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ABB announced today it has signed an agreement to purchase Siemens’ low voltage NEMA motor business. With manufacturing operations in Guadalajara, Mexico, this acquisition provides a well-regarded product portfolio, a longstanding North American customer base, and an experienced operations, sales, and management team. The business employs around 600 people and generated revenues of approximately $63 million in 2021. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023.
Low-voltage motors are often a preferred choice due to familiarity with products and available services, as well as the typically lower cost of individual components. However, as horsepower (hp) increases, there can be advantages to moving to a medium-voltage motor. Low-voltage motors typically go up to 1,000 hp while medium-voltage motors can cover 250 hp and higher.
The key to improved emissions and efficiency is to update and elevate, Henson pointed out—swapping out an old motor for a new 50-horsepower model can avoid 24 metric tons of pollution per machine per year
7/21/2022 Company News
Overall, I am pleased with how the teams delivered strong order growth as well as a margin in line with our long-term target. This was achieved despite the pressure from a tight supply chain, Covid-enforced lockdowns in China and the inflationary environment. Cash flow came in higher than in the first quarter, and I expect a good momentum in the second half of the year.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns this weekend to the Red Hook Neighborhood of New York City for the fifth time. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Manhattan skyline, the Red Hook Circuit winds around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, under the gaze of Lady Liberty. The 14-turn, 2.32 km course combines high-speed turns, straightaways and hairpins to create a thrilling and challenging street circuit for the 22 competing drivers.
The pandemic has accelerated already-existing transformations within manufacturing, particularly the need for greater digitalisation. It’s also highlighted manufacturing’s economic importance. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the sector contributes $2.71 trillion to the economy every year, making US manufacturing equivalent in value to the world’s eighth-largest economy.
In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, Shelley Gager, NEMA Segment Manag-er - General Industries, volunteered her time and knowledge at the annual STEM Days of Sum-mer at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on Thursday, June 23. Representing ABB and the Society of Women Engineers, Shelley shared what it means to be an engineer with more than 400 students and their families.
POSCO Mexico, manufactures and supplies steel and steel parts to automotive manufacturers - including Volkswagen, General Motors, Kia and Chrysler - and home appliance companies from their plant in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico. More than 500 employees in 12 different departments produce 900,000 tons of material for distribution in Mexico and the southern United States.
ABB gave an update today on the planned initial public offering of its E-mobility business. The listing of the business remains an important part of ABB’s strategy. However, recent market conditions have made it challenging to proceed with a planned share offering in the second quarter of 2022.
The Manufacturing Institute identifies innovation, creativity, and problem solving as the most common attributes of the women recipients of the 2022 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders Awards. Few can be better characterized than this year’s ABB award winners, Suzanne Mitchell and Bria Williams.

Company News

ABB announced today it has signed an agreement to purchase Siemens’ low voltage NEMA motor business. With manufacturing operations in Guadalajara, Mexico, this acquisition provides a well-regarded product portfolio, a longstanding North American customer base, and an experienced operations, sales, and management team. The business employs around 600 people and generated revenues of approximately $63 million in 2021. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023.
Low-voltage motors are often a preferred choice due to familiarity with products and available services, as well as the typically lower cost of individual components. However, as horsepower (hp) increases, there can be advantages to moving to a medium-voltage motor. Low-voltage motors typically go up to 1,000 hp while medium-voltage motors can cover 250 hp and higher.
The key to improved emissions and efficiency is to update and elevate, Henson pointed out—swapping out an old motor for a new 50-horsepower model can avoid 24 metric tons of pollution per machine per year
7/21/2022 Company News
Overall, I am pleased with how the teams delivered strong order growth as well as a margin in line with our long-term target. This was achieved despite the pressure from a tight supply chain, Covid-enforced lockdowns in China and the inflationary environment. Cash flow came in higher than in the first quarter, and I expect a good momentum in the second half of the year.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns this weekend to the Red Hook Neighborhood of New York City for the fifth time. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Manhattan skyline, the Red Hook Circuit winds around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, under the gaze of Lady Liberty. The 14-turn, 2.32 km course combines high-speed turns, straightaways and hairpins to create a thrilling and challenging street circuit for the 22 competing drivers.
In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, Shelley Gager, NEMA Segment Manag-er - General Industries, volunteered her time and knowledge at the annual STEM Days of Sum-mer at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on Thursday, June 23. Representing ABB and the Society of Women Engineers, Shelley shared what it means to be an engineer with more than 400 students and their families.
POSCO Mexico, manufactures and supplies steel and steel parts to automotive manufacturers - including Volkswagen, General Motors, Kia and Chrysler - and home appliance companies from their plant in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico. More than 500 employees in 12 different departments produce 900,000 tons of material for distribution in Mexico and the southern United States.
ABB gave an update today on the planned initial public offering of its E-mobility business. The listing of the business remains an important part of ABB’s strategy. However, recent market conditions have made it challenging to proceed with a planned share offering in the second quarter of 2022.
The Manufacturing Institute identifies innovation, creativity, and problem solving as the most common attributes of the women recipients of the 2022 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders Awards. Few can be better characterized than this year’s ABB award winners, Suzanne Mitchell and Bria Williams.
ABB, a global leader in technology, announces the IEC Zone 2 & 22 and UL Div 2, Class I & II, Triple-Certified motor for hazardous locations. This universal motor design covers >80% of global MEPS/certificates, including North America and Europe. The IEC motor is UL and CE marked and complies with the US IHP and EU EcoDesign requirements.

