ABB Ability™ Performance Optimization for control systems- Harmony

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The ABB Ability™ Performance Optimization for control systems- Harmony benchmarks control system performance and compares it to peak operating conditions to help manage control system utilization and prevent unpredictable performance.

Proprietary, non-invasive software simplifies control system data analysis and identifies potential issues through data collection, model identification, and simulation. Periodic and continuous monitoring options are available.

After identifying optimum system operation, ABB delivers a detailed plan to improve and maintain system performance. The plan is prioritized based on criticality, process area, and financial impact.


  • Automatic, non-invasive data gathering with ABB’s proprietary data collection tool
  • On-demand analysis before or after maintenance and shutdowns
  • Continuous visualization and proactive analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • On-site or remote access, powered by ABB ServicePort, for customer personnel and ABB support
  • 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
  • Increases system performance, availability and reliability by confirming complex system architecture and settings are aligned
  • Minimizes the risk of system shutdown through early detection of potential problems
  • Confirms hardware is up to date by ensuring all hardware versions are documented and compatible
  • Decreases the time and cost spent pinpointing system problems
  • Helps ensure uninterrupted performance by identifying errors between modules
  • Reduces response time and travel expenses by providing remote access to ABB experts for troubleshooting

Performance Optimization for control systems- Harmony follows an advanced service, three-step methodology — Diagnose, Implement and Sustain — to audit, analyze and improve control system performance.

Step 1: Diagnose

The service uses non-stop data collection and analysis to transform raw data into actionable information. This service uses comprehensive data mining techniques, proven key performance indicators and standard operational values modules to access and analyze process performance.

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

Performance Optimization for control systems- Harmony 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 planning for servicing equipment.

Sustaining Improvement

Available as a subscription service, Performance Optimization for control systems- Harmony 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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