Building on a decade's worth of experience in pioneering the digitalization of switchgear with MNS iS, ABB has added the latest advances in smart electronics, edge computing and cloud technology to create its first digital low-voltage switchgear solution with built-in intelligent functions.
MNS Digital is a scalable, modular, low-voltage smart switchgear and motor control center, with connected (IoT) intelligent features that enable remote operation, monitoring and condition-based maintenance.
MNS Digital can connect to the ABB AbilityTM cloud platform, a local SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) or ECMS (electrical control and monitoring system), to extended Automation System 800xA or other types of distributed process control systems (DCSs). Fully leveraging ABB Ability, MNS Digital offers customers insights into their operation, by making data and information available to any connected device or plant.
Ralf Heinemeyer, managing director of ABB's Electrification Solutions business unit explains: "When switchgear is empowered with data capabilities, it gives the beating heart of any electrical system a mind and a voice. Powered by big data, it can predict problems before they happen, and opportunities not considered before. MNS Digital provides a complete real-time solution, with integrated data connectivity and optimized reporting to assist and enable operators to make informed choices on the maintenance, operation and performance of their platform, today and tomorrow."
MNS Digital with ABB Ability will allow operators to make use of additional functionality such as energy management, to report on power consumption and enable cost reductions. It will carry out condition monitoring for reduced downtime, avoiding unplanned outages, and lowering operational expenses through optimized maintenance cycles.
"With MNS Digital switchgear you can start your own industrial revolution," adds Heinemeyer. "The transition to Industry 4.0 and Maintenance 4.0 requires truly flexible, scalable and modular switchgear platforms, which have cutting-edge intelligence and IoT built-in. We are committed to developing these next generation solutions, which allow our customers to have access to the right information at the right time, supporting fast and accurate decision making and enabling operating cost savings of up to 30 percent."
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 17,000 employees located in 139 cities, 40 local companies, and online and offline channels across over 300 cities.
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