ABB has won Supplier of the Year at the Pump Industry Awards for the second year running and the sixth time overall.
Backed by the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA) and held in Oxfordshire in March, the Supplier of the Year award recognises ABB’s ongoing commitment to developing technologies and services that save energy, reduce downtime and increase the resilience of pump systems across all industries.
Rob Wood of ABB collected the award on behalf of the company: “Winning this award two years in a row is recognition of ABB’s ongoing commitment to driving growth, both for itself and its customers, through a focus on collaboration and innovation. ABB is dedicated to creating products and services that improve the performance, lifespan and resilience of pump systems. Most recently we have seen truly fantastic results when working with customers in the field to implement innovative, cloud-based solutions to tackle both technical and environmental challenges.”
ABB continuously strives towards enabling pump suppliers to harness the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT). The ABB Ability Smart Sensor for low voltage motors is just one example. This sensor can be attached, without wires, to any low voltage motors and, by measuring key parameters such as heat and vibration, is able to let the operator know in advance of any problems within the motor.
Another innovation is ABB’s dedicated variable speed drive (VSD) for water and wastewater applications, ACQ580. Introduced in 2017, the ACQ580 is a truly digital drive that features a host of smart pump functions from anti-ragging to turbidity reduction.
ABB is an advocate of collaboration through the sharing of best practice. Throughout 2017 it continued to expand its range of pump-related training courses which are offered free of charge to pump manufacturers and operators, system integrators, consultants and contractors. Most recently this included the introduction of its CPD-accredited course, Understanding System Efficiencies . The hour-long course is designed to help pump operators to improve the efficiency of the electrical system driving their pumps (typically a transformer, VSD, electric motor, switchgear and cabling), while saving up to 20 percent in energy costs.