New release of ABB Ability Sugar Library to boost flexibility

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Friday, 21 January, 2022

New release of ABB Ability Sugar Library to boost flexibility

ABB has launched its latest release of ABB Ability Sugar Library that the company says has been enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. It aims to reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions, eliminate errors in engineering, and improve quality and reliability in operational use.

The release features a range of specifically designed templates for sugar process applications in the beet and cane sugar industries. ABB says it fulfils all process area requirements including raw material handling, purification, crystallisation and sugar handling, and now evaporation and filtration.

A high-performance HMI has been designed for fast detection and resolution of process disturbances, with alarm messages. In maintenance, ABB says teams will gain the right information at the right time, with tracking and trends visually available. The auto-reconfigurable dynamic, high-performance HMI visualisations provided in the library for selected operations will reduce the commissioning time and will also help plant engineers and operators to focus on continuous improvement.

Among sustainability advantages, ABB Ability Sugar Library features a steam economy mode that ensures no more steam than required is generated during the evaporation phase. It can also be collected and reused for the crystallisation phase, saving any fuel used to make the steam and therefore reducing production costs. The solution is built from knowledge attained through collaboration with major process and equipment suppliers and sugar manufacturers. This ensures that the latest process control philosophies are incorporated within the library. It comprises components for control and supervision, with each a complete functional unit ready for use and able to be adapted to specific user needs.

“ABB Ability Sugar Library enables reliability, quality, engineering and operational benefits for our customers, channel partners and system integrators, and aligns with our overall digitalisation strategy in the food and beverage industry,” said Marcello Gulinelli, Global Head of Food & Beverage, Process Industries, ABB. “We are encouraging efficient monitoring of the production process to help optimise resource and energy usage. This gives operators the information they need at the right time and allows flexible controls. We look forward to wider adoption across our installed base and potentially with new customers globally.”

ABB Ability Sugar Library will benefit ABB’s installed base customers, channel partners and system integrators for plant optimisation and expansion requirements as well as new greenfield installations, ensuring a reduced total cost of ownership. It integrates with the latest versions of ABB’s distributed control system (DCS) ABB Ability System 800xA and provisions support for ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). It can support end-users’ digitalisation strategies, sustainability, quality improvement and waste reduction initiatives.

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