ABB has launched its Ability Ellipse suite of software solutions at DistribuTECH US, to help utilities maximise asset performance and fast-track their route to digitalisation.
ABB Ability Ellipse aims to deliver a cross-enterprise approach to connected asset lifecycle management. The software suite has been designed to enable electric power utilities to optimise asset utilisation, drive down maintenance costs and reduce equipment failures and system outages. The number of new assets entering the grid is exploding – from smart meters and switches, to distributed energy sources such as solar and wind, to electric-vehicle charging stations.
The new ABB Ability Ellipse solution offers utilities a proactive approach for predictive maintenance that combines an asset management system with collection and analysis of performance data and a workforce management solution for dispatching crews and maintaining critical assets. Specifically, the solution unifies the functionality of ABB’s solutions for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Workforce Management (WFM) and Asset Performance Management (APM).
“We understand the challenges electric utilities face in driving greater levels of performance in an increasingly complex grid” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business within the company’s Power Grids division. “With ABB Ability Ellipse, utilities can now use a single, streamlined solution for the management, maintenance and monitoring of assets enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
As Asset Performance Management becomes a focal point for transforming the modern grid, it is vitally important that utilities manage their assets and labour with a cohesive strategy.