ABB’s new asset performance management platform

Can be used with ABB, third-party instruments, company says

ABB said its new ABB Ability SmartMaster is a comprehensive asset performance management platform for verification and condition monitoring of instrumentation and field devices across industries including oil & gas.

SmartMaster gathers, analyzes and verifies diagnostic data from instruments remotely, without interrupting current measurement tasks, the company said. The platform can be used with a range of ABB and third-party instruments, such as flow meters, level meters, temperature, and pressure sensors. Available as an on-premise or cloud-based solution, SmartMaster provides a fleet-level overview from the field straight to the customer’s phone, tablet, or other devices.

ABB said its news Ability SmartMaster is a comprehensive asset performance management platform. (Image: ABB)

SmartMaster addresses key challenges for companies such as managing the sheer volume of instruments that are installed on any given plant. Many facilities typically have hundreds or even thousands of devices, some of which may be installed in hard-to-reach or hazardous areas, the company said.

Another big challenge is applications and data running in silos, the company said. This limits insights and efficiency of operations. By getting better, actionable insights, industrial companies can see both increased efficiency and environmental benefits.

“Plant operators are expected to increase efficiency as well as become more sustainable and for this, it’s critical that each device, each instrument performs optimally in the industrial process,” said Amina Hamidi, Managing Director, Business Line Instrumentation, ABB Measurement & Analytics. “With hundreds of field devices working in the background, optimal performance is impossible to achieve without digital service technology. The ABB Ability SmartMaster connects the physical and digital worlds, ensuring that instruments perform optimally.”

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