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  • ABB launches IEC Food Safe motors designed for easy cleaning and long life

    ABB has launched a full range of IEC Food Safe motors designed for applications in the food and beverage industry that need frequent sanitation. The new IEC Food Safe motors are part of ABB’s Food Safe family that includes stainless steel NEMA motors, mounted ball bearings and gearing. IEC Food Safe motor feature smooth stainless steel enclosures that are easy to clean and sanitize so customers can meet increasingly stringent hygiene standards. The motors’ have achieved the IP69 water protection rating and encapsulated winding enable the motors to last much longer than general purpose products in tough washdown conditions.
  • ABB integrates IIoT into the bearing applications | from Bearing News

    ABB has recently introduced the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor technology for mounted bearings that enables health checks for bearings. The wireless sensor provides an early indicator of potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings. This allows operators to schedule maintenance and prevent unexpected downtime.
  • The digitalization of the aggregate industry | External link

    Digital technology is no longer uncommon in aggregate operations. Producers are constantly searching for ways to be more efficient and safer – and more often than not, they turn to digital technology to answer their needs. Whether it’s using drones, sensors or automation, digital tech is changing the way people in our industry work.
  • Full year 2018 financial results - Solid growth

    ABB delivered strong order and revenue performance in 2018. The group’s digital solutions offering, ABB Ability™, continued to build its leading market position. Total orders were 8 percent higher (14 percent in US dollars) with strong positive contributions from Robotics and Motion and Industrial Automation as well as solid performance from Electrification Products. Total orders exhibited similar growth trends across all regions. Base orders (classified as orders below $15 million) improved 6 percent (14 percent in US dollars) in 2018, rising in all divisions and regions. Large orders increased 45 percent (20 percent in US dollars), albeit off a low comparative base, and represented 7 percent of total orders, compared to 6 percent in the prior year. Service orders were 7 percent higher (12 percent in US dollars) and now stand at 19 percent of total orders.
  • ABB launches Smart Sensor to monitor bearing condition | External link

    ABB launched the ABB Ability Smart Sensor for Dodge mounted bearings, part of the ABB Ability Digital Powertrain, that enables “health checks” for bearings. The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of any potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. This helps to prevent downtime on applications such as conveyors found in the mining, aggregate, and cement industries.
  • Smart Sensor helps keep mounted bearings healthy | External link

    It is becoming increasingly apparent in industry, as users try to get the most of their equipment and devices, that it’s the manufacturers of those assets that hold a wealth of knowledge about how they should run. With the development of a smart sensor, ABB Motors and Mechanical (formerly Baldor Electric) is taking advantage of a historic strength to help its customers get the most out of its mounted bearings. “Who knows those bearings better than we do?” commented Artur Rdzanek, product manager for sensor technologies, Dodge mechanical products at ABB. “We want to add additional features to that knowledge.”

Company News

  • ABB integrates IIoT into the bearing applications | from Bearing News

    ABB has recently introduced the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor technology for mounted bearings that enables health checks for bearings. The wireless sensor provides an early indicator of potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings. This allows operators to schedule maintenance and prevent unexpected downtime.
  • The digitalization of the aggregate industry | External link

    Digital technology is no longer uncommon in aggregate operations. Producers are constantly searching for ways to be more efficient and safer – and more often than not, they turn to digital technology to answer their needs. Whether it’s using drones, sensors or automation, digital tech is changing the way people in our industry work.
  • Full year 2018 financial results - Solid growth

    ABB delivered strong order and revenue performance in 2018. The group’s digital solutions offering, ABB Ability™, continued to build its leading market position. Total orders were 8 percent higher (14 percent in US dollars) with strong positive contributions from Robotics and Motion and Industrial Automation as well as solid performance from Electrification Products. Total orders exhibited similar growth trends across all regions. Base orders (classified as orders below $15 million) improved 6 percent (14 percent in US dollars) in 2018, rising in all divisions and regions. Large orders increased 45 percent (20 percent in US dollars), albeit off a low comparative base, and represented 7 percent of total orders, compared to 6 percent in the prior year. Service orders were 7 percent higher (12 percent in US dollars) and now stand at 19 percent of total orders.
  • ABB launches Smart Sensor to monitor bearing condition | External link

    ABB launched the ABB Ability Smart Sensor for Dodge mounted bearings, part of the ABB Ability Digital Powertrain, that enables “health checks” for bearings. The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of any potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. This helps to prevent downtime on applications such as conveyors found in the mining, aggregate, and cement industries.
  • Smart Sensor helps keep mounted bearings healthy | External link

