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ABB to control heat and power plant at Zurich Airport

Zurich, Switzerland - July 17, 2007 - ABB’s automation system, System 800xA, will control the combined heat and power plant at Zurich Airport to ensure that one of Europe’s busiest transportation hubs – used by 19 million passengers a year – receives optimal, cost-effective heat and power.

The plant’s existing control systems, which date back to the mid-1990s and for which spare parts and software upgrades are no longer available from the vendors, will be replaced by Version 5.0 of ABB’s market-leading Extended Automation System 800xA.

“It was vitally important for the customer that the new system is future-safe and that vendor reliability and system enhancement is assured in the years to come,” says Robert Landis of ABB Service Power Generation, Switzerland.

ABB has made Evolution through Enhancement the cornerstone of its System 800xA automation platform to protect customer investment and ensure that future advances in control system technologies will enhance that investment.

Version 5 of System 800xA was launched in November 2006 and includes new functionality and advanced engineering tools that impressed airport operator, Unique.

“This and visits to reference installations at two showcase facilities – a cement works in Switzerland and a district heating plant in Sweden – convinced the customer that System 800xA was superior,” says Landis.

The solution will consist of 11 AC 800M controllers for 8,000 S800 I/O (input/output) channels, five Process Portal operator stations (including one remote and one mobile), one PP865 Process panel and one Engineering Station, and ABB’s Power Generation Information Manager software.

The 80 megawatt combined heat and power plant supplies the entire airport complex – arrival and departure halls, terminals, shopping malls, hangars, car parks, catering facilities and offices – with electric power and district heating.

Zurich Airport is home to almost 200 businesses and 20,000 staff, and is a leading European hub for more than 260,000 flights and 19.2 million passengers a year. The airport recently boosted its capacity with a new terminal and was voted one of the best airports in the world by industry peers in 2006.

System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its reach extends well beyond the realm of essential process control to production management, safety, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, information management, asset optimization, simulation, and documentation. System 800xA’s unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant. Control Engineering magazine selected System 800xA Extended Automation to receive an Editors’ Choice Award as one of the best products introduced in 2004.

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 109,000 people.
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