HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 7, 2007 – ABB Inc., a leader in power and automation technologies, has joined the Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise Alliance Program. The alliance extends integration capabilities from initial control system design to plant handover for Engineering, Procurement and Construction and Owner Operators using ABB’s IndustrialIT Extended Automation System 800xA and SmartPlant Enterprise suite, assuring ongoing support for the life cycles of their plants and assets.
The enhanced relationship will bring integration benefits for users of the Industrial IT enabled Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise suite and ABB System 800xA including: initial configuration of the control system; updates to the control system during design changes; documentation of control system configuration; consistent as-built documentation during plant handover; and improved decision making during critical maintenance and operations events.
“The increased integration of two of the industry’s most widely used systems resulting from this alliance will provide even more ways to improve overall engineering efficiency and productivity for our customers,” said ABB Group Vice President Mark Taft. “This alliance exemplifies ABB’s ongoing strategy to complement System 800xA through the integration of best-in-class products and capabilities to reduce life cycle costs of our customers’ automation investments and provide them with the tools and technologies they need to get the most value out of that investment.”
“ABB is the third and largest distributed control system supplier to join the SmartPlant Alliance Program,” said Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. “The addition of ABB to the Alliance Program underscores the widespread acceptance of SmartPlant Enterprise and its open, integrated platform to extend value across the engineering enterprise.”
ABB’s System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in a single operations and engineering environment so that plants and mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its unique engineering environment manages one set of consistent data, for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant.
Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise is a comprehensive product suite offering increasing value from IT to improve project execution, handover and plant operational efficiency. SmartPlant Enterprise includes the following components: 3D Modeling & Visualization; Information Management, Engineering & Schematics; Materials Management & Project Controls and the SmartPlant Alliance Program. From concept and design through operations, maintenance and decommissioning, Intergraph enables electronic management of all of the plant’s engineering information, integrating information on the physical asset, processes, and regulatory and safety imperatives.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 108,000 people.
Intergraph Corp. is a leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships, and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
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