- June 12, 2018
June 12, 2018 - ABB introduced its new digital technology at ACHEMA, combining an orchestration layer and a module layer integrated with the technology of module type packages (MTPs).
The new modular automation system is designed for pharmaceutical plants, biotech manufacturers, fine chemical factories and food and beverage industries. It is the first time that ABB offers a solution based on the modular automation concept to automate and orchestrate intelligent modules tailored to the plant’s manufacturing needs. The new solution also offers seamless integration with many existing systems, offering less downtime during implementation. The result is less support and troubleshooting and an improvement of run-time within the plant.
The module layer contains a number of intelligent modules described as standardized MTP technology, each of which has different facets including human-machine interface (HMI), services for supervisory control, history, diagnostics and archiving. Within the intelligent modules, controllers from ABB’s Freelance range are implemented using MTP technology.
These pre-automated intelligent modules can be added, arranged and adjusted according to production needs.
The orchestration layer is a combination of operations and supervisory control of the modules. ABB Ability System 800xA operates the process and orchestrates the intelligent modules. The System 800xA operations HMI functionality is enabled for operator effectiveness which allows for decisions based on access to data. Batch management applications can be used to improve batch production. Alarm management and a capacity and secure data storage for processing information is also available.
An open architecture backbone links the orchestration layer to the module layer with communication via OPC UA. Modular enabled automation eliminates the non-standard interfaces. About ABB
ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.