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ABB System 800xA sales exceed 5,000

ABB System 800xA sales exceed 5,000
June 11, 2009 — Since its introduction five years ago, ABB’s Industrial Extended Automation System 800xA has been sold to more than 5,000 new and existing ABB customers in a diverse range of industries. This figure includes new system installations, as well as existing ABB system evolutions to 800xA.

ABB’s flagship automation system has improved industrial productivity, safety, and operational profitability for customers in virtually every industry and every region, from process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, cement, and mining to traditional electric and water utilities to alternative energy production such as solar, waste-to-energy and bioethanol.

System 800xA serves as the foundation for a number of unique industry-specific automation applications. Designed from the beginning to act as an extended automation integration capability, it has proven to be well-suited for major composite plant systems and integrated process and electrical power systems.

“With its ability to integrate process and power systems on one unified platform, System 800xA provides our customers with key competitive advantages such as improved energy efficiency, process reliability as well as overall productivity,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “The widespread market acceptance of System 800xA over the last five years demonstrates how this innovative approach to automation has filled a real productivity need across virtually all industry sectors.”

By integrating power and process systems on the common 800xA platform, customers optimize the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs. Typical savings can result in a 20% reduction in CAPEX (capital expenditures) and OPEX (operating expenditures).

Several recent System 800xA projects include a fully integrated automation and electrical power system for PTT Chemical’s Electrical Power and Steam combined cycle power plant near Bangkok, Thailand, power plant control for eSolar’s Sierra commercial demonstration facility in California, and integrated process and electrical systems for E.ON Benelux N.V.’s new high-efficiency power plant in the Netherlands. System 800xA will also help to double production at Boliden’s Aitik copper mine in northern Sweden, and help Vale maximize productivity at its new coal mine in Mozambique.

ABB recently announced that it won $223 million contract from Sonatrach, the Algerian oil and gas company, for three gas plants in Algeria; the scope of supply includes integrated control systems based on System 800xA for the new and existing facilities.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, marine and turbocharging.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.
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