ABB’s Active Voltage Conditioner protects process quality at leading electronics manufacturer

2018-03-29 - ABB’s Active Voltage Conditioner system, the PCS100 AVC-40, boost quality and productivity at AGC Display Glass, a major supplier of glass substrates for display technologies. The technology protects sensitive industrial production processes from the disruptions and damage caused by voltage fluctuations in the utility power supply.

Voltage sags and surges are the most common cause of plant malfunctions in advanced manufacturing facilities with high levels of precision automation. Without power protection, such significant disruptions can occur 12-18 times a year. Eliminating lost production due to down time and related quality issues can transform the competitiveness of a facility.

Shen Xiang, Sales Specialist for ABB’s Power Protection business in China, said: “Businesses choose ABB’s Active Voltage Conditioners to protect processes where the loss of voltage for even a few milliseconds results in the failure of the machinery and damage to its yield. The PCS100 AVC-40 is the most efficient solution available –– and it provides higher levels of overload capability to handle conditions that defeat competitor systems.”

The PCS100 AVC-40 uses ABB’s proven Active Voltage Conditioner system to correct voltage issues instantly, maximizing productivity. ABB has installed two systems at the company’s Shenzhen facility to protect the manufacturing process control system, quality inspection equipment and automation for glass cleaning and material handling. The systems correct voltage fluctuations in less than five milliseconds, ensuring these operations continue to run smoothly. A redundant internal bypass system also ensures continuity of supply from the utility.

Li Jin, Electrical Manager at AGC Display Glass, said: “To succeed in this competitive and technologically complex industry, reliable power protection is paramount. With more than 4,000 hours of production accrued so far since the AVC’s installation, ABB’s solution has completely eliminated the shallow voltage sags that would normally affect our highly sensitive glass inspection equipment. ABB’s commitment to quality, innovation and the level of service on hand made the upgrade straightforward.”

ABB’s PCS100 AVC-40 enables factories to streamline their resources. The unit uses utility power, removing the need for expensive on-site generators to stabilize power supplies. And, because it draws the energy for voltage corrections from the utility supply, there is no need for batteries, further reducing maintenance costs.

ABB’s compact design makes it easy to install in machine rooms or other confined spaces, freeing up floor space. Its minimal heat emission means energy efficiency exceeds 98 percent and cooling requirements are lowered.

AGC Display Glass of Shenzhen City, China is one of the world’s leading producers of glass substrates. Their technologies are used in a huge range of thin film transistor (TFT) displays, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic LEDs. The company’s advanced manufacturing methods are key to its global competitiveness.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

For more information please contact:

Natalie Hodges

Media Relations ManagerAffolternstrasse 44
Electrification Products Division
Phone: +41 (0)43 317 54 04
8050 Zurich

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