ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain for efficient, safe and reliable operations

ABB connects drives, motors, bearings and pumps to offer customers advanced monitoring and analytics of their powertrain equipment

The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain enables plant operators to improve the performance, reliability and efficiency of their powertrain components
The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain enables plant operators to improve the performance, reliability and efficiency of their powertrain components

The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain launches at the Hannover Messe 2019, the leading international technology fair. The Digital Powertrain connects drives, motors, pumps and bearings, taking uptime and productivity to new heights via ABB Ability™. The data insights gained from the powertrain enables customers to be better connected with their assets and make even better decisions to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations.

The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain is suitable for applications in the process, discrete and infrastructure industries. It enables users to digitally “see” operational variables and health indicators through an integrated, one-stop portal – including availability, environmental conditions and fault events. At Hannover Messe, visitors will see the digital powertrain monitoring for pumps as well as an industrial fan application that improves the performance, reliability and efficiency of all powertrain components.

Safety for discrete industries: safety is critical to discrete industries such as the food and beverage and logistics sectors. A malfunction or mechanical problems in an application may create a serious safety hazard for the machine and for those working in the plant. The digital powertrain monitoring means that production managers and operators can identify malfunctions via the monitoring portal, remotely, to support safe operations.

Reliability for process industries: process industries, such as mining, oil and gas, metals and pulp and paper need to ensure that their operations are reliable at all times. A process failure in any of these industries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in unplanned downtime. Global mining company, Glencore, has been using the ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain to have a broader view of equipment monitoring:

“We use the condition monitoring service for powertrains in the seawater pumps system, that distributes cooling water in our factory. It is a critical part of the process, and we already have a monitoring solution for the pumps and motors connected to the control system but not remote monitoring for drives,” says Sigurd Bjerland, Maintenance Electrical Engineer at Glencore Nikkelverk in Norway. “The integration of ABB Ability™ gives us the possibility to collect more information on the cooling status of the drives and compare data coming from the two monitoring solutions. It is beneficial to be able to see the condition of our equipment online.”

Efficiency for infrastructure: ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain monitoring solutions are successfully used in cooling, heating, water and other building applications. The Swedish water utility company Uppsala Vatten och Avfall uses the Powertrain condition monitoring so that its plant operators receive reports on real-time indicators like reliability, usage patterns, power consumption and stress levels. These are updated and accessible at any time. ABB specialists can analyze the equipment, for example to understand the impact of the environment on specific components.

“The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain forms the basis of the motion business’ digital offering,” said Morten Wierod, President of ABB’s Motion business. “Data aggregation and analytics helps our customers to learn faster about their equipment and have safer, more reliable and efficient operations. Analytics also means that we, as a business at ABB, can understand more about how we can support our customers as factories become more automated.”

The digital powertrain components are equipped with sensors and cloud connectivity. Variable speed drives are able to control any motor and are connected via the cloud gateway, while motors, mounted bearings and pumps connect wirelessly with the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor.


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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