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ABB Process Automation

Howard Road
Eaton Socon
St Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19 8EU
United Kingdom

Telephone : 01480 475321
Fax : 01480 218361
Email : enquires@gb.abb.com
Web : www.abb.com


Editorial archive;

Never ignore your instruments 26/04/2017
Alan Hunt warns of the danger of ignoring what your instruments are telling you.  Full Story...

Self-powered transmitter opens up new installation possibilities 25/09/2013
ABB has developed a standalone, self-powered temperature transmitter with WirelessHART, which is said to offer a cost effective and maintenance-free alternative to wired or battery-powered devices. Full Story...

Online selector tool simplifies specification of temperature instruments 19/08/2013
Making it simpler to specify the right temperature instrumentation for applications in the oil and gas industry, ABB has introduced the TSP411 temperature sensor and the TSW400 thermowell. Full Story...

Remote monitoring of critical instruments with wireless adapters 10/07/2012
The introduction of FieldKey wireless adapters from ABB has allowed Lafarge Plasterboard to monitor critical field instruments remotely from the plant control room. Full Story...

Upgraded control systems help cut the cost of iron production 13/09/2011
Tata Steel has succeeded in cutting the cost of iron production at its Scunthorp plant. Full Story...

ABB is Main Instrumentation and Automation Contractor for gas storage facility 31/05/2011
A gas storage facility in Cheshire, UK, designed to hold over 400 million cubic metres of gas, will be controlled by ABB System 800xA along with ABB Instrumentation. Full Story...

ABB wins $58 million oil and gas order in Australia 26/04/2011
Automation and telecommunication systems to maximise efficiency of new natural gas project. Full Story...

DCS and PLC/SCADA - a comparison in use 22/03/2011
It may surprise you to know that PLC, HMI and SCADA implementations today are consistently proving more expensive than DCS for the same process or batch application. CEE finds out more. Full Story...

ABB retains leading distributed control system market share worldwide for 2009 02/11/2010
The newest version of ARC Advisory Group’s ‘Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook,’ study, ABB retained its leading worldwide market position in this core automation market. Full Story...

Online tutorial explains how to choose between mass and volume flow 28/10/2010
ABB Measurement Products has launched its next generation of combustion gas analyzers for industrial and utility boiler applications. Featuring a revised sensor design and an increased choice of probe lengths up to 4m, the Endura AZ20 expands ABB's offering to a new range of high temperature applications up to 800°C. Full Story...

Integrated solution for monitoring, testing and management of emergency shutdown valves 14/10/2010
ABB is collaborating with Dresser Masoneilan, to produce an integrated process to monitor, test and manage emergency shutdown valves (ESDV) during all operational conditions - from normal plant operations to abnormal situations. These valves are crucial process elements for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, as well as many other industrial processes. Full Story...

ABB automation and power solutions help Elkem Solar establish production in Norway 03/08/2010
Integrated process automation based on System 800xA, safety and power for silicon production line to maximise capacity while increasing energy efficiency. Full Story...

ABB’s System 800xA sales exceed 6,000; latest version now available 20/07/2010
Newest release of extended automation system leverages the power of integration for customers in all industries to improve performance and usability. Full Story...

ABB introduces ‘research grade’ spectrometer 06/07/2010
Aimed at pharmaceutical and life science applications, this FT-NIR (Fourier transform near-infrared) spectrometer is said to provide “exceptionally accurate measurements” and is guaranteed to operate for ten years without any scheduled maintenance. Full Story...

ABB to purchase American level instrument company 05/06/2010
Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division, announced his company has agreed to acquire K-TEK, which specialises in level instrumentation for the oil and gas industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the agreement is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Mr. Reinikkala said he expected the purchase would be completed by the end of June, 2010. Full Story...

OPINION: The future is integrated operations 17/02/2010
Automation vendors, EPCs and end-users can no long ignore integrated operations. Here Colin Pearson of ABB Ltd, puts forward operational, technical and organisational arguments as to why this approach is important for the future of the process industries automation strategy. Full Story...