New Products

ABB announces the Baldor-Reliance® Critical Cooling motor with sealed hybrid ceramic bearings offering the highest level of protection and performance when used with variable frequency drives (VFDs) controlled motors. These innovative motors are able to operate at the high temperatures, partial speeds and demanding loads required in critical cooling applications.
When space is at a premium, ABB’s Baldor-Reliance RPM AC motors deliver the highest levels of performance. RPM AC is designed with a power-dense laminated steel frame with custom power and speed ratings to match demanding variable speed application requirements.
ABB’s Baldor-Reliance Severe Duty XT motor is a true severe duty motor that bridges the gap between the Baldor-Reliance General Purpose and XEX premium severe duty motor lines.
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.

Awards & Recognition

The results are in! Once again, ABB and Baldor-Reliance motors have been recognized as most preferred in the category of Electric Motor technology in the 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards balloting for Control Design Magazine. The readers who responded anonymously to the survey represented diverse process industries with the majority of responses from North America.
Participants chosen for Leadership Greenville share diverse experiences through community projects to provide quality leadership within the area.
5/28/2021 Awards & Recognition
If there were ever a year when we could all use some good news, it's this one. And this roster of Readers' Choice Awards winners is full of great solutions from solid manufacturers. After months and months of sheltering in place and social distancing and videoconferencing, we've witnessed remote connectivity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous mobile robots transforming from science fiction into permanent components of the industrial-manufacturing landscape. This year we saw small change in the companies' components and devices preferred by our readers.
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.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards. The past two decades have been as liberating as they’ve been innovative. Remote capabilities and software-driven enhancements have pushed technology forward so fast there seems to be no limit to what can’t be automated or upgraded. The impossible has become the standard, and industry has shaken off technological restrictions without looking back. When is the last time you even heard someone utter the word, “bandwidth”?
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.

Industry News

The pandemic has accelerated already-existing transformations within manufacturing, particularly the need for greater digitalisation. It’s also highlighted manufacturing’s economic importance. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the sector contributes $2.71 trillion to the economy every year, making US manufacturing equivalent in value to the world’s eighth-largest economy.
Choosing the right motor and drive for an application is central to achieving the desired performance and service life. Strategic monitoring and testing help to keep the devices and systems in top form. The following are some offerings that further these crucial goals.
Most readers of Plant Engineering magazine are familiar with electric motors made to National Electrical Manufacturers Asso­ciation (NEMA) standards as commonly used in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, some parts of South America and Saudi Arabia. But nearly 70% of the indus­trial motors sold worldwide are made to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. Motor standards for these motors are MG 1 for NEMA and the 60034 series and 60071 for IEC that define mechanical, electrical, and performance specifications.
Pumps are literally the heart of a food plant, moving vital fluids around. And as with human hearts, electronic monitoring of their condition can ensure continued health. Digital technology has enhanced the performance and the maintenance of many kinds of industrial equipment, and pumps are no exception. The right kind of monitoring and control of pumps, and of the motors and drives that power them, can go a long way toward improving their performance and making sure they keep running.
7/26/2021 Industry News
The motor industry in North America has worked on a standardized basis since the early part of the 20th century. In 1926, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) was established to provide a forum for the standardization of electrical equipment, enabling consumers to select from a range of safe, effective and compatible electrical products. To this day, NEMA updates and publishes standards, application guides and technical papers for electrical products and works in advocacy for the industry.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from diseases transmitted by contaminated food annually in the United States. Among the major bacteria that cause these diseases are Listeria and Salmonella. This statistic is alarming and shows that much remains to be done to ensure food safety and public health, especially now that, due to a pandemic like the Coronavirus, hygiene and sanitation requirements have become and will become more rigorous. For this reason, ABB, a world leader in industrial automation with more than one million washdown electric motors installed in the food industry worldwide, continues to design technologies that contribute to energy sustainability, food safety and comply with regulations set by bodies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ABB is also known for listening to food processors and organizations such as the U.S. National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to design products that contribute to the processing of high-quality food products.
Electric motors play a vital role in our everyday lives - where we live, work and play. Simply put, they make almost everything that moves, move. Nearly 70 percent of electricity consumed by industry is used by electric motor systems.
To choose the right motor for your application, you need to consider more than just horsepower, speed, and torque, of course. With electric motor systems accounting for about 70% of the electricity demand in industry, energy efficiency has long been a prerequisite that seemed, however, to be reaching its limits. Efficiency is being pushed further through full system optimization, but requirements are also increasing for improved hygiene, safety, connectivity, data availability…everything that will keep those motors and drives—and all the production equipment they keep in motion—from shutting down unexpectedly.
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.