The Power of Integration in the Digital Era


Experience the Power of Integration enhanced by Digital!

From device to edge to cloud, the key to harnessing the power of integration is making sense of vast amounts of data. This Knowledge Center will provide information on integration and how the new digital technologies are enabling new levels of efficiency and profitability.


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Harnessing the Power of Digitalization

Oil & Gas leaders need to make the right investments in technology in order to thrive in the “new normal” of low oil prices.
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Information exploitation

New data processing techniques can have a major positive impact on plant service.
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Electrification and Automation: The Case for Integration

The convergence of communication protocols and underlying technologies in the arenas of process automation and electrical controls.
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The Role of Automation Systems in Management of Change

In order for change to have the positive impact as was originally intended, the risk that is associated with making the change must be mitigated.
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The Power of Integration

The power of integration lies in what can be achieved when information is made available, in context, to all of the systems and individuals responsible for managing production.
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Video Learning

Get some pointers on how to choose a control strategy for your next project.

Learn how to increase operator effectiveness by integrating video, CCTV, phone and alarms.

How to monitor and control electrical power with process control system technology.


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Featured Products

ABB Ability™ System 800xA

System 800xA is a distributed control system (DCS) with an integration platform at its core.
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Select I/O & xStream Engineering

ABB’s new ethernet based single channel I/O with innovative engineering tools for optimized project execution.
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Digital Expertise ensures Success!

The key to success when implementing IIoT solutions is expertise. Deep industry knowledge, integration capabilities PLUS the enabling technologies is what makes a great partner is solving production, operations and maintenance problems.

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Achieving financial gain with Pulp & Paper Automation Systems

As a result of ABB’s experience, we have noticed significant trends in services needed to extend the life cycle of an automation system as well as improving the performance of those automation and QCS solutions.
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Integration Drives Value in Oil, Gas and Chemical Projects

In a market with depressed prices and a high level of uncertainty going forward, it is more important than ever that major capital projects come in on time and on budget.
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Integrated Operations in the Maritime Industry

The previously conservative maritime industry is now tapping into the possibilities of connectivity and digitalization due to improved satellite coverage and cloud computing.
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The Journey of Mining 2.0

Mining 2.0 addresses an industry in transformation with solutions for the whole value chain and with the vision of creating an “ore factory”
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Technology Enabled Advanced Services help Solve Problems

This paper presents the state of the art of predictive notification for process industries producers, and how best-in-class technology-enabled services can utilize predictive notification to protect production.
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ABB Corporate Research: Mining Millions of Alarms

Alarm management has become an important field in the automation domain. Its purpose is to improve the alarm system of a process control system (e.g., of a chemical plant) with regard to usability and safety.
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Expert Resources

Oil & Gas Handbook

An introduction to oil and gas production, transport, refining and petrochemical industry. Download now.


System 800xA Hardware Selector

Interactive website that helps users identify exact hardware part numbers by specification. Download now.


System 800xA Solutions Handbook

Informational hardbook covering general topics of interest to anyone who works in process control. Download now.


Aspect Object Technology for Industry 4.0

White paper describing the basics of aspect object technology and how ABB has applied it to distributed control. Download now.


CPAS Book by Martin Hollender (ISA)

Text book on Collaborative Process Automation Systems (CPAS) authored by Dr. Martin Hollender of ABB. Download now.


ABB Service YouTube Channel

Collection of training videos on DCS optimization and service topics by ABB experts. Watch now.


ABB Control Systems YouTube Channel

Playlist of informational videos on System 800xA and it's extended automation functionality. Watch now.


Understanding Process Safety

Process safety and all of the related standards can be daunting. This Knowledge Center aims to provide a selection of articles, white papers and videos that will help both new and experienced safety professional alike navigate these complicated topics.

