ABB integrates digital technologies to cut energy and maintenance costs

ABB are technology leaders that are driving the digital transformation of industries.

ABB AbilityTM has expanded its digital portfolio of low-voltage devices with intelligent components connected to a common architecture that, together, promote the ability to ‘Give Your Buildings a New Dimension’ (GYBND).

This GYBND focus consists of a fully scalable portfolio of digital energy and asset management solutions for commercial and industrial buildings. When installed in one location or multiple sites, these systems help achieve energy and operating cost savings of as much as 30%.

The benefits of the GYBND portfolio are extensive. In an industrial site, managers can improve operational performance by avoiding downtime, making better predictions of electrical installation issues and schedule proactive maintenance interventions. All this is possible by connecting electrical protection and measuring devices in only one supervision system for the entire plant, so that alerts are made when certain parts are about to fail or need replacing.

When it comes to running a business in multi-location buildings, GYBND helps building owners to allocate and aggregate consumption at all utilities, by gathering data from different devices. Data is sent via the Ethernet or wireless connection for analysis in the cloud.

HOW IT WORKS
‘Give Your Buildings a New Dimension’ uses two proven ABB energy monitoring solutions—the CMS-700 circuit-monitoring system and the EQmatic energy analyzer, which are then integrated with the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System, a cloud-based platform that controls the complete solution, from the medium-voltage substation to the smallest loads.

Plug & Play devices like energy meters, network analyzers, circuit breakers and more, can connect to the cloud-computing platform quickly and easily. CMS-700 and ABB EQmatic complete the connected portfolio, but can work as standalone solutions as well. These can scale down functionalities to suit any customer requirements for measurements, monitoring and reporting of all the devices installed in the power distribution system.

“The ‘Give Your Building a New Dimension’ portfolio is revamping and digitizing buildings without replacing components,” said Pierre Badenhorst, Product Marketing Manager, Smart Buildings, ABB Ireland. “It helps drive operational efficiency and savings with ease and simplicity: a perfect fit for small to medium-sized commercial buildings.”

SAVINGS
The GYBND portfolio allows the existing installations to be upgraded in just one day. With plug-and-play modules, it does not require replacement of any existing components. Moreover, it connects to the cloud in just 10 minutes, reducing cabling by 60 percent and components for communication by 25% and lowers the required investment in supervision systems by 15%.

“This Internet-age portfolio of monitoring and control technologies represents a turnkey solution in electrical distribution for our customers,” said Steve Doyle, ABB Northern Ireland Manager, “It’s another brilliant idea from ABB to make any building smarter.”


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