    It is becoming increasingly apparent in industry, as users try to get the most of their equipment and devices, that it’s the manufacturers of those assets that hold a wealth of knowledge about how they should run. With the development of a smart sensor, ABB Motors and Mechanical (formerly Baldor Electric) is taking advantage of a historic strength to help its customers get the most out of its mounted bearings. “Who knows those bearings better than we do?” commented Artur Rdzanek, product manager for sensor technologies, Dodge mechanical products at ABB. “We want to add additional features to that knowledge.”
  • ABB debuts feature enhanced M2 Position B belt guard at AGG1 2019 | External link

    ABB's Charles Gubser talks about the three most important features of the company's feature-enhanced M2-Position B belt guard at the 2019 AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, which took place Feb. 12-14 in Indianapolis. According to ABB, the belt guard includes a new access cover for easy inspection, a sliding guard at the motor shaft for protection and a slotted access cover.

New Products

  • ABB launches IEC Food Safe motors designed for easy cleaning and long life

    ABB has launched a full range of IEC Food Safe motors designed for applications in the food and beverage industry that need frequent sanitation. The new IEC Food Safe motors are part of ABB’s Food Safe family that includes stainless steel NEMA motors, mounted ball bearings and gearing. IEC Food Safe motor feature smooth stainless steel enclosures that are easy to clean and sanitize so customers can meet increasingly stringent hygiene standards. The motors’ have achieved the IP69 water protection rating and encapsulated winding enable the motors to last much longer than general purpose products in tough washdown conditions.
  • ABB's new Dodge Food Safe bearings designed for aggressive cleaning

    ABB has launched Dodge® Food Safe mounted ball bearings, which are designed to withstand caustic, high-pressure cleaning and sanitation processes. The new bearings are the first industrial bearings to achieve the IP69 water protection rating without the use of an end cover, making them ideal for use in the food and beverage industry, where equipment must be aggressively cleaned. They are the only bearings to carry a warranty against failure due to water ingress.
  • ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor checks condition of bearings

    ABB applies industry-leading smart sensor technology to Dodge® mounted bearings to prevent unexpected downtime and extend equipment life. ABB has launched the ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for Dodge mounted bearings, part of the ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain, that enables “health checks” for bearings. The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of any potential problems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. This helps to prevent downtime on applications such as bulk material handling conveyors typically found in the mining, aggregate and cement industries, as well as applications in the food and beverage and air handling sectors.
  • Dodge washdown bearings for the food and beverage industry

    Food safety compliance demands equipment that can face the challenges of the food and beverage industry. Food safety violations are on the rise, costing companies thousands, if not millions, to resolve; all while posing a health risk to the public and damaging the company’s reputation. This means that all food processing equipment should be designed, used, and maintained with food safety principals in mind. Yet, many products fail prematurely due to corrosion and/or grease washout from the high pressure, caustic washdowns common in achieving the increasingly stringent cleanliness standards.
  • Food Safe Stainless Steel Motors | Designing for Food Safety

    We are proud to announce the next generation food safe, stainless steel motor platform for extreme environments within the food and beverage industry. Baldor-Reliance Food Safe motors, designed with smooth contours and advanced sealing, exceed IP69K for water, to maximize motor life in high pressure, sanitary cleaning environments.
  • Dodge Hydraulic ISAF Bearings : An easier, safer bearing to install and remove

    The Dodge Hydraulic ISAF (HISAF) mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented built-in hydraulic mounting system that makes this bearing simple to mount and dismount. Hydraulic pressure replaces physical labor, creating a safer and more accurate installation. The ease and precision of installation means less time is spent installing and removing the HISAF, reducing downtime on the equipment and labor costs associated with replacing bearings. Built to the same critical mounting dimensions as the industry standard SAF and SDAF, HISAF is a drop in interchange to existing equipment.