STW cuts costs with pump management 18/01/2010
Severn Trent Water (STW) in the UK claimed savings of up to £2,400 (€2,700) a week when it overhauled its pump maintenance with control software from ABB. The utility company implemented the software following the installation of four submersible foul pumps at its sewage treatment works in Worcester. Full Story...

Refinery upgrades electrical and process control infrastructure 12/01/2010
ABB to provide integrated electrical and automation solutions to optimise production at Elefsina refinery in Greece. Full Story...

Driving Plant Optimisation with Advanced Process Control 14/12/2009
Once largely limited to petro and chemical plants, APC use has grown. Economic more than technical issues are key motives. Full Story...

ABB cpmPlus Smart Client now available as upgrade 30/11/2009
ABB’s IndustrialIT cpmPlus Smart Client is now available as an included upgrade for System 800xA Automation Sentinel software management program subscribers that have a specific history option. Full Story...

ABB reorganises its automation divisions 27/11/2009
Joe Hogan, ABB’s chief executive officer, says his company is reorganising its automation divisions effective 1 Jan 2010. The business units currently in the Automation Products and Robotics divisions will be regrouped into two new divisions – Low Voltage Products and Discrete Automation and Motion. Full Story...

Cutting the cost of an orifice meter installation 14/11/2009
A conventional orifice flowmeter installation can have over 25 separate components, each presenting one or more potential leakage paths. Full Story...

ABB's 800xA controls biofuel manufacturer's food waste to fuel conversion process 17/09/2009
Small, remote-controlled bioethanol plants use local food waste to make a low-carbon gasoline and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Full Story...

ABB’s new OriMaster calculators 04/09/2009
ABB has released online calculators showing how its new OriMaster single-piece orifice flowmeter can help plant operators achieve dramatic cost savings compared to conventional, multi-piece orifice flowmeter technologies. Full Story...

Ethernet Enthusiasm: Will it Saturate the Plant? 26/08/2009
Zealous Ethernet champions see the day when all instruments, actuators, and controllers are connected in one vast harmonious plant network—and, by natural extension, to the Internet. Never mind Profibus, serial communications, or 4-20 mA: they will all fade away. Full Story...

Winds of Change for Power and Control 18/08/2009
Drives and controls aspect of wind power technology provides new engineering challenges and lessons as more multi-megawatt, utility-scale wind turbines come online. Frank J. Bartos, consulting editor at Control Engineering, reports. Full Story...

ABB underlines oil and gas expertise at Offshore Europe 2009 14/08/2009
ABB Limited will be showcasing its vast offering for oil and gas applications at Offshore Europe 2009 (Stand 663, September 8 to 11, at the Conference centre, Aberdeen). Visitors to the stand will see a comprehensive selection of ABB’s latest products for both surface and sub-surface applications, including several new developments.Read more Full Story...

ABB secures its 20th TÜV Safety Engineer in the UK 28/07/2009
ABB in the UK now has 20 functional safety engineers approved by TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s specialists in the assessment and certification of organisations, products and staff to functional safety management standards. Read more Full Story...

Brewery back on track with EMR 28/07/2009
A motor failure that sparked a Bank Holiday nightmare for Fuller Smith and Turner’s Griffin brewery was solved by EMR Silverthorn who came to the rescue with an ABB replacement. A 200kW motor in the glycol based cooling plant of the brewery in Chiswick, UK failed at noon on the Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend. Full Story...

ABB leaps to rescue as converter fails 21/07/2009
United Utilities Operational Services (UUOS) in Wales supplies thousands of homes throughout the country with clean water. The company recently turned to ABB, when a converter unexpectedly failed, in search of a speedy resolution to the halt in the treatment process. Full Story...

New ABB orifice flow meter 30/06/2009
The cost of installing orifice plate flow meters has been cut by up to 40% with the launch of ABB’s OriMaster Compact Orifice DP flow meter. The latest in ABB’s new FlowMaster range, the OriMaster is a one-piece flow meter. Full Story...

