ABB’s cpmPlus Expert Optimizer now available for all process industries

APC solution has improved energy efficiency in many production facilities

Baden, Switzerland, March 16, 2009 – ABB announced today that it has released the cross-industry version of its award-winning IndustrialIT cpmPlus Expert Optimizer software. Originally developed and implemented as an industry-specific application to improve operating performance and energy efficiency, with successful installations in more than 200 production facilities worldwide, Expert Optimizer’s advanced process control capabilities have been extended and are now available to provide these same benefits to all process industry customers.

Expert Optimizer coordinates the optimal running parameters from the different parts of the process and immediately detects deviations among the different parts of the operation. Expert Optimizer is able to stabilize and then optimize the whole process, which helps plant management to reach profitability and sustainability goals. Implemented in more than 200 production facilities worldwide, Expert Optimizer has delivered substantial improvements in productivity and energy efficiency; typical production increases have ranged from 3 – 10%.

“This release of cpmPlus Expert Optimizer leverages the success of a proven industry solution and makes those efficiency benefits available to our customers across all industries,” said Simo Saynevirta, Head of Product Management for Collaborative Production Management, ABB. “This extension of the cpmPlus suite is another example of how we are deploying solutions and our best practices from industry specific applications and broadening their scope to deliver significant benefits to a wider range of processes and customers.”

cpmPlus Expert Optimizer is advanced process control software that coordinates the setpoints of the different parts of the process and immediately detects deviations among the different parts of the operation. By combining classical tools like neural networks and fuzzy control with state-of-the-art implementations of Linear and Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (MPC), Expert Optimizer stabilizes and then optimizes the process. Using Mixed Logical Dynamical Systems, operational and market data, Expert Optimizer is also able to calculate optimal schedules for the whole plant enabling Economic Process Optimization.

Expert Optimizer was honored with the Global Fuels Award for ‘Most innovative technology for electrical energy efficiency’ in 2008, and is part of cpmPlus (www.abb.com/cpm), ABB’s Collaborative Production Management suite of applications. cpmPlus provides process and production management, advanced optimization and connectivity solutions for the process industries.

ABB (www.abb.comwww.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 more than 120,000 people.

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