The Extended Automation System 800xA, available from ABB Australia , serves as the foundation for integrated process and electrical automation. The extended automation system provides a platform for unified operations to increase productivity and power reliability for process manufacturing customers in all industries. The combination of these systems yields significant savings for customers in terms of costs and manpower.
By integrating these systems on the common 800xA platform, customers can optimise the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs. In addition to overall operational advantages, the initial investment costs for an integrated system can be less than the cost of two non-integrated systems.
The Extended Automation System 800xA’s unique information integration and visualisation capabilities make it possible to connect the electrical power control system, so that operators can view and control both systems in one user interface.
Integrated process and electrical systems makes it possible to run power management applications in the process automation system, providing a reliable power control system that reduces the possibility of power interruptions or blackouts while optimising all operations and assets, including the ones of the electrical part of the plant.
According to Mats Pettersson, Product Manager System 800xA, ABB Australia, by using the Extended Automation System 800xA as the integration foundation for power management and automation, customers can realise operational advantages in terms of engineering effort and costs, increased optimisation of all process, and electrical assets and streamlined maintenance.
The Extended Automation System 800xA fully supports IEC 61850, the global communication standard for power distribution and substation automation. It includes a recently released IEC 61850 interface that fully integrates switchgear and protection Intelligent Electrical Devices (IED) for the power distribution side of an industrial plant. The Extended Automation System 800xA has supported regular electrical devices for the process side of the plant, such as variable-speed drives, motor controllers and low-voltage circuit breakers to enhance equipment effectiveness and improve access to vital equipment and system data without the need for gateways, serial interfaces or hardwiring.
Since its introduction in 2004, the Extended Automation System 800xA has improved industrial productivity, safety, and operational profitability for customers in process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, cement, and mining to traditional electric and water utilities to alternative energy production such as solar, waste-to-energy and bioethanol.