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ABB's System 800xA integrates process and electrical control

October 7, 2008 – ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA serves as the foundation for integrated process and electrical automation; it provides a platform for unified operations to increase productivity and power reliability for process manufacturing customers in all industries. The combination of these systems into one yields significant savings for customers in terms of costs and manpower.

By integrating these 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. In addition to overall operational advantages, the initial investment costs for an integrated system can be 20% less than the cost of two non-integrated systems.

System 800xA’s unique information integration and visualization capabilities make it possible to connect the electrical power control system, so that operators can view and control both systems in one user interface. Integrated process and electrical systems makes it possible to run power management applications in the process automation system, providing a robust, reliable power control system that reduces the possibility of power interruptions or blackouts while optimizing all operations and assets, including the ones of the electrical part of the plant.

“By using System 800xA as the integration foundation for power management and automation, our customers can realize tremendous operational advantages in terms of engineering effort and costs, increased optimization of all process and electrical assets, and streamlined maintenance, to name a few,” said Mats Pettersson, Product Manager System 800xA, ABB. “Integration of these systems provides our customers with continuous cost and manpower savings throughout their lifecycle; all of these benefits support the goal of sustainable manufacturing.”

System 800xA fully supports IEC 61850, the global communication standard for Power Distribution and Substation Automation. It includes a recently released IEC 61850 interface that fully integrates switchgear and protection Intelligent Electrical Devices (IED) for the power distribution side of an industrial plant. System 800xA has always supported regular electrical devices for the process side of the plant, such as variable-speed drives, motor controllers and low-voltage circuit breakers to enhance equipment effectiveness and improve access to vital equipment and system data without the need for gateways, serial interfaces or hardwiring.

Since its introduction in 2004, System 800xA has improved industrial productivity, safety, and operational profitability for customers in virtually every industry, 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. It has been sold to more than 4,000 new and existing customers around the world.

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 115,000 people.
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