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ABB's motor manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, employs around 1,250 people and has undergone a transformation driven by the need to automate (and in particular, digitalize) more of its operations. The initiative was paired with an equally important one: bringing employees along for the ride.
The shareholders of ABB have approved all the proposals by the company’s Board of Directors at its 2021 Annual General Meeting. Due to the extraordinary circumstances and in line with applicable Swiss COVID-19 legislation, shareholders were not able to attend the meeting in person but could exercise their shareholder rights via the independent proxy who represented 59 percent of the issued share capital.
Electric motors consume more than one-third of the world’s energy, and the number of motors in operation is expected to double by 2040. In the United States, pumps are responsible for 40% of the total industrial motor system’s electricity consumption. Motor standards have been in place for decades; yet, there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) continues to investigate new standards on wire-to-water and wire-to-air efficiency. In response, equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible.
In a new whitepaper published today, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change.
The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is a voluntary environmental leadership program designed to recognize industries in the state that are committed to sustainable practices.
2/11/2021 Company News
In celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, this year we continue our own Women in Science series, profiling talented ABB employees with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educations, who are leading in their fields, across the businesses, around the world.
Fourth quarter performance was solid. Order developments in the fourth quarter were driven by good growth in short-cycle product areas, led by China. Significant large order5 wins in Industrial Automation were a highlight. Subdued services activities tempered the result. Operating margins in Electrification and Motion expanded year-on-year, aided by broadly stable volumes and good cost mitigation, while performance in Industrial Automation and Robotics & Discrete Automation was held back by negative mix effects and in Industrial Automation, specific project charges. Actions taken to improve long-term profitability, strengthen ABB’s financial flexibility and de-risk the balance sheet are also reflected in this quarters’ results.
The PTE September coverage in print and online examines condition monitoring advancements for bearings. We recently discussed some of these innovations with Artur Rdzanek, global product manager, sensored products, at ABB. This year, ABB has highlighted the advances made to the company’s ABB Ability Smart Sensor (photo above), an easy-to-use, wireless sensor which monitors the health of mechanical products, allowing users to reduce downtime, improve reliability, and operate safely. Additionally, in 2020 ABB will launch the Plug and Play gateway, allowing customers to seamlessly connect to ABB Ability Smart Sensors in most remote locations using AT&T or Verizon cellular providers.
The Bearing Specialists Association, known as BSA, recognizes ABB’s Dodge® Food Safe bearings for excellence. The Food Safe bearings are the new recipients of the 2020 BSA Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award.
ABB has been named one of the world’s most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights, an international media and research organization. Ranked 33, ABB significantly improved its score versus last year’s ranking.

Company News

ABB's motor manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, employs around 1,250 people and has undergone a transformation driven by the need to automate (and in particular, digitalize) more of its operations. The initiative was paired with an equally important one: bringing employees along for the ride.
The shareholders of ABB have approved all the proposals by the company’s Board of Directors at its 2021 Annual General Meeting. Due to the extraordinary circumstances and in line with applicable Swiss COVID-19 legislation, shareholders were not able to attend the meeting in person but could exercise their shareholder rights via the independent proxy who represented 59 percent of the issued share capital.
Electric motors consume more than one-third of the world’s energy, and the number of motors in operation is expected to double by 2040. In the United States, pumps are responsible for 40% of the total industrial motor system’s electricity consumption. Motor standards have been in place for decades; yet, there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) continues to investigate new standards on wire-to-water and wire-to-air efficiency. In response, equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible.
In a new whitepaper published today, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change.
2/11/2021 Company News
In celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, this year we continue our own Women in Science series, profiling talented ABB employees with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educations, who are leading in their fields, across the businesses, around the world.
Fourth quarter performance was solid. Order developments in the fourth quarter were driven by good growth in short-cycle product areas, led by China. Significant large order5 wins in Industrial Automation were a highlight. Subdued services activities tempered the result. Operating margins in Electrification and Motion expanded year-on-year, aided by broadly stable volumes and good cost mitigation, while performance in Industrial Automation and Robotics & Discrete Automation was held back by negative mix effects and in Industrial Automation, specific project charges. Actions taken to improve long-term profitability, strengthen ABB’s financial flexibility and de-risk the balance sheet are also reflected in this quarters’ results.
The PTE September coverage in print and online examines condition monitoring advancements for bearings. We recently discussed some of these innovations with Artur Rdzanek, global product manager, sensored products, at ABB. This year, ABB has highlighted the advances made to the company’s ABB Ability Smart Sensor (photo above), an easy-to-use, wireless sensor which monitors the health of mechanical products, allowing users to reduce downtime, improve reliability, and operate safely. Additionally, in 2020 ABB will launch the Plug and Play gateway, allowing customers to seamlessly connect to ABB Ability Smart Sensors in most remote locations using AT&T or Verizon cellular providers.
ABB has been named one of the world’s most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights, an international media and research organization. Ranked 33, ABB significantly improved its score versus last year’s ranking.
If anyone understands the value of cleanliness and sanitization, it’s the dairy industry. The risks associated with failing an inspection or having contaminated product are too high to take shortcuts on the right processing equipment and cleaning procedures.
This year, ABB is partnering with Edge Factor as a Diamond Partner, to equip organizations across North America with six Experience toolkits to inspire students and job-seekers to pursue career pathways. This strategic Workforce Development initiative will provide schools, companies, and Workforce leaders with FREE access to high impact multimedia, a Keynote presentation, promotional tools, and practical guidebook on how to plan, promote, host and follow-up on engaging Experiences. These online Experiences empower students, parents, and job-seekers to explore Skilled Trades, Apprenticeships, Career and Technical Education programs, careers, STEAM, and soft skills.

