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Collaborative Operations for the power generation and water industries

06 March 2018

ABB launches ABB Ability Collaborative Operations for Power Generation & Water. Driven from a new ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centre in Genoa, Italy, the operating model enables power generation and water companies to improve operations and maintenance using digital technologies to collaborate with dedicated, co-located operations experts.

The Collaborative Operations Centre delivers information insights that can increase customers’ profitability and productivity through better asset performance, higher safety and security, reduced risk and lower costs. 

The push toward digitalisation has increased the amount of data available to customers. ABB Ability Collaborative Operations uses this data to provide more value to customers through information analytics, making this data more useful for driving decisions that optimise plant and fleet performance. Collaborative Operations is proven to provide:

• 20 percent extension of machine life by using immediate data analysis to better manage assets, processes and risks

• 50 percent reduction in maintenance costs by using predictive rather than preventive and reactive maintenance practices

• deeper visibility into equipment, plant and fleet performance, enabling customers to better understand performance capability and operating boundaries.   

“ABB Ability Collaborative Operations will help us bring the benefits of digitalisation to our customers in power generation and water by giving them information insights that lead to better business decisions,” said Kevin Kosisko, managing director of ABB’s power generation and water business. “We are driven to help our customers benefit from emerging digital technologies so they can respond to the changing energy market and contribute to a sustainable future.”

Collaborative Operations employs ABB technologies, software and services to automatically gather and analyse information on assets, processes and risks. Through these analytics, performance improvement areas are automatically identified, categorised and prioritised so that customers at operating sites, working with ABB experts in Collaborative Operations Centres, can take actions to ensure that each plant is operating within regulatory, load, environmental and cyber security requirements. Collaboration is scalable to customer needs, capable of being applied at a device or process level, up to plant and enterprise-wide operations.

ABB Ability is a unified, cross-industry digital platform — extending from device to edge to cloud — with systems, solutions and services that enable customers to know more, do more, do better, together. More information on Collaborative Operations and its applications can be found on ABB’s website.

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