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Headlines from March 26, 2013 Show News

ABB-PW13-JoeHogan-thumb.jpgCEO Hogan Bullish on ABB Outlook

To fight all the economic, political and technical turmoil battering people, companies, governments and regions, ABB Group and ABB North America's leaders stressed their commitment to serving their customers and increasing organic growth, continuing aggressive investment in R&D and disciplined acquisitions, and maintaining the personal integrity to keep these promises. » Read more

ABB-PW13-LeanEnergy-thumb.jpgLean Manufacturing's Unexpected Windfall

"I usually talk about how lean manufacturing makes companies more profitable and gives them a competitive advantage," began Charles Cohon, CEO of Prime Devices Corp. in his presentation at ABB Automation & Power World this week in Orlando, Fla. "But today, let's talk about carbon footprint—the amount of electricity you use, the fossil fuel you burn, raw material utilization, water usage, sewer emissions—things like that." » Read more

ABB-PW13-Jokab-thumb.jpgThere's Room for Safety in Lean Manufacturing

When it comes to lean manufacturing, there's a seemingly never-ending stream of phrases to identify the various methodologies—5S, kanbans, value-stream mapping, spaghetti diagrams, kaizen, kaikaku...the list goes on and on. "But we don't see safety in there anywhere," said John McHale, engineering manager for ABB Jokab Safety. "A lot of times, it's an afterthought." » Read more

ABB-PW13-RomanWajda-thumb.jpgBaldor Solution Drives Cooling Tower Performance

Nearly a decade ago, Baldor Electric Co. set out to simplify and redesign the ubiquitous right-angle gearboxes widely used in industry to transmit power to cooling tower fans. But a funny thing happened on the way to a new gearbox design, according to Roman Wajda: The gearbox was eliminated altogether in favor of an innovative direct motor drive solution that achieved significant gains in energy efficiency and dramatically improved reliability. » Read more

ABB-PW13-TerryWatson-thumb.jpgPLCs Help Optimize Alternative Energy Processes

Energy providers are trying to increase the amount of power available at the places where it's needed, with fewer people manning the switches. It's in this capacity that programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are finding increased usage, optimizing the processes that help wind turbines, solar farms and more to produce the most energy with the least amount of resources, explained Terry Watson, account manager at ABB. » Read more

Headlines from March 27, 2013 Show News

APP-PW13-Shawn-Henry-thumb.jpgEver More Data, but Still Cyber Vulnerable

After hearing Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike Services, give dire warnings about the rampant threats to network infrastructures and the data they hold, IBM's Michael Valocchi wondered aloud whether perhaps we should just keep all that big data to ourselves at  ABB Automation & Power World this week. » Read more

ABB-PW13-Peter-Reynolds-thu.jpgMoving Your Historian to the Cloud — Carefully

It's good to learn about a place before you move there — especially if you're a process historian that's thinking about moving its data to the cloud. Unfortunately, many potential users still don't know exactly what "the cloud" is, how it works, how they could benefit from using it, and how they can do so securely and safely. » Read more

ABB-PW13-Tobias-Becker-thum.jpgOperator Is Focus of Latest System 800xA Enhancements

"We see demographic change, fewer available operators available and shorter attention spans," began Tobias Becker, senior vice president, global business unit manager, control technologies, for ABB in his review of the latest enhancements to company's 800xA automation platform at this week's ABB Automation & Power World. » Read more

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