ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA, available from ABB Australia , has passed an extensive technical evaluation by Shell Global Solutions, for potential future use in the company’s projects. Shell tested the System 800xA core system and also its integrated System 800xA High Integrity SIS.
Shell’s evaluation noted several strengths for System 800xA Extended Automation System, including its ability to integrate process and power automation on a single platform with related integration and control of IEC61850 devices. This capability further enhances System 800xA’s fully integrated power management capability, and the ability to remotely access and control switchgear. This capability reduces commissioning time, while allowing for faster online modifications during operation.
System 800xA Extended Automation System’s ability to integrate multiple control and other plant systems, to enable control of several plants from one central location, was another key capability cited in the evaluation. Integral asset monitors provide constant visibility to the operations personnel, thereby reducing downtime through the use of intelligent field and electrical devices. One of the major advantages of this capability is the reduced cost associated with reduced maintenance schedules.
System 800xA Extended Automation System’s engineering tools were also noted as a unique strength. These tools promote consistency, reuse and redeployment of engineering configurations and strategies across numerous projects, as well as maintainability of delivered systems throughout the entire lifecycle.
“ABB’s System 800xA performed very well in wide range of simulated operating conditions during our assessment,” said Audun Gjerde from Shell Global Solutions.
“We found that it can integrate multiple systems and processes, while maintaining a high level of system security and process safety.”