ABB opens smart factory for electrical safety and energy efficiency products in Bangalore

In line with ABB’s sustainability commitments and the Make in India push for best in class global technology, the factory will be key in ensuring electrical protection, energy efficiency and boosting the productivity of data and power-hungry facilities across the country.

ABB Indiahas inaugurated one of the first smart factories in Bangalore for theproduction of electrical protection and connection solutions. The facility willbe located on the existing factory premises of Nelamangala in Bangalore, the start-upand IT capital of India. The smart factory enables continuous monitoring of theproduction process through visualization of operational data, to increaseefficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing process.  

The smartproduction line can track and display operational performance parameters acrossthe entire manufacturing chain in real time. The factory also has digitallifecycle management with interconnected automation components, machines aswell as data about processes and products. Real-time feeds monitor the entiremanufacturing process. 

Remoteaccess and wireless communication with Radio Frequency Identification Devices(RFID) manage the production process, work orders and testing parameters.Taking the Make in India initiative to the next level of precision and smarttechnology, the newest member of the portfolio, Emax 2, includes product linefeatures such as product assembly on track guided vehicles (TGV) powered byelectric motors on a closed loop track. 

“ABB hascontinued to invest in building capacity to cater to the evolving trends in theIndian market and bridging them with best in class global technology. At ABB,we use smart technology to make solutions that help our customers getdigital-ready,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director of ABB India.

 Thesmart factory, which is part of ABB’s manufacturing 19-acre Nelamangala campus,will house the production line for the entire range of ABB’s protection andconnection business, which helps to protect power systems from surges andenables a reliable power supply for various installations. 

TheBangalore facility will manufacture ABB’s range of air and molded case circuitbreakers, electronic and thermal relays, contactors, pilot devices and ABB’slatest range of plug and play low-voltage circuit breaker, Emax 2. The productsare key in optimizing resources, reducing energy and life-cycle costs andboosting the productivity of industrial installations across sectors likeprocess industries (cement, textile, chemicals, and metals), marine, datacenters and automotive. 

Smart,connected factories are the future of manufacturing. ABB was instrumental inkick-starting the second and third industrial revolutions and is leading itscustomers into the Fourth, where machines and factories are connected andincreasingly autonomous and self-learning. Today ABB is leading the way intothe new era with a range of products and solutions under the name ABB AbilityTM.The Ability platform leverages intelligence gathered from ABB’s vast global installedbase of 70 million connected devices and 70,000 control systems and uses thisintelligence to not only help the customers optimize operations but also usesthe insights to develop new business models. ABB AbilityTM currentlyhas more than 210 solutions. 

“Asdigitalization gains traction across Indian industries, ABB’s smart factorywill take the production of power equipment to the next level. Digitaltechnologies enabling the manufacturing of various next-generation plug andplay solutions will cater to a rapidly evolving market. Such world-class, smartfacilities will be the stepping stone for the next level of growth for thenation,” Sharma said. 

“Thissmallest and feature-rich power circuit breaker results in space savings ofabout 25 percent and a reduction in assembly time by 10 percent with networkanalysis and preventive diagnostics powered by cloud connectivity for anyinstallation,” Sharma added.

 Indiawants to increase the contribution of manufacturing to the nation’s GDP to 25percent by 2020 from 16 percent. At the same time, India experiences anincrease in adoption of cloud, mobility and analytics technologies that rely oncomputing and a storage infrastructure. Managing and controlling the powersupporting these industry requirements will need new energy managementplatforms such as the Emax 2 system. The new line of manufacturing at ABB helpsto meet these growing demands for energy management. 

ABB (ABBN:SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products,robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customersin utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuinga history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing thefuture of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringingelectricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries fromnatural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, thefully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing theboundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates inmore than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

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