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Balancing the Demands of Reliability

Integration of control systems with external systems has value but increases the need for focus on cyber security for substation automation, protectio and control systems.
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Integrated Safety — How a simpler system can increase effectiveness

Managing changes, maintenance and security of a safety system can be well serviced by implementing and integrated control and safety system.
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Best Practices in Industrial Information System Security

This paper explains security objectives, attack types and counter measures; best practices in protecting against certain types of attacks, and emerging standards for automation system security.
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Integrated and Safe Operations in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

An emerging Oil & Gas trend is Integrated Operations characterized by increased cooperation, between operators, maintenance personnel, electricians, production management.
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Integrated SIS: Perfect Companion for Batch Processes

Integrating the DCS / Batch system with the SIS is both safer and faster than when integration is not available.
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Independent Layers of Protection with Integrated SIS

Review of industry requirements throughout the safety lifecycle, and the design requirements on the safety system to provide the most comprehensive platform for process safety management.
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Featured White Papers

Expected and Unintended Effects of Instrumented Safety ProtectionsExpected and Unintended Effects of Instrumented Safety Protections

Programmable safety related systems have been standard elements of process industries automation for decades to achieve risk reduction when implemented ESD, BMS etc.
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Functional Safety is so much more than using certified hardwareFunctional Safety Is So Much More Than Using Certified Hardware

This white paper is meant to serve as a brief tutorial explaining how IEC61511/ISA84 directs owner’s activities and work practices.
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Human Factors and the Impact on Plant SafetyHuman Factors and the Impact on Plant Safety

Industry relies on human ability to respond to the unexpected, to handle the odd conditions and ask the right questions to fix the problems at hand while still remaining safe.
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Rocky relationship between Safety and SecurityRocky relationship between Safety and Security

This paper will discuss the methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the BPCS DO NOT compromise Functional Independence.
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Is Your Current Safety System Compliant to Today's Safety Standard? Is Your Current Safety System Compliant to Today’s Safety Standard?

This paper covers changes brought about by adoption of today’s safety standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 / ISA 84) and what it means to the installed base.
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How to Secure Your Control SystemHow to Secure Your Control System

Today, control systems are being connected to enterprise networks to allow business users access to real-time plant data. This integration, however, is not without its risks.
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Digital Collaboration

Integration of systems and data, when done right, can help operations collaborate better and become more efficient. The articles and white papers in this Knowledge Center help make sense of the data and how it can be used for the greater good of Operations.

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Improving operator effectiveness through alarm life-cycle support

Having good management-of-change and life-cycle support in place makes it possible to keep the alarm system consistent with the changing reality in the plant and allows continuous improvement.
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3-D Visualization Enhances Production Operations

3-D visualization can help production teams overcome communication challenges and improve efficiency by mitigating the limits of paper-based operations and providing a digital means of accessing and interpreting vital information.
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The operator in focus - using an intelligent & smart ergonomic workplace

It has been found, after countless accidents and incidents, some including fatalities, that it is the actions (or sometimes the lack of action) of the system users who more often than not are the actual pre-cursors to the events actually occurring.
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Improving operations and maintenance with Remote Optimization

Effective maintenance programs and finely tuned operations are two elements that are critical in keeping plants running and running efficiently. Remote services play a large role in this.
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Collaborating in a New Dimension

New technology is being deployed into Control Rooms every day; technology that brings significant increases in productivity as well as the ability to troubleshoot and do root cause analysis.
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Control Room Convergence

Few industrial sectors have grown as rapidly as the data center business. From mere “computer rooms” 20 years ago, data centers have become sophisticated, highly specialized, standalone installations.
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Featured White Papers

The Power of Integration

System 800xA Extended Automation is an integration platform with unparalleled connectivity to enterprise and plant systems, applications, and devices that provides a collaborative environment where real-time decision making is a reality.
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Operator Effectiveness: The next frantier of process automation

The same scenario plays out every day in control rooms around the world. From the start, little thought has been given to human factors in the control room layout, the operator stations and even less to the user interface design.
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Assess Complex Process Situations in the Blink of an Eye

The concept of Mass Data Displays has been around for quite some time, however usage in the process industries has been limited due to the effort of configuration and calibration.
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Maximize process automation lifecycle

Process automation is essential to operating any complex production process. The sophistication and power of process automation enables vastly improved productivity, quality and cost control.
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Benefits of State Based Control

State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process.
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