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Asbestos and Substitutes
Tmax a new generation of circuit breakers from ABB
Asbestos : 13 January, 2004
ABB's new generation of Tmax moulded case circuit breakers is designed to cover virtually any low voltage application up to 250 A in a range of just three frame sizes T1,T2,T3 with a common frame depth of 70 mm which alllows standardisation of fixing supports.
 
ABB launches standard drive for easy installation and use
Asbestos : 09 January, 2004
A new range of intuitive, standard drives, designed to be sold off-the-shelf with few optional extras, has been launched by ABB. ABB's class of standard drives is rated from 0.75 to 355 kW, 200 and 400 V. It is targeted at standard applications, such as pumps, fans and conveyors, and has been designed for easy use and accessibility.
 
ABB FBP (FieldBusPlug) devices provide a universal solution for all fieldbus systems
Asbestos : 06 January, 2004
ABB's new FBP(FieldBusPlug) concept is designed to bring simplicity and flexibility to fieldbus applications by allowing devices to be quickly connected to any bus for a 'plug and produce' solution. Instead of having to offer multiple variants to suit a large number of industrial fieldbuses, such as Profibus DP, DeviceNet, AS-i and so on, ABB is now able to offer control equipment such as its new FBP motor controllers and starters in one standard version, with a neutral fieldbus-independent interface. All the installer has to do is attach the appropriate ready-made bus-specific FBP connection cable to suit their fieldbus.
 
New water technology list acknowledges performance of ABB electromagnetic flowmeters
Asbestos : 03 December, 2003
Electromagnetic flowmetering equipment from ABB Limited has been included in a new list of water technology aimed at promoting better control of water quality and consumption throughout industry. Four flowmeter models have been added to the Water Technology List under the category of 'meters and monitoring equipment'. The flowmeters added to the list are the AquaProbe, available in battery and mains powered versions, and the MagMaster and MagMaster LoFlo. All are manufactured by ABB in the UK and use the latest technology to enable accurate measurement across a wide range of flows, making them ideal for water metering applications.
 
New motor parts from ABB help children walk again
Asbestos : 03 December, 2003
Motor stators, supplied by ABB to a pioneering research team working at the University College London, are helping children to walk again. The children being treated at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, who have lost part of their leg bones after suffering from bone cancer, are being helped with a revolutionary new procedure that eliminates the need for years of painful surgery.
 
ABB launches new range of TP&N MCCB panelboards
Asbestos : 03 November, 2003
ABB has launched a new range of compact, cost-effective and easy to assembly TP&N MCCB panelboards for applications up to 800A incomer with outgoing ways up to 250A. In conjunction with the existing Protecta range of final distribution boards and the ArTu distribution system the new panelboards now enable ABB to offer a distribution solution to suit any requirement from a 100A single phase distribution board to a 3200A four pole Form 4 system.
 
New permanent magnet generator offers high output from small size
Asbestos : 17 October, 2003
ABB has launched a new generator for wind turbines based on permanent magnet technology. Compared to a traditional machine, the new generator offers high output relative to the frame size, making for instance a 3.6 MW unit a full frame size smaller.
 
ABB supplies largest flowmeter yet to be gas calibrated
Asbestos : 22 September, 2003
An ABB venturi flowmeter recently became the largest flowmeter yet to be gas calibrated by gas industry specialist, Advantica. Due to be installed at Transco's new compressor station at Bathgate, West Lothian, the 1.2m diameter flowmeter was test calibrated at the Advantica Flow Centre in Durham in line with the new standard ISO 5167:2003.
 
ABB launches drive replacement scheme
Asbestos : 10 September, 2003
A replacement scheme for variable speed drives has been introduced by ABB, in cooperation with its HVAC partners. The scheme aims to ensure a seamless upgrade for older drives in HVAC installations. 'The reliability of drives gradually declines once they get to between 15 and 20 years of age,' Mike Carman, sales manager, HVAC, at ABB, explains the initiative. 'To avoid costly downtime towards the end of the product's life, our plan identifies the older drives, gives advice on the installation issues and recommends a drive replacement programme. As drive losses are typically reduced by some 10% with a modern drive, the replacement and retrofit installation often pays for itself with the increased energy savings.'
 
ABB robot in step with footwear component manufacturer
Asbestos : 05 September, 2003
A technology partnership between Kettering based Hi-Tech Automation and ABB has led to the development of two state-of-the-art automated manufacturing cells for the Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire operation of McKechnie Plastic Components. The two cells, commissioned in April this year, manufacture flagship products for Scholl Foot Care, a division of SSL International PLC.
 
New painting robot solution in a compact package
Asbestos : 07 August, 2003
ABB, the global power and automation technologies group, introduces the new IRB 540-02S painting robot; a compact, six-axis design equipped with FlexiWrist 1000mm horizontal arm and 700mm vertical arm.
 
ABB hydrogen monitors help maximise generator performance at Didcot
Asbestos : 07 August, 2003
Hydrogen purity analysers from ABB Limited have been supplied to Innogy's 2000MW Didcot 'A' Power Station to help maximise generator efficiency. The four AnalyzeIT Hydrogen Purity Monitors will be used to measure the concentration of hydrogen used to cool the generators during operation. Approximately seven times more thermally conductive than air, hydrogen is perfect for removing excessive heat, making it an ideal coolant for generator applications in the power industry. It is also considerably less dense than air, which helps to optimise generator performance by reducing windage losses caused by drag.
 