Desalination plant bolsters Algerian drinking water 23/06/2009
ABB will provide a turnkey electrical solution to power a large desalination plant in the western Oran region of Algeria as part of an order worth $28 million, according to the power and automation group. The reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant has a capacity of 500,000 cubic metres per day to provide drinking water for five million people. Full Story...

ABB solar solution soaks up Spanish sun 09/06/2009
ABB is tackling the effects of greenhouse gas emissions delivering and commissioning the one megawatt Totana photovoltaic power plant located in Murcia, Spain. In a year, Totana produces 2.2 gigawatt-hours of grid quality electric power and displaces 1,350 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Full Story...

ABB and GE scoop massive oil contract 01/06/2009
ABB has joined forces with GE Oil & Gas to win $80 million worth of contracts from Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO). ABB and GE will supply electrical systems and services, as well as compressors and drive trains for new gas lift and gas injection facilities at the Asab and Sahil fields. Full Story...

Safety DCS available 99.9999 per cent of the time 03/05/2009
ABB say it commissioned the first plant with a safety-oriented control system in 1979, and so it has three decades of experience in developing and planning safety-oriented systems. At Hannover Messe, it introduced its latest safety integrated system, called the HI, which is certified compliant with SIL3. Full Story...

Southern Water cleans up 30/04/2009
Southern Water boosted monitoring and safety of water supplies throughout Kent, Hampshire and Sussex, undertaking extensive monitoring of water turbidity. The Worthing headquartered water company says that monitoring turbidity will reduce the chance of potentially harmful organisms getting into the public water supply. Full Story...

ABB scoops million-dollar contract for ‘pioneering’ project 30/04/2009
ABB has scooped a $14 million (€11) order to complete an electrical balance of an Algerian solar power plant. The order was placed by Spanish company UTE Aberer Hassi R’Mel Construction for the plant at a natural gas field in Northern Algeria. Full Story...

Doing more than flow 30/11/2008
To compensate for fluctuations in pressure, temperature, viscosity, and density, flowmeters are taking extra sensors on board. Full Story...

Connecting temperature sensors to fieldbus 29/11/2008
Getting temperature measurements and sensor parameters into digital format is the thrust of recent announcements by major instrument manufacturers. Full Story...

Bioreactors revolutionise waste management in Australia 05/11/2008
A groundbreaking bioconversion technology processes municipal waste into high-grade compost and, at the same time, generates emissions-free electric power from waste biogas. Full Story...

ABB signs $20m power contract in Albania 03/11/2008
ABB says it has signed a $20-million (€16 m) contract with the operator of Albania’s electricity transmission network for a system that will improve the reliability of the grid by monitoring and controlling high-voltage transmission. Full Story...

Flowmeter stabilises ‘noisy’ slurry flow 14/10/2008
Replacing a faulty electromagnetic flowmeter with one of a new advanced design helped eliminate erratic flow signals, resulting in improved control of a catalyst slurry flow. Full Story...

Automating solar cell chemical technology 01/08/2008
A recent site expansion at Evonik Industries will enable the company to triple production of ultra-pure chlorosilanes, raw material used in the production of photovoltaic (PV) silicon. Full Story...

ABB appoints Joseph Hogan as new CEO 17/07/2008
The Board of Directors of ABB Ltd. announced today that Joseph M. Hogan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the ABB Group. Full Story...

FTIR keeps industrial processes under tight control 07/07/2008
FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) analytical devices measure and monitor the precise quantities of gases, liquids and solids in complex industrial applications – from semiconductor manufacturing to gasoline blending and remote sensing satellites. Full Story...

New project: New control platform to increase production efficiency, flexibility 24/06/2008
PA Resins AB has ordered a new automation system based on ABB’s System 800xA to improve the operations of its phenolic and amino resins plant in Perstorp, Sweden. The new system will reportedly help increase overall productivity, as well as integrate the plant’s production and business systems. Full Story...

