By Bernhard Eschermann, ABB Industrial Automation
Analyst studies suggest that industrial companies typically are able to use only 20 percent of the data generated, which severely limits their ability to apply data analytics meaningfully. ABB’s new solution operates as a digital data convergence point where streams of information from diverse sources across the plant and enterprise are put into context through a unified analytics model. Application of artificial intelligence on this data produces meaningful insights for prediction and optimization that improve business performance.
The ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite is a scalable advanced analytics platform with pre-built, easy-to-use applications and services. It collects, contextualizes, and converts operational, engineering and information technology data into actionable insights that help industries improve operations, optimize asset management, and streamline business processes safely and sustainably.
A LIBRARY OF APPLICATIONS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
“We believe that the place to start a data analytics journey in the process, energy, and hybrid industries is by building on the existing digital technology—the automation that controls the production processes,” says Peter Terwiesch, president of ABB Industrial Automation. “We see a huge opportunity for our customers to use their data from operations better, by combining it with engineering and information technology data for multi-dimensional decision making. This new approach will help our customers make literally billions of better decisions.”
ABB Ability Genix is composed of a data analytics platform and applications, supplemented by ABB services, that help customers decide which assets, processes, and risk profiles can be improved, and assists customers in designing and applying those analytics. Featuring a library of applications, customers can subscribe to a variety of analytics on demand, as business needs dictate, speeding up the traditional process of requesting and scheduling support from suppliers.
THE COMBINED POWER OF DATA AND AI
Scalable from plant to enterprise, ABB Ability Genix supports a variety of deployments including cloud, hybrid, and on-premise. ABB Ability Genix leverages Microsoft Azure for integrated cloud connectivity and services through ABB’s strategic partnership with Microsoft.
“The ABB Ability Genix Suite brings unique value by unlocking the combined power of diverse data, domain knowledge, technology, and AI,” says Rajesh Ramachandran, chief digital officer for ABB Industrial Automation. “ABB Ability Genix helps asset-intensive producers with complex processes to make timely and accurate decisions through deep analytics and optimization across the plant and enterprise.
“We have designed this modular and flexible suite so that customers at different stages in their digitalization journey can adopt ABB Ability Genix to accelerate business outcomes while protecting existing investments.”
MAKING THE MOST OF OPERATIONAL DATA
A key component of ABB Ability Genix is the ABB Ability Edgenius Operations Data Manager that connects, collects, and analyzes operational technology data at the point of production. ABB Ability Edgenius uses data generated by operational technology such as DCS and devices to produce analytics that improve production processes and asset utilization. ABB Ability Edgenius can be deployed on its own, or integrated with ABB Ability Genix so that operational data is combined with other data for strategic business analytics.
There is great value in data generated by automation that controls real-time production. With ABB Ability Edgenius, we can pull data from these real-time control systems and make it available to predict issues and prescribe actions that help us use assets better and fine-tune production processes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Bernhard Eschermann is chief technology officer for ABB Industrial Automation. ABB’s Industrial Automation business offers a broad range of products, systems, and solutions for customers in the process and hybrid industries. These include industry-specific services, as well as measurement and analytics, marine, and turbocharging offerings. With deep domain knowledge, experience and expertise, ABB Industrial Automation helps customers increase their competitiveness, improve their return on investment, and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. For more information, visit www.abb.com.
MODERN PUMPING TODAY, October 2020
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