ABB robots blast away paint build up on skids at Land Rover
Asbestos : 03 June, 2003
ABB, the global power and automation technologies group, has supplied three industrial robots to the Paint Shop at Land Rover's manufacturing facility in Solihull, West Midlands. The foundry-specification robots are used as high-pressure water cleaners for the removal of paint build-up on paint shop skids. The skids are moving bases that hold the car body as it travels around the paint shop.
 
ABB adds single input versions to analyser range
Asbestos : 23 May, 2003
ABB Limited has launched single input versions of its AnalyzeIT AX400 pH/Redox and Conductivity analysers. Available in two configurations, the AnalyzeIT AX410 is a dedicated conductivity analyser, while the AnalyzeIT AX460 is a pH analyser. The AX400 is supplied as standard with three alarm set points, providing users with the flexibility to employ a set point to alarm on upset of the process value, temperature or on a diagnostic condition.
 
ABB has started a robot war - and is encouraging children to participate!
Asbestos : 09 May, 2003
ABB has teamed-up with one of its largest UK customers, GKN Autostructures in Telford, to provide a nippy little robot to demonstrate robotic speed and accuracy to children. The robot is installed at Enginuity, the new interactive design and technology centre at Ironbridge Gorge in Telford. GKN is a seasoned benefactor of various projects in the Telford community and was only too pleased to ask for ABB's help in providing the museum with an interactive robot exhibit.
 
ABB's new Protecta range of final distribution boards saves space, installation time and costs
Asbestos : 02 May, 2003
ABB's new Protecta range of final distribution boards, designed specifically to save space, installation time and costs in industrial, office, hotel and leisure applications, is the latest addition to the company's family of high performance consumer units and distribution boards. The Protecta range provides the option for an integral 250A switch disconnector, eliminating the need for bulky and expensive extension units for 250A incoming devices, and is the ideal partner to ABB's new space-saving S280 80A and 100A MCBs (miniature circuit breakers) and DS 271 RCBO (residual current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection).
 
ABB launches feature-packed large screen videographic recorder
Asbestos : 31 March, 2003
ABB's new large screen Inform IT SM3000 multipoint videographic recorder offers one of the widest range of security, recording and display features available in a single unit. Fully compliant with the Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11 regulations concerning electronic process data collection, the SM3000 is ideal for pharmaceutical, food and beverage, water treatment and power applications requiring an advanced multipoint paperless recorder.
 
ABB large A contactors now available with easy fitting connection bar kits
Asbestos : 12 March, 2003
A new range of fast and easy to fit connection bar kits is the latest addition to ABB's large A line series of contactors from145A to 750A (75kW to 400kW motor power AC-3 utilisation). They enable ABB to meet the growing demand for a system approach to low voltage motor control and protection components by offering pre-assembled connection bar kits for star-delta starters, reversing starters and phase to phase connection as well as connection between a contactor and MCCB/Switch fuse.
 
The tough cookie of ABB power robots launched
Asbestos : 14 February, 2003
The IRB 6600 is flexible and has been designed to accommodate production changes with an extremely simple modular concept. The upper arm extenders and selection of wrist modules allow easy customisation, while the working range is greatly extended by its ability to bend fully backwards. The 'bend-over-backwards' capability means that space, a precious resource, is not wasted. Further benefits are that cycles times are speeded-up and as there's no need to rotate around axis 1, the arm simply swings backwards thereby making the cell more compact and less costly. In addition, the working range and capacity of the robot is easily extended affording the freedom to make future changes in production.
 
ABB launches new SwitchLine range of change-over/transfer switches
Asbestos : 11 February, 2003
ABB's new SwitchLine range of change-over/transfer switches is designed to provide safe and reliable on-load switching between two power supplies. With ratings from 16A up to 1600 A, typical applications will include switching between a primary mains supply and a standby supply, such as a generator set. They are supplied as ready to fit kits with either manual or motorised operation.
 
First control and safety systems set to arrive this summer
Asbestos : 10 February, 2003
ABB Limited, based in St Neots, Cambridge, was selected to supply the Project's fully integrated control systems, based on its industry experience and the suitability of its product range. So far five fully integrated control and safety systems have been ordered, to provide process control, emergency shutdown and fire and gas protection at the Sangachal Terminal and on the Central Azeri, C&WP, Eastern Azeri, and Western Azeri Platforms. The approximate total value of these systems is $20 million.
 
First control and safety systems set to arrive this summer
Asbestos : 22 January, 2002
ABB Limited, based in St Neots, Cambridge, was selected to supply the Project's fully integrated control systems, based on its industry experience and the suitability of its product range. So far five fully integrated control and safety systems have been ordered, to provide process control, emergency shutdown and fire and gas protection at the Sangachal Terminal and on the Central Azeri, C&WP, Eastern Azeri, and Western Azeri Platforms. The approximate total value of these systems is $20 million.
 
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