ABB Ability™ Performance Optimization for control loops

Identifies and corrects loop performance issues to improve control performance and restore optimum results from process automation.

ABB Ability™ Performance Optimization for control loops, powered by ServicePort™, benchmark current control loop performance and identify issues that reduce control performance. With issues identified, an improvement plan is developed.

Proprietary ABB software tools simplify control loop data analysis and identify troublesome loops through data collection, model identification, feedback tuning, feedforward tuning and controller simulation.

Loop Performance Services include a series of platform-independent, non-invasive services that can be applied to any automated process or control system to benchmark, correct and sustain performance.

Recommendations for improvements are delivered in a detailed report, prioritized based on resolutions that deliver the greatest benefits.

ABB's remote service delivery platform, ServicePort provides secure, global access to ABB process diagnostics for periodic or continuous performance monitoring.

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  • Automatic, non-invasive data gathering with ABB’s proprietary data collection tool
  • Advanced, patent-pending technologies provide continuous analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • On-site or remote access, powered by ABB ServicePort, for customer and ABB support personnel
  • Twice-a-year performance analysis by ABB experts identifies issues, finds trends and recommends performance improvements
  • Configurable alerts (via email or SMS) are supplied when KPIs are outside site-specific thresholds


  • Accelerates problem solving through 24/7 visualization and analysis of control loops
  • Increases availability and utilization through reduced process variability
  • Lowers maintenance, raw material and energy costs with quick identification of process errors or trends
  • Reduces response time and travel expenses by providing remote access to ABB experts for troubleshooting
  • Establishes a solid foundation for continuous improvement, including higher availability, increased production and improved quality

Loop Performance Service follows an advanced service, three-step methodology—Diagnose, Implement and Sustain—to audit, tune and maintain PID control loop performance.

Step 1: Diagnose

Current control system operation is compared to optimized standards to establish expected capabilities. Loop Performance Service uses comprehensive data mining techniques, proven loop performance indicators and standard service modules to access and analyze control loops.

Step 2: Implement

Based on a thorough analysis, an implementation plan is developed by ABB and the customer through a collaborative review. After the plan has been agreed, improvements can be delivered incrementally or all at once. Phased implementation ensures that process and equipment changes can be made and maintained with steady progress toward performance goals.

Step 3: Sustain

The Loop Performance Service provides 24/7 monitoring capabilities to sustain benefits achieved after recommended changes are made to help to ensure process performance remains at peak levels. Data collection and continuous or periodic monitoring help to develop operational trends to allow early detection of anomalies and proactive service delivery.

Sustaining Improvement

Available as a subscription service, the Loop Performance Service powered by ABB ServicePort offers substantial financial value by providing access to ABB experts without losing time or requiring travel costs to get service experts to site.

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