Globally, the need for electrical energy is increasing with world population growth, industrialisation and urbanisation. 

At the same time energy sources are becoming more decentralised, with ever growing demand for cleaner energy and a consequential rise in market complexity. 

As a result, technologies and processes related to the distribution and application of electrical energy are transforming, as the industry moves to make operations and equipment safer, smarter and more sustainable.

Switchgear is one of the technologies that has recently undergone a step change; the first major change to its design in almost fifty years. 

Switchgear describes a collection of electrical disconnect switches, fuses or circuit breakers used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment. They are key to ensuring the safe flow of electricity and are therefore crucial elements of the electrified economy.

ABB’s NeoGear is unlike any previous switchgear on the market. Our Corporate Research and Development team took a new look at the problems that switchgear solves, taking their knowledge and advances made in material science to develop an innovative solution that meets the growing demands of businesses who want effective operations.

We have made it simpler by design, reducing the number of parts, so that it uses up to 25 per cent less space than conventional switchgear. 

It is also safer, thanks to its revolutionary busbar system, and it dissipates 20 per cent less heat, saving energy. 

What’s more, access to advanced analytics enables better energy management, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, reducing operational costs by up to 30 per cent.

Intelligent systems simplify monitoring

There is an increasing need for technological innovation in electrical distribution systems, driven by the addition of disruptive renewable energy to our grids. 

To guarantee the quality and availability of supply to industries, hospitals and other infrastructure, the entire system must be carefully monitored using solutions such as the ABB AbilityTM platform. 

Which features digital solutions for fault diagnosis, so that companies can proactively manage their electrical network, locally or remotely, and provide operators with useful information regarding performance and maintenance.

Proactive maintenance minimises stoppages

In order for industries to remain competitive and to control their expenditure, unplanned production stoppages must be prevented. 

By creating energy systems that provide alerts when there are failures, or better still when a part is not performing or when service or maintenance is due, then action can be taken. 

Also by proactively monitoring and taking preemptive remedial measures there are fewer interruptions and the production cycle is maintained. With so many industrial processes being sensitive to changes in electrical supply, businesses are looking for reliable solutions to ensure equipment is maintained in good working order. 

NeoGear provides this high level of monitoring so that maintenance requirements can be flagged in advance and problems fixed before they have a negative impact on productivity.

Innovation breeds efficiency

Through better measurement and analysis comes greater management and control, which, in turn, creates greater safety, reliability, and productivity. 

The digitisation of electrical distribution heralds a new age in efficiency and reliability, which will enable us to develop electrical networks with higher power ratings, better performance, more embedded intelligence and unprecedented levels of interconnectivity.

Enhancing flexibility, improving safety and lowering environmental impacts. 

To find out more about ABB’s new bus plate technology, click here. 

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