New Products

10/16/2020 New Products
Quick disconnect, or QD bushings, are a concentric shaft attachment method allowing easy installation and removal of v-belt sheaves, sprockets, and couplings.
ABB has extended the scope of applications for ABB Smart Sensors with a new generation design for motors in hazardous areas. Chemical and oil and gas customers can now benefit from cost-efficient condition monitoring in a wide variety of applications.
Dodge Taper-Lock bushings are an economical, compact, and torque-dense shaft attachment method used in v-belt sheaves, synchronous and roller chain sprockets, and couplings.
Globally, demand for electricity will grow faster than for any other form of final energy. Thus, emissions will keep rising, unless we start doing something different. This global electricity demand growth is expected to double by 2040. With electric motors consuming an estimated 1/3 of the world’s electricity… that number is expected to be the equivalent to adding an electricity market the size of China.
In 2019, ABB introduced Dodge® Food Safe mounted ball bearings, which are bearings designed to withstand caustic, high-pressure cleaning and sanitation processes. They are the first industrial bearings to achieve the IP69 water protection rating without the use of an end cover, and they are the only bearings to carry a warranty against failure due to water ingress.
The new Dodge Torque-Arm II belt guard has been improved to further protect workers from rotating equipment. The belt guard has been enhanced with new features that allow safer and easier maintenance - making it the safest solution to guard v-belt drives.
Customers can increase their energy efficiency, improve sustainability and enhance reliability by upgrading to ABB IE5 ultra-premium SynRM motors that offer up to 50 percent lower energy losses compared to IE2 motors.
Motor standards have been in place for decades, yet there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as regulations continue to tighten on the total system for fans, pumps and compressors. Equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible from wire to air while using sustainable materials.
Hardy Pro-Air Systems & Service, a manufacturing company serving the wastewater aeration and pneumatic conveying markets out of Antioch, Illinois had worked to transition from a belted motor/blower connection to a direct drive solution before. However, initial efforts in the metal to metal direct drive options did not last long on equipment that runs 24 hours a day. As they began to look for solutions again, the local ABB sales engineer suggested that Hardy Pro-Air consider the Dodge® Raptor elastomeric coupling.
The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain concept has now been extended to cover Dodge gear reducers fitted with the smart sensor for mechanical products. The Digital Powertrain enables real-time health monitoring of all the critical elements in industrial processes, such as drives, motors, pumps, bearings and gearing. Immediate access to this key data enables operators to maintain optimal conditions for maximum productivity and safety.

