ABB: Making machinery speak volumes
Accenture helped build an innovative industrial internet of things solution that generates tangible value for ABB and its customers.
ABB wants to help customers use the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to translate machinery asset data into actionable insights. ABB’s Motors & Generators business developed an IIoT device called “Smart Sensor,” which can be used to retrofit almost any low-voltage electric motor to help monitor its condition. The device’s sensors measure vibration, temperature, electro-magnetic field strength, and other parameters to help reduce downtime, increase the product lifecycle and reduce energy costs.
This was an exciting industry advance, but ABB now needed an interface that would connect the sensor to its customers—and help customers analyze and consume the data. ABB collaborated with Accenture to develop this innovative solution quickly—and in time for its unveiling at Hannover Messe in 2018, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology and IIoT which takes place annually in Hannover, Germany.
Working with the industrial manufacturer ABB, Accenture helped build an innovative Industrial Internet of Things solution that generates tangible value for ABB and its customers.
To prepare for Hannover Messe, ABB and Accenture developed the customer journey and mobile app demo in only six weeks. The solution has become a central part of ABB Ability, the company’s unified, cross-industry digital capability.
The team, including Accenture’s Industrial Software Center of Excellence in Romania, used an agile development approach to create new features and functionalities as ABB’s Smart Sensor device and solution evolved. It also maintains the overall solution, providing updates and upgrades in the ABB cloud.
The mobile app allows service personnel to commission the sensors and monitor the motors on the shop floor in order to react quickly in emergencies.
APIs integrate customers and service providers into the Smart Sensor portal, helping manage relationships between teams, assets and organizations.
Built on Microsoft .NET technology, the common sensor platform now integrates three types of sensors with ABB’s systems that can continue to scale.
The platform helps customers monitor large parts of their shop floor and group assets using different sensors, and comprehensive turbine activity.
Factory managers can monitor their motors’ health, status, history and other details within and across factories. They can even access this data from their home. Over time, the insights can help them work motors harder to improve production bandwidth, for instance. Or they can hold off on routinely replacing a motor that still has more life left in it. In both cases, these insights help to extend a motor’s lifecycle while mitigating the risk of disrupting production. The continuous insights and alerts are also helping ABB’s customers reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
Customers can monitor the condition of whole fleets of assets—not just motors—including bearings, drives and pumps. This allows management to gain insights into the interdependencies of their assets and how these relationships affect breakdowns. With the condition of their essential equipment at their fingertips, they can focus their attention on decision making and achieving their business goals.
On average, only 10 percent of a factory’s equipment is monitored. Customers now have affordable tools to monitor the other 90 percent, not just critical assets.
With its new capabilities, ABB can better compete in a digital world. Improving time to market, differentiating its products, creating new opportunities to provide services, and generating value for customers with actionable insights and a state-of-the-art customer experience.
"Accenture is a truly agile development partner; it’s a pleasure to see how the team is committed to our common goal to develop a solution bringing value to ABB’s customers and partners."