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ABB has launched more than 210 digital solutions and services, aimed at unlocking the value of automation. ABB Ability, which creates solutions and services that deliver opportunities to increase productivity and cut costs, will help other countries leapfrog outmoded western models of industrialisation and become true digital leaders, according to the company.

ABB launches new digital solutions

“Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development and realise its full potential with the emergence of new technologies. As a pioneering technology leader, serving utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure providers, ABB is the ideal partner to help customers in Africa realize the tremendous productivity and performance improvements that digitalisation delivers,” says Chunyuan Gu, ABB’s President for Asia, Middle East and Africa.

He adds that ABB Ability will allow businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa to access the tools and the means to compete in global markets. “By taking advantage of ABB Ability, Africa will be able to build robust industries capable of competing with rivals in other parts of the globe.”

As renewables, high-voltage transmission technologies, digital grids and microgrids extend access to electricity, an ABB Ability wireless network allows for the remote monitoring and controlling of microgrids. Automation and robotics are driving productivity increases in mining, and the Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo is an example of the effective use of ABB’s advanced remote diagnostic service (RDS) from the company’s Center of Expertise in Zurich. In addition, new technologies are improving transport links within Africa and with the rest of the world, as well as making transport and infrastructure more sustainable and efficient.

ABB Ability works by gathering and analysing data from customers’ operations and then applying the knowledge and expertise gained from ABB’s vast global installed base of 70 million connected devices and 70 000 control systems to that data. “With the resulting intelligence, ABB’s customers not only optimise their operations, they can use the insights to develop new business models, for instance by using digital technologies to overcome distance and operate across borders,” Gu explains.

The company’s drive to “unlock value for the African continent” saw a 40% increase in orders across all of ABB’s divisions, sub-regions and channels. “Africa has the world’s most youthful population. This, combined with improving economic fundamentals, means the continent is ideally positioned to take advantage of new technologies,” says Leon Viljoen, Managing Director of ABB South Africa, adding that training and preparing the next generation of engineers is pivotal for the continent. ABB has therefore joined forces with Wits University as well as implementing a number of other trining projects across the continent.

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