
The pandemic situation presented several challenges during the project, especially for factory acceptance testing (FAT), which generally requires ABB engineers to travel to the customer’s site. However, thanks to ABB’s proactive and innovative approach, and excellent co-operation with AST Terni’s on-site personnel, the project could be carried out remotely and completed on time and, after a relatively short commissioning period, the new drives were delivered to AST Terni in August 2020.
“We were very satisfied with ABB’s professionalism and determination to complete this project successfully despite the many additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Luca Onofri, AST Terni, “and we expect to benefit from the associated improvements in reliability and performance for years to come”.