ABB's Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA has now been sold to more than 4000 new and existing customers in a diverse range of industries. This figure includes new system installations, as well as existing ABB system evolutions to 800xA since the introduction of the System 800xA in 2004.
System 800xA is said to have improved industrial productivity, safety and operational profitability for customers in process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, cement, mining, traditional electric and water utilities, as well as alternative energy production such as solar, waste-to-energy and bioethanol.
Built for integration from the ground up, the System 800xA serves as the foundation for a number of industry-specific applications as well as for major composite plant systems such as integrated process and electrical automation. By integrating these systems on the common 800xA platform, customers optimise the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems and see additional benefits in terms of reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.
Larry O'Brien, Research Director for Process Industries at ARC, says: "The integration of power management and automation on the common 800xA platform delivers on the value proposition of sustainable manufacturing in terms of operational improvement, efficiency and cost savings. The combination of System 800xA with ABB's other automation and power offerings makes ABB a leading supplier for electrical integration for customers in a wide variety of industries."
Recent System 800xA projects include a fully integrated automation and electrical power system for Drake Cement's new plant in Arizona, integrated automation for SQM's new fertiliser processing plant in Chile, and mine hoist control for LKAB's iron mine in northern Sweden.
Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division, says: "The continued success of our Extended Automation System 800xA underscores the significant productivity and performance improvement benefits it provides to our customers across all industries. It is a core element in our vast portfolio of process automation solutions and services to help our customers succeed and thrive in today's competitive global marketplace."
ABB also recently signed an exclusive $61million framework agreement with Petrobras to supply the System 800xA for process automation systems and related services to eight oil refineries in Brazil over the next five years.
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