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Product News: ABB’s distributed-control system

Feb. 9, 2023
Intended to accelerate digital transformation in process automation.

ABB has launched its latest release of ABB Ability Symphony Plus distributed-control system (DCS) to further support digital transformation for power generation and water industries. The latest version of Symphony Plus will further support customers’ digital journey through a simplified and secure OPC UA connection to the edge and cloud, without interfering with core control and automation functionalities, per ABB. 

The new Symphony Plus delivers customers access to digital solutions, such as fleet asset management enabled by ABB Ability Genix Asset Performance Management. It also enables users to access process and alarm data from mobile devices through the ABB Mobile Operations application, allowing them to stay updated to react faster, reduce downtime, and save costs, per its maker.

Critical data can now be viewed anywhere, notes ABB, thanks to HTML5 web-based operation and engineering tools, promoting collaboration, improving plant uptime and performance. Flexible field-device management has also been enabled with ABB’s Field Information Manager (FIM), making the configuration, commissioning, diagnostics, and maintenance of fieldbus instruments quicker and easier. 

“In developing the latest release of Symphony Plus, our focus has been on creating innovative technology that gives customers access to an extended range of digital applications,” said Joerg Schubert, head of product & portfolio management, process-automation systems, ABB. “Our ultimate goal is to help society and industry achieve a more productive, sustainable future through safe, secure and seamless operations.”