ABB obtains California Seismic Certification for Low Voltage Drives

ABB obtains California Seismic Certification for Low Voltage Drives
June 28, 2010 – ABB announces that its ACH550 line of drives and bypasses for HVAC has been added to the “Facilities Development Division (FDD) List of Equipment/Components with OSHPD Special Seismic Certification Pre-Approval (OSP).”

The FDD list is administered by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). An OSP pre-approval allows owners, engineers, and contractors of healthcare facilities in California to specify, purchase, and install ABB ACH550 drives and bypasses, in compliance with the seismic requirements of the California Building Code (CBC) -- and to be accepted by OSHPD during its statutory design review and inspection of construction projects.

ABB, Inc. is the first and only manufacturer to have variable frequency drives (VFD) on this list. This approval provides healthcare facility owners with the peace of mind that their VFD equipment will not delay the approval and opening of their facility.

The special seismic certification number is OSP-0083-10, and can be viewed at The ABB pre-approved product list is included under this OSP number.

This OSP supplements ABB, Inc.’s current seismic certification by The VMC Group, Certified Seismic Qualification Agency listed on an ICC Accredited listing site, for compliance to the seismic requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) versions 2000, 2003, 2006 & 2009. These code requirements have been adopted by all 50 states in the U.S. This powerful combination of qualifications gives architects, engineers, and owners confidence at the very start of the design process that their project will comply with critical, OSHPD seismic requirements for California hospitals, CBC and IBC projects in the U.S.

ABB, Automation Products, Low-Voltage Drives, is a leading supplier to the U.S. HVAC market, and has connected tens of thousands of drives to building automation systems via serial communications. In the USA, ABB, New Berlin, Wisconsin, supplies a complete line of energy-efficient electric drives and motors to HVAC and commercial customers through an integrated channel of sales representatives. Products manufactured include AC variable frequency drives from fractional to 550 horsepower. HVAC single-motor drive applications include supply & return fans (air handlers), exhaust fans, fume hoods, re-circulation pumps, condenser fans; multiple-motor applications include multi-cell cooling towers, paralleled chilled water, and booster pump systems.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.