ABB is proud to be part of ADIPEC 2019, the Middle East's biggest oil and gas exhibition as bronze sponsor this year. The Electrification business has showcased three from the ABB Ability™ portfolio of connected solutions – UniGear Digital and MNS Digital switchgear as well as SWICOM for continuous condition monitoring of switchgear to enable condition based maintenance activities.
UniGear Digital combines protection, control, measurement and digital communication to enable a safe, flexible and smart electrical network that can deliver power reliably and efficiently. It is based on the optimized integration of current and voltage sensors into medium-voltage switchgear, combined with the latest Relion® protection and control relays, and the capability of the IEC 61850 standard for communication.
Built on open communication protocols for configuring, communicating and measuring the status of the power system, the digital critical power infrastructure provides peer to peer communication and non-hierarchal controls within the network to speed-up troubleshooting and reduce latency, as well as deliver improved energy efficiency with up to 90 percent reduction in cabling compared to analogue systems. Being built on an open standard such as IEC 61850 also provided greater flexibility for future projects and operators.
With UniGear Digital the customer can avoid many of the practical challenges they might face in today’s complex applications, as it makes it easy to focus on applications and create reliable, efficient electrical network thanks to the use of well-proven components: current and voltage sensors, protection and control relays with IEC 61850 digital communication.
Equipped with SWICOM, a monitoring and diagnostic unit, mechanical and electrical health status of an entire fleet lineup is continuously monitored. In addition to the environmental and temperature sensors for detecting hot-spots in the power circuit, the new PDCOM sensor offers non-invasive detection of potential insulation problems in the switchgear, which can lead to catastrophic failures. Partial discharge monitoring provides a cost efficient, fit for purpose solution that enables online asset management now also for medium-voltage applications.
SWICOM acquires data by communicating with IEC 61850 based protection relays and via the sensor bus of additional sensors and converts the data to diagnostic information. It is applicable to any new or existing air- and gas-insulated medium-voltage switchgear.
ABB MNS Digital switchgear enables access to real-time data from across operations, preparing the customer for Industry 4.0 and opening up new possibilities in intelligent devices, IoT and cloud technology. An integral part of the MNS Digital low-voltage switchgear assembly is the ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring (CMES) for electrical systems. The on-premise solution enables predictive capabilities to reduce downtime needed for maintenance and enables a reduction in operational costs by up to 30 per cent. Switchgear operators and plant maintenance managers can monitor and manage their electrical distribution systems and motor control center via smartphone, tablet or computer in real time to optimize maintenance and operational costs and energy consumption.
The exhibition runs from 11th to 14th November, 2019 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.