ABB introduces safer and more sustainable digital switchgear

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Friday, 15 October, 2021

ABB introduces safer and more sustainable digital switchgear

ABB has expanded its NeoGear switchgear range to deliver safety improvements, improved performance and digital connectivity including real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

The design of the NeoGear range eliminates hazardous exposure to live parts, uses 92% fewer busbar components than traditional switchgear and with 90% fewer electrical joints is said to improve switchgear availability. The arc ignition protected zone is also designed to keep maintenance personnel safer when performing routine works and repairs, while also reducing the risk of arcs caused by mechanical failures, one of the most serious safety risks that switchgear operators encounter.

NeoGear switchgear is now also smaller, offering a reduced physical footprint by up to 25%. Within this compact footprint, it is also claimed to achieve an energy efficiency improvement of up to 20% due to reduced heat dissipation.

ABB says the recently introduced 4-pole version as well as the upcoming 690 V version make NeoGear a suitable solution for numerous market segments and industries, including utilities, food and beverage, and infrastructure.

The NeoGear platform also offers new connectivity capabilities for data analytics and data communication, making it a suitable low-voltage switchgear option for facilities working towards achieving Industry 4.0 standards. ABB says the digital capabilities can deliver up to overall 30% lower operational costs due to more efficient condition monitoring.

“The industries we serve are continually evolving in line with key market drivers like digitalisation, safety and reduction of environmental impact,” said Ronald van Leeuwen, Global Product Manager NeoGear. “So that we can continue to meet the needs of our customers, our product ranges must evolve too.

“Our commitment to product evolution is showcased in the advancements made to our NeoGear low-voltage switchgear. Improved operational safety, sustainability and integrated smart functionality makes it compatible with any digitalisation strategy.”

The expanded digital capabilities of NeoGear include real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, remote assistance, fault and solutions diagnostics and data analytics for Industry 4.0.

“Our main priority is to ensure the safety of our people,” said Saw-Chin Toh, Product Marketing Manager, Electrification, ABB Australia. “That’s why finding a solution that delivered high safety standards was so important. Our first NeoGear Motor Control Center has been installed in a remote mining operation, in a dusty and harsh environment. Thanks to the NeoGear laminated bus bar technology, which is fully IEC-classified as an Arc Ignition Protected Zone, we have seen a major step forward in reducing the chance of damage to the installation caused by internal arcs.”

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