Aging assets, rising energy demand, and the critical need to avoid unplanned outages are challenging utilities and industries around the world. And while financial constraints are reducing maintenance budgets and investment, demand for increased return on investment is unabated....More
Industrial transformers are key elements in the processes into which they are integrated. Reliability is crucial to ensure uninterrupted operation of converters, furnaces, motors and smelters used in a variety of applications....More
Modern open-pit mining is a high-tech undertaking in decidedly hostile environments. Safe and efficient operation requires precise coordination of some of the world's largest and most expensive machines in settings characterized by punishing heat and cold as well as extreme shock and vibration....More
Asset-intensive industries face increasing pressure to improve how well they utilize and maintain their equipment. Asset health management is emerging as a critical business process due to the potentially very significant bottom-line impact of asset decisions on profitability, compliance and customer satisfaction....More
Current and voltage measurements are two key functions in the control and protection of electric power grids. Traditionally, they have been performed using so-called instrument transformers – somewhat bulky and heavy devices that can weigh up to several tons....More
Using advanced converter technology developed by abb, the world's first hvdc transmission with voltage source converters began transmitting power in 1997. This technology was introduced as hvdc light. The new transmission link ran along a 10 km route between the swedish towns of hellsjön and grängesberg. It was rated at 3 mw / ± 10 kv dc....More
Acquisition-focused ABB is chasing the "emerging markets" of utility analytics and asset management in North America, Gary Rackliffe, VP of smart grids, North America, at ABB, told us recently in an exclusive interview....More
Electrification rates range from almost 100 percent in Egypt down, shockingly, to just 9 percent in Uganda. Even South Africa, one of the continent's most developed nations, takes electric power to only 75 percent of its people....More
The concept for ServicePort grew from consulting work on industrial automation systems that we started in the 1990s. To help tell our customers what we were doing in that consulting work, we packaged our services into three categories....More
The news is full of stories about the latest cyber attacks and data breaches. While there hasn't been any news about a major hack of a power plant or substation yet, that doesn't mean bad agents aren't trying. Watch this short video for an overview of the standards now in place, the level of protection they provide and what you can — and should — be doing to implement those standards.
This video helps you understand the state of cyber security but physical security is also a major concern. Watch the webinar After Metcalf: Physical substation security for details of the attack on that substation and the security methods being deployed to protect physical assets from future attacks.