Awards & Recognition

  • ABB ranks highest for reliability on Azima 2018 scores

    Azima, Inc. offered corporate leaders and plant managers a rare glimpse into its proprietary machine-reliability databases, by publishing definitive reliability scores for the industrial motors most commonly deployed around the world today. Azima has ranked not just the world's leading industrial motor brands, but specific models as well. Azima's Reliability Ratings Report (Industrial Motors) is the first installment in a series of forthcoming performance ratings for various classes of industrial rotating machinery. Azima is a fast-growing high-tech company that maximizes industrial productivity. Azima provides technology-powered, data-driven Predictive Maintenance services to hundreds of leading companies in twelve different industries, all over the world.
  • ABB's Greenville Plant awarded SC Environmental Award | External link

    ABB, a motor and generator manufacturer, developed an impressive recycling program over the past year. Recycling included more than 2,727 tons of scrap metal, wood, used oil, batteries, electronics, lamps, paper, cardboard and plastic. Other non-recyclable waste was turned into energy through their recent Zero Landfill Initiative. The facility worked with their largest supplier to establish a returnable packaging agreement. In 2017, ABB earned more than $265,000 from the sale of its recyclables. When meals were catered to the facility, excess food was donated to the local fire department. To encourage recycling and zero waste, every employee was trained and these initiatives were incorporated into new employee orientation. ABB also participated in the Upstate Lean Alliance, sharing ideas with and mentoring other businesses.
  • ABB wins 2018 Control Design Award

    For the 16th year in a row, Control Design Magazine readers has chosen Baldor-Reliance motors as the premier choice in the industrial electric motor category. More than 15,000 readers were invited to access Control Design Magazine confidential ballot to cast their vote in an unaided ballot of their go-to sources for products and service in machine automation.
  • Rogersville plant receives prestigious state safety award

    Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) officials traveled to Rogersville on Tuesday, March 20, to present the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health to the ABB Rogersville Ball Bearing Plant.
  • Control 2018 Readers' Choice Awards | External Link

    We've now tabulated the Readers' Choice Awards 26 times, for more than a quarter century, and we're starting to see it as an institution—more than a habit, at least a tradition, and we think, a trusted repository of valuable information for process automation professionals who want to know which companies offer the best technology, according to their peers.
  • SC Division of Labor Announces 2017 Safety Award Recipients

    Eighteen South Carolina businesses have been recognized by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Labor for their commitment to safety. The Division of Labor's Safety Awards Program is open to all South Carolina Employers.

Industry News

  • Select parts and configure systems online | External link

    A Control Design reader writes: I work at an OEM that makes process skids for wastewater treatment and custom agricultural-related machines and equipment. It seems like we have a huge number of suppliers, which affects both design and procurement with too much time spent specifying parts, too many purchase orders and too much time chasing delivery time. We either need to limit the suppliers or find an easier way to specify, order and receive parts. Are there online tools, online stores or portals where the design and purchasing departments can go to select parts and configure systems? I'm looking for a way to automatically generate a parts list or have quick access to standard, fast lead time control components. What are my options for both new, upgrade and spare parts projects?
  • Motor And Drive Innovations Give Food Manufacturers More Power Options | External link

    Powering production in food plants is not as simple as throwing a switch. Peak-time charges, outages, surges and other factors can complicate calculations of cost and reliability and require solutions that go beyond standardizing on premium motors. The good news is that OEMs are delivering solutions on multiple fronts, from systems approaches to power delivery and servo options to sanitary design improvements and smart motors.
  • Maintenance Sets the Pace in Food Manufacturing's Embrace of IIoT | External link

    In ways big and small, food manufacturing is tapping into the promise and potential of internet-based tools and applications that address some of the most nettlesome problems in plant operations. At least two makers of AC induction motors are introducing moderately priced sensors for monitoring temperature, current and vibration, a capability reserved in years past for large machinery that would have catastrophic consequences if they went down. One of these condition-monitoring tools, the ABB Smart Sensor, soon will be able to continuously relay data to the cloud for analysis and reporting of maintenance alerts.
  • Best Places to Work in Manufacturing | External link

    Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin takes second place due to strong growth in manufacturing employment over the past few years. From 2010 – 2015, the number of manufacturing jobs in the area grew by 37.8%, a figure beaten by only 5% of metro areas in our study. The growth in jobs is accompanied by growing incomes. From 2014 to 2015 the average income for a manufacturing worker here grew by 14.7%. That’s the 13th-fastest rate.
  • Take (and keep) the load off bearings | External link

    Element material selection is a critical component in the design process for any elastomeric coupling. This is no different for axially split tire elements. Some manufacturers use a high-load-capacity polyurethane bonded to metal clamp rings. At first glance, this material would appear to be a wise choice; polyurethane is a very strong material, and the primary function of a coupling is to transmit torque.
  • Tips and Tricks to Prevent Electric Motor Headaches

    In all aspects of business, having dependable equipment is crucial to ensuring optimal performance and profitability. This couldn’t be truer in the feed and grain industry where time and productivity is of the essence. However, the conditions to which electric motors are exposed to in this environment are very different from typical electric motor applications like warehouses or manufacturing facilities.

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