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ABB 's Industrial IT System 800xA should provide customers with a better way to achieve measurable productivity and profitability improvements.

System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings.

ABB Industrial IT Marketing vice president Robert Hausler said with Industrial IT System 800xA Extended Automation, customers would achieve “dramatic and continuous productivity improvements” at all levels of their automation operations.

"System 800xA provides our customers with the ability to do much more with their automation systems than they could in the past. With this introduction, ABB has raised the bar for automation system scope and functionality."

Industrial IT System 800xA extends beyond the reach of traditional automation systems to achieve the productivity gains necessary to succeed in today's business markets.

This reach extends beyond essential process control to production management, safety systems, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, robotics, information management, asset optimisation and documentation.

Its unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant.

For the first time, this range of functionality is accessible from a single user interface that is configured to present information and provide interaction in a context appropriate to all user disciplines.

The growing deployment of peripheral applications related to productivity improvement vastly increases the amount of data available within the plant, utility, or mill. Yet, without the proper context, plant personnel can be exposed to information overload.

With System 800xA's single user interface, management, operations, maintenance and engineering personnel access the specific information and functions that are relevant to them.

This eliminates wasted time spent searching through data or views that are not relevant to the individual job function in order to get to the desired information.

System 800xA's single user interface dramatically increases individual productivity by saving time and effort for each user.

Extended automation objects created within the 800xA Engineering environment provide a foundation for the efficient development, deployment, reuse, and continuous improvement of production applications with predictability unattainable from other automation solutions.

This significantly increases engineering efficiency, as solutions and applications only need to be developed once for uniform use and reuse throughout the automation environment. This makes it easy to access and reuse the best strategies to solve problems and improve the process.

System 800xA is the latest instalment on ABB's 20+ year commitment to their DCS users.

Built on the Industrial IT Aspect ObjectTM technology platform and industry specific expertise, ABB's automation portfolio provides the seamless link between process and business management to deliver knowledge-based solutions.

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