Controlled efficiency: Power controls; biodiesel process simulation; steel 27/05/2008
Automation technologies are helping power transmission and a bio-refinery and steel mill in the Baltic Sea, Sweden, and Finland, thanks to separate efforts from ABB, Invensys, and Honeywell. Full Story...

RIL gets ‘live upgrade’ 22/05/2008
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has selected ABB’s System 800xA Extended Automation as part of a control system upgrade for its linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant at Patalganga, India. Full Story...

Temperature equipment goes north 25/03/2008
Statoil has installed over 1,000 RTDs (Resistant Thermometer Devices) for its first offshore development in the Barents Sea. The Snohvit project is the world’s most northerly liquefied natural gas facility and the RTDs, from ABB, will be used for measurement of process temperatures, loading and offloading monitoring, spill detection and environmental protection. Full Story...

Tutorial: Conductivity sensors 20/02/2008
There are three liquid characteristics that are often thought of together, although they are different and use different sensor technology. Conductivity, ORP, and pH all have to do with specific chemical characteristics, but measuring each in a process stream requires its own approach. Control Engineering explains... Full Story...

Controller gets Mu Approval after Demonstrating Security Benefits 04/12/2007
ABB’s AC 800M controller has achieved Mu Security’s Industrial Control (MUSIC) Foundation-level Certification. The recently introduced MUSIC certification enables critical infrastructure and process control-focused organisations to verify a range of network equipment and application protocols to meet industry-defined best practices for security, robustness and resiliency testing. Full Story...

Wallraf gets top spot on FDT board 31/10/2007
Hartmut Wallraf has been elected chairman of the board of the FDT Group. Chief of technology and vice president of EMEA operations at Invensys, Wallraf replaces Hartmut Wuttig, board member for ABB. Full Story...

ABB scoops $110 million contract 15/10/2007
E.ON Kraftwerke has placed a $110 million (approximately €77 million or £54 million) order with ABB, for a power converter system due to be delivered in 2010. Full Story...

BG-Group gets system upgrade 26/09/2007
BG-Group has upgraded monitoring and control systems for its Armada North Sea Gas Platform with a five-year Evolution plan from ABB. Full Story...

Petrom gets ABB on-side for Romanian terminal sites 03/09/2007
Petrom SA has ordered fully integrated automation systems and related design, as well as engineering and installation services, worth $4.9 million (approximately €3.6m or £2.4m) for pilot terminal sites in Romania. Full Story...

ABB highlights control console before exhibition 22/08/2007
ABB has flagged up its extended operator control console as the highlight of its stand at the forthcoming Offshore Europe show. Full Story...

ABB targets life sciences 23/07/2007
ABB claims to reduce cycle times and production costs for the life sciences industry with the introduction of new technology. Full Story...

Countering silica's foul play 01/06/2007
Silica is all too often a prime cause of reduced efficiency and failure of power generation plant. Just one part per million, if unchecked, could stop a major power plant. Proper instrumentation can alleviate the problem. Full Story...

Corus scoops Pantek award 01/04/2007
Corus Automation Solutions, part of Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES), has received an award in recognition of a recent upgrade to control and automation systems at its Scunthorpe steelmaking plant. Full Story...

ABB scoops $210 million contract 19/12/2006
Power and automation group ABB has won a contract with an Algerian oil and gas company to expand existing compressor and power systems in a deal worth $210 million. This will, say ABB, boost Sonatrach’s natural gas output and exports. Full Story...

Cooper joins forces with ABB 05/12/2006
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company has drafted in ABB, in a deal worth $53m, to manage maintenance operations at its plant in Georgia, US. Full Story...

Finally, ABB launches its own controllers brand of programmable 01/10/2006
The AC500 is all dressed up and ready to set its foot into the world of machine controllers. Full Story...

Giving operators the BIG picture 01/04/2006
You’ve heard of operator interface screens, now take a look at this operator interface wall. Full Story...