ABB supports “new infrastructure” construction with digital innovations

At the China Electrical Industry Development Summit 2020 held online today, several local ABB companies were named “China Top 100 Electric Companies” and honored with 9 awards under three categories, which again demonstrated ABB’s comprehensive strength and digital innovation capability in the electrical automation field.

ABB’s local companies listed on “China Top 100 Electric Companies” include ABB Beijing Drive Systems Co. Ltd., ABB Xiamen Switchgear Co., Ltd., ABB Xiamen Low Voltage Equipment Co., Ltd., ABB Xinhui Low Voltage Switchgear Co., Ltd., and Nanjing SAC Automation Co, Ltd. Meanwhile, ABB Beijing Drive Systems Co. Ltd., ABB LV Installation Materials Co., Ltd., ABB High Voltage Switchgear (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. and Nanjing SAC Automation Co, Ltd. were honored with the “China Leading Enterprises in Electrical Industry” Award, and five ABB products and solutions won the awards of “China Innovative Products in Electrical Industry” and “China Excellent Solutions in Electrical Industry”.

“2019 represented a year of transformation for ABB, when we worked closely with our customers and partners and delivered solid results. In the past year, we continuously expanded our investments in China to optimize our portfolio and business footprints, including the ground breaking of ABB’s most advanced robotics factory in Shanghai, the acquisition of Shanghai ChargeDot New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. – a leading Chinese e-mobility charging solution provider, and the establishment of the ‘ABB Future Lab’ and Open Innovation Center. We have full confidence in China’s prospects will keep our long-term commitment to operate in local markets.” Said ZZ Zhang, Senior Vice President of ABB Group and Managing Director of ABB China.

Facing the needs of economic transformation and the impacts of COVID-19 outbreak, China has put forward speeding up the development of “new infrastructure”, an initiative guided by the new development concept, driven by technological innovations and enabled by information networks. It is aimed for high-quality development, and designed to provide infrastructure for digital transformation, intelligent upgrading and integrated innovation. This move will strongly accelerate China’s economic upgrading and empower high-quality development of China’s future economy.

“In the special economic climate this year, ‘new infrastructure’ shoulders a historical mission of driving China into a new intelligent era by the development of information digital technologies-enabled infrastructure. As a global technology leader with over 40 years of experience in industrial digitalization, ABB is focusing on China’s ‘new infrastructure’ investments, making further strategical presence in such key fields as digitalization, industrial Internet, artificial intelligence, intelligent manufacturing, intelligent transportation and smart energy infrastructure, and is also working closely with Chinese customers and partners to drive the digital transformation of industries.” Zhang added.

As a tie between “cloud” and “end-users” in the intelligent manufacturing industry, industrial Internet is one of the key areas of “new infrastructure”. Take the award-winning ABB Drive Connectivity Panel for example, it is a “plug and play” digital solution specially developed for low-voltage drive products. Enabled by the world-leading NB-IoT technology, it allows drives to easily connect with cloud platforms while ensuring data security, and provides remote drive condition monitoring and remotely-assisted digital services for customers to understand how their drives are running at anytime and anywhere. In addition, when coupled with remote assistance means, it can help bring customer’s failed drives back to operation in a shorter time, thus significantly boosting efficiency and reducing risks.

IoT and digital transformation of traditional infrastructure are also priorities of China’s “new infrastructure” strategy. Combined with IoT technologies, the ABB Ability™ EDCS for Intelligent Hospitals solution, named “China Excellent Solution in Electrical Industry” at the event, can help hospitals fully build a strong and stable power supply and distribution system and realize intelligent operation & maintenance and management. The solution helps improve efficiency in terms of equipment, systems, staff and resources management, enhance power supply continuity and electrical safety by 90% respectively, boost operation & maintenance efficiency by 40% and lower electricity costs by 15%. Moreover, it comprehensively improves the professional, standard, refined and intelligent management level of power distribution system in hospitals, helping create a strong, stable, green and intelligent power supply and distribution system for smart hospitals.

The innovative products and solutions from ABB that were honored with the “China Innovative Products in Electrical Industry” and “China Excellent Solution in Electrical Industry” at the event also include:

  • Gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) upgrade– Given that some of the aging GIS equipment need to be upgraded to cope with the increasing power demand on the demand side and supply side, ABB High Voltage Switchgear (Xiamen) Company, made a compatibility study on various structures and techniques of GIS products from different manufactures.- This has successfully helped Zhejiang Beilun Power Plant upgrade its 500-kilovolt (kV) GIS without power outage in 2019.
  • Direct current (DC) capacitors – The product developed by ABB Xi'an Power Capacitor Co., Ltd. successfully addresses the noise challenge in actual operation of capacitors, and has been deployed at Dongfang Converter Station of the Northwest Yunnan-Guangdong ±800kV ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) Project. For the first time ever, by the simulation and computation with a special software, the company armed its DC capacitors with noise reduction measures that can lower the noise level by more than 10dB(A) for the first time ever.
  • ACH580-31/34 and ACS880-31/34 ultra-low harmonic drives – These two products feature a built-in harmonic suppression system, and use drive technology as part of the harmonic solution, avoiding the harmonic problems from the very start and ensuring that the total harmonic distortion (THD) in power grid is basically less than 3%. These benefits make them a perfect match for workplaces with demanding harmonic requirements and harsh conditions. ACH580-31/34 and ACS880-31/34 ultra-low harmonic drives – These two products feature a built-in harmonic suppression system, and use drive technology as part of the harmonic solution, avoiding the harmonic problems from the very start and ensuring that the total harmonic distortion (THD) in power grid is basically less than 3%. These benefits make them a perfect match for workplaces with demanding harmonic requirements and harsh conditions. ACH580-31/34 and ACS880-31/34 ultra-low harmonic drives – These two products feature a built-in harmonic suppression system, and use drive technology as part of the harmonic solution, avoiding the harmonic problems from the very start and ensuring that the total harmonic distortion (THD) in power grid is basically less than 3%. These benefits make them a perfect match for workplaces with demanding harmonic requirements and harsh conditions.

China Electrical Industry Development Summit 2020, themed “Intelligent Technologies for A Connected World”, was sponsored by the Electric Age magazine under China Machine Media. By interpreting the positive impacts of “intelligent manufacturing” on the electrical industry and the practical implications of “IOTIPS” on various industries, the guests discussed how to implement product innovations and deploy intelligent technologies in companies, and shared insights of how to drive high-quality transformation and upgrading of the electrical industry. Cao Jie, Marketing Strategy Manager of System Products, ABB Electrification in China, and Shi Xibo, an expert in intelligent power products, were invited to share ABB’s latest technical achievements and successful application cases in the fields of smart city and smart power distribution.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 144,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with near 20,000 employees located in more than 130 cities, 44 local companies, and online and offline channels across around 700 cities.

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