ABB has launched its latest release of ABB Ability Sugar Library, enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. It will help reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions, eliminate engineering errors, 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. It fulfills all process area requirements, including raw material handling, purification, crystallization and sugar handling, and now evaporation and filtration. Customizable templates will result in engineering efficiencies. For operators, efficient monitoring of processes helps optimize resources and energy usage.
A high-performance human-machine interface (HMI) has been designed to detect and resolve process disturbances with alarm messages. In maintenance, teams will gain the right information at the right time, with tracking and trends visually available. The auto-reconfigurable dynamic, high-performance HMI visualizations provided in the library for selected operations will greatly reduce the commissioning time. They 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 is also collected and reused for the crystallization 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 Sugar Library to help customers and channel partners in their plant expansion
ABB Ability Sugar Library will benefit ABB’s installed base customers, channel partners, and system integrators for plant optimization and expansion requirements and 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 supports ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). It can support end-customers digitalization strategies, sustainability, quality improvement, and waste reduction initiatives.
“ABB Ability Sugar Library enables reliability, quality, engineering, and operational benefits for our customers, channel partners, and system integrators and aligns with our overall digitalization strategy in the food and beverage industry,” said Marcello Gulinelli, global head of Food and Beverage, Process Industries, ABB. “We are encouraging efficient monitoring of the production process to help optimize 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.”