ABB to revolutionize cable protection with smart devices

Using ABB Ability™, smart sensors will remotely report potential problems such as condensation and temperature fluctuations before expensive failures occur

The new first-of-its-kind Cable Protection System smart sensor technology, currently under development in ABB’s Research & Development facility in Switzerland, will be designed to sense such problems as condensation or rising temperatures in the conduit that protects critical electrical cables. Using the analytical power and secure cloud-based communication of the ABB Ability™ platform, the system will remotely report and analyze data, allowing facility managers and engineers to keep tabs on their electrical cable protection through smart phones, laptops or other remote devices.

In effect, the new system will teach a facility’s conduit to “talk.”

ABB is already producing smart sensors for motors, pumps and mounted bearings, which effectively converts them into smart, wirelessly connected devices. In combination with those tools and the power of ABB Ability™, the new Cable Protection Systems (CPS) smart sensor technology will provide end-to-end real-time monitoring of a facility’s most crucial electrical components, a key characteristic of the smart factory of the future.

The CPS sensors will attach easily to a conduit with minimal configuration. They will be designed to withstand the same pressures and harsh environments that the conduit itself must withstand, while requiring little or no maintenance of their own.

ABB Ability™ is a digital offering designed to weave the threads of countless electronic inputs together to help humans more efficiently control the interconnected factories of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The real-time monitoring provided by the ABB Ability™ smart sensor system will give managers the ability to decrease downtime by reducing the occurrence of unexpected electrical cable failures. And the ability to pinpoint components with potential problems could allow managers to replace or repair only the equipment that needs attention, rather than performing mass changeouts on preset schedules.

“At ABB, we pride ourselves on bringing the future into the present,” said Claudio Fegino, Global Product Group Manager for ABB Cable Protection. “Decades of engineering work have gone into the production of liquid tight fittings and conduits that can withstand everything from chemical exposure to physical abuse. Now, we are bringing cable protection into the world of Industry 4.0 with the CPS smart sensor, a tool that will give managers levels of information and control over their electrical systems that are unheard of today. This product is the first of its kind in the world, and we are proud to be on the verge of introducing it to the market.”

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.


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