White Papers

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  • Optimized Performance Throughout System Life Cycle

    Amidst the continued heated discussion on the pros and cons of integrated safety systems, market demand — driven by the pursuit of reduced cost, operational excellence and engineering efficiencies — continues to fuel the inevitable integration efforts. This white paper will discuss integrated safety system solutions.

    ABB
    10/14/2009
  • Refined Integration

    ABB Review takes a look at the project in Petrobras' REPAR refinery. This project is a state-of-the-art electrical integration for a refinery, it uses System 800xA and IEC 61850. Download this white paper to learn how ABB accomplished this system integration.

    ABB
    01/12/2010
  • For the Sake of the Environment and the Economy: A New SCADA System Based on System 800xA

    TVIS is a heat transmission company for the Trekantomradet geographical area of Denmark. It takes care of excess heat from the industries and power plants in the area and redistributes the heat in pipelines to households, public institutions, offices, shops and other facilities in the area. ABB in Denmark has supplied TVIS a SCADA solution based on System 800xA for controlling the district heating network. Read this white paper to learn how TVIS, in conjunction with ABB's new SCADA solution system, monitors heat transmissions remotely and safely.

    ABB
    01/20/2010
  • Optimized Performance Throughout System Life Cycle with Integrated Safety Systems

    Amidst the continued heated discussion on the pros and cons of integrated safety systems market demand - driven by the pursuit of reduced cost, operational excellence and engineering efficiencies - continue to fuel the inevitable integration efforts. This white paper will discuss integrated safety system solutions.

    ABB
    03/10/2010
  • Seven Ways Today's Distributed Control Systems (DCS) Can Improve Your Operations

    In the past, DCS systems were large, expensive and very complex. This drove many control engineers to use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human machine interface (HMI) in order to lower cost. Today, these implementations are consistently more expensive than DCS systems for the same process or batch application. Many forward thinking engineers using PLCs and HMI in process or batch applications have learned there are ways to significantly reduce costs, speed implementation and improve operations. Download this white paper to learn key advantages of DCS systems over PLC/HMI engineered systems and the typical value of each.

    ABB
    04/20/2010
  • Benefits of FF HSE With System 800xA

    Foundation Fieldbus High-Speed Ethernet (FF HSE) has been a technology available to automation system suppliers since 1999, but very few of these suppliers have provided the full features and functionality offered by this technology to their clients.

    ABB
    11/09/2010
  • Power Up Your Plant

    Often referred to as electrical integration, integrated process and power automation is a new system integration architecture and power strategy that addresses the needs of the process and power generation industries. This paper discusses how a single integrated system can increase energy efficiency; improve plant uptime and lower life cycle costs.

    ABB
    04/13/2011
  • The Practical Application of Aspect Object Technology in a Distributed Control System

    A central problem in plant operations, as well as in asset lifecycle management, is that you need a way to keep together, manage and have access to information about all different aspects of a great number of plant and process entities (objects). In a system that integrates automation, information and collaborative business processes across the enterprise, each of these real-world objects needs to be described from several different perspectives.

    ABB
    10/24/2011
  • Five Ways to Improve Safety and Profitability without Disrupting Operations

    Process industries are inherently hazardous, and maintaining safety in processes and operations has become increasingly complex and costly. With both safety and financial concerns being a high priority, those in the process industry sometimes struggle to reconcile them. This white paper shows you how you can.

    ABB
    12/05/2011
  • Maximize Process Automation Lifecycle

    Process owners know that nearly every system has the potential for even greater productivity and efficiency. Mainly through minor incremental improvements and subtle system tuning, but also through the occasional giant improvement leap, proces automation provides the tools to move towards the ideal of maximized production. As with all technology, the day a process control system is installed, it begins the gradual slide towards obsolescence. Most process owners realize that these systems could benefit from an ongoing lifecycle optimization approach, but few invest the needed strategic thought and action to make that happen. This white paper explores the three keys to maximizing the process automation lifecycle:
    - Extend the system life
    - Lower the system cost
    - Derive additional value from the system

    ABB
    12/12/2011
  • Flow Measurement by the Book

    ABB's Flow Measurement Handbook has helped generations of instrumentation practitioners navigate the application ins and outs of industrial flow measurement devices. Its latest edition, entitled Industrial Flow Measurement -- Basics and Practice, is available here in manageable chapters, downloadable as PDFs, beginning with "Introduction to Flowmeter Physics Essentials," including fluid mechanical concepts such as viscosity, Reynolds number, turbulence, energy and flow rate equations.

    ABB
    05/14/2012
  • Is Your Current Safety System Compliant With Today's Safety Standards?

    It is estimated that about 66% of the programmable electronic systems (PES) running in the process industry were installed before the publication of today's commonly used safety standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511/ISA 84). This paper covers changes brought about by adoption of these standards and what it means to the installed base.

    ABB
    05/29/2012
  • Volumetric & Totalizer Devices

    ABB's Flow Measurement Handbook has helped generations of instrumentation practitioners navigate the application ins and outs of industrial flow measurement devices. Its latest edition entitled "Industrial Flow Measurement -- Basics and Practice," is available here in manageable chapters, downloadable as PDFs; this week we feature "Operating principles and application of flow instrumentation based on positive displacement, turbine, vortex and swirl phenomena."

    ABB
    06/11/2012
  • Directional Protection and Directional Zone Selectivity and Safety

    This white paper describes the potential and the use of directional protection and directional zone selectivity functions. Take an in-depth look at everything you need to know, from basic definitions and applications to a thorough practical guide.

    ABB
    06/18/2012
  • Operator Effectiveness: The Next Frontier of Process Automation

    Clearly the need - and potential payoff - for more effective operators is enormous and intuitively understood. But rather than reversing course and simplifying operators' tasks, industry is only increasing the pressure. Learn how to transform your people into strategic assets.

    ABB
    07/10/2012
  • ABB Review: Special Report on IEC61850

    Communication is more than exchanging data; it means globally understandable information based on syntax and semantics. This is the theory behind IEC 61850, the topic of this issue of ABB Review Special Report.

    ABB
    10/08/2012
  • Are Your Safety Systems Up to SIS Standards?

    Some 66% of the process control systems now in use globally were installed before publication of today's commonly used safety standards, IEC 61508 and IEC 61511/ISA 84. Here's how to tell if you safety systems are up to snuff.

    ABB
    12/13/2012
  • European Pulp Mill In a League of Its Own

    With an annual production of 500,000 tons of pulp - including 420,000 tons of kraft pulp and 80,000 tons of CTMP pulp - SCA's plant in Östrand, Sweden, is high on the list of Europe's largest pulp mills. Ensuring production stability and efficiency to the highest standards requires a flexible and reliable control system. These values are fundamental to ABB's Industrial System 800xA mode of operation and that is why it was selected to help turn one of Europe's biggest pulp mills into one of the world's most modern.

    ABB
    01/23/2012
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