Awards & Recognition

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is a voluntary environmental leadership program designed to recognize industries in the state that are committed to sustainable practices.
The Bearing Specialists Association, known as BSA, recognizes ABB’s Dodge® Food Safe bearings for excellence. The Food Safe bearings are the new recipients of the 2020 BSA Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award.
12/8/2020 Awards & Recognition
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine has named ABB’s Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium motors a Silver Award winner in the HVAC/R Systems & Equipment category in this year’s Product of the Year contest. The Product of the Year contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire/life safety, electrical and plumbing systems engineering markets. The annual reader-choice program was created to provide Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s audience with information about the top new products in their fields.
8/21/2020 Awards & Recognition
ABB is pleased to announce its gear plant in Belton, South Carolina has been recognized by the State of South Carolina as a 2020 Safety Award Recipients. This annual recognition allows the State to highlight employers in the state, both large and small, and the success of their safety and health programs.
We’re proud to announce that Dodge Food Safe ball bearings have earned the gold award in the Electric Motors & Drives category in Plant Engineering magazine’s 2019 Product of the Year program.
In the 2019 Control Design Magazine readers choice awards, industry trends and innovations have crept into the rankings. However, many engineers and voters remain grounded and stick with what works for them. For the 17th year in a row, has chosen ABB has the preferred motor supplier in the industrial electrical motor category.
Readers of Control Magazine have named ABB as the top supplier to deliver the “best technology” in the category of electric motors for 2019. This marks the 7th year in a row that ABB has topped the charts in this survey. In this year’s edition, Control Magazine recognized the full integration of Baldor Electric into ABB which strengthened our top spot.
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.
7/9/2018 Awards & Recognition
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.
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.

Industry News

Improvements in efficiency, sophisticated drives, and internet connectivity all help make electric motors more versatile than ever. Motors are getting more efficient, durable and versatile. And that’s not even the best part. Electric motors of all kinds, and the drives that operate them, have made considerable progress over the past few decades in terms of how they use energy and how they can be used themselves. Perhaps the most intriguing is how they can be made to yield information, about themselves and the equipment they power, through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Motors are the driving force of industrial production. New approaches to motor monitoring, alignment, testing, and connections are saving time and costs while improving safety. At the same time, energy-saving motors and intelligent drives are boosting efficiency and performance while facilitating troubleshooting.
11/12/2020 Industry News
Since 1926, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has set standards for motors used in North America. NEMA regularly updates and publishes MG 1, a book that assists users in the proper selection and application of motors and generators. It contains practical information concerning performance, efficiency, safety, testing, construction and the manufacture of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors and generators. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) defines the standard for electric motors for the rest of the world. Similar to NEMA, IEC publishes Standard 60034-1, the motors guide for the global market.
Pressure on the mining industry to make the development of new facilities financially attractive to investors is increasing. Ensuring a profitable operation by maximizing productivity is certainly an important part of that process. Prospective ways to boost productivity include increasing production rates, reducing production costs or extending the lifespan of existing assets.
9/23/2020 Industry News
For the last 5 years, Edge Factor has celebrated MFG DAY across North America by helping our communities inspire students, parents, educators, and community leaders with the Rock MFG Day Kit. The Edge Factor high impact media helped take the students on an exciting journey “Behind closed doors” to meet the teams of manufacturers as well as learn about the technology they use to build the world around us.
The Baldor-Reliance® EC TitaniumTM is a highly efficient motor paired with a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) that enables the use of advanced motor control algorithms for higher efficiencies across the speed and load range than traditional EC (electrically commutated) motor solutions. By utilizing a drive to control motors, up to 40% energy savings are achieved.
There are several aspects in conveyor drive component designs that must be considered, including power matched components, harsh duty features sets, maintenance requirements and specific site conditions.
The U.S. began regulating electric motor efficiency in 1992 with the “Energy Efficiency Provision” of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct), and in 1997, the U.S. was the first country to establish MEPS for electric motors. These regulations, however, only applied to motors manufactured in or sold to U.S. markets, with many countries around the world operating under their own efficiency rating systems and MEPS for electric motors.
Threaded fasteners are one of the most common components in machine design. Such fasteners come in a great variety of shapes, sizes, and materials that serve a wide variety of applications across virtually every industry in the world. In all cases, the performance of bolted joints depends heavily on the torque applied during installation. Below, the basic design and function of bolted joints is explained, best practices for tightening threaded fasteners are provided, and the importance of designing around and applying the proper torque spec to any bolt or screw is emphasized.
A food safety recall can cost a company an average £8 million in direct costs alone, according to the 2017 study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in the US. A key factor in avoiding recalls is to maintain rigorous hygiene standards. That makes it critical for equipment in food plants to be washed frequently to keep it clean and avoid contamination.