Multinational energy company Enel chose AVEVA's predictive asset analytics software to remotely monitor 21 thermal generation plants across Europe and South America, which have a total capacity of 18.5 GW. The software will provide early warning notification of potential equipment issues. AVEVA is a specialist in engineering, industrial, and infrastructure software.
As urbanization increases-an additional 2.5 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050-cities and suburbs must undergo a significant transformation to create sustainable living conditions for their residents. Energy is a key pillar of this transformation, as energy companies seek to meet demographic and economic growth expectations in an environmentally friendly way. Electricity and gas companies can enhance efficiency and performance from existing capital investments by improving asset performance, made possible in part by the Industrial Internet of Things.
North American sales of machine vision components and systems increased 19 percent year over year to $709 million in the first quarter of 2018, setting an all-time record for quarterly sales, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry's trade group. Total machine vision sales include sales of components and systems. The machine vision components category grew 28 percent to a new record high of $107 million during the first quarter. The growth in components was primarily driven by camera sales, which increased 44 percent to $65 million. Optics (16 percent to $12 million) and software (nine percent to $5 million) markets also experienced growth in the first quarter.
The machine vision systems category increased 17 percent to $597 million in the first quarter of 2018. Within the systems category, sales of smart cameras climbed 26 percent to $109 million, while application-specific machine vision systems grew 16 percent to $488 million.
ABB will upgrade one of Helsinki's substations with its ABB Ability technology to help meet increased demand for power, improve power reliability, and assist transmission system operator, Fingrid, with its plan to digitalize its assets.
Housed in a glass-clad building, the 400-kilovolt Länsisalmi substation is an important part of Finland's transmission grid. As part of the project, ABB replaced an outdoor air-insulated switchgear (AIS) installation with gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) technology, freeing up 70 percent of the space occupied by the old facility.
In addition to the supply, the company will install modular switchgear monitoring devices onto the GIS to enable online condition monitoring of the circuit breakers. To reduce additional cabling, signals will be locally collected via WLAN using the IEC 61850 protocol and then uploaded to the ABB Ability Ellipse asset performance management (APM) system. Sensor technology will help Fingrid digitize its assets and make Länsisalmi a modern GIS substation.
Fingrid will also pilot the use of the Ability Ellipse APM to perform predictive analytics to help prevent critical failures in the transmission asset fleet, including transformers, circuit breakers, and transmission network equipment.
Bucharest-based OMV Petrom S.A. will use Honeywell Connected Plant for prescriptive monitoring of its CCR platforming unit at its Petrobrazi refinery in Ploiesti, Romania. The CCR platforming process upgrades low-value naphtha into high-octane gasoline and aromatics. OMV Petrom is an integrated oil and gas company and the largest producer of crude oil in Romania. It provides nearly half of Romania's domestic natural gas. The company's Petrobrazi refinery near Ploiesti has a refining capacity of 4.5 million tons per year.
OMV will use the Connected Plant's process insight reliability advisor to continuously feed plant data through Honeywell UOP process and fault models. It will also provide performance information and process recommendations. Honeywell's Reliability Advisor will help the plant mitigate issues that affect production and plant profitability by detecting and analyzing problems before they occur. It gives refineries, petrochemical, and gas processing plants greater visibility into their operations, helping identify and resolve difficult-to-detect problems that hamper production.
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