ABB celebrates a century of control technology innovation

ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus technology connects ABB’s legacy of power generation leadership with its digital future at ABB Customer World

Houston, Texas, March 14, 2017 – ABB will present its portfolio of technology solutions for the power, water and process industries at ABB Customer World this week in Houston, Texas on March 13-16. This year’s event marks a century of innovation in power generation control technology from ABB, who has helped improve the productivity, efficiency, and reliability of industrial processes for the last 100 years.

ABB AbilityTM Symphony Plus, the state of the art distributed control system (DCS), is the latest in a long line of control technology developments from ABB that began with the Bailey Boiler Meter in 1916, which for the first time enabled operators to safely measure boiler pressure, steam, fuel usage and control emissions. This heritage of innovation continued through several milestones including the first automated control system, the first use of a digital computer, the first system with simultaneous, real-time access to process and business data, and the first web service for process control.

Today, many significant benefits of Symphony Plus are driven by digitalization. Part of the ABB AbilityTM portfolio of digital offerings, this control system adds value for customers by carefully collecting, analyzing and providing actionable insights on plant and engineering data in their systems, ultimately allowing them to lower project risk, reduce cost and throughput times and improve asset performance and profitability. While overcoming the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, ABB is able to draw on its long-standing spirit of innovation that represents its roots to the future.

“We now have the leading installed base of digital control systems in power generation worldwide – a result of a century of innovation, technology evolution, customer trust, and engagement from our teams around the world,” said Kevin Kosisko, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Generation & Water business unit. “Our vast installed base, wealth of expertise and application know-how, and leading technology puts us in a primary position to write our future.”



ABB AbilityTM Symphony Plus is the latest generation of ABB’s highly successful Symphony family of control systems. With more than 6,800 systems installed in the past 35 years and more than 60 gigawatts of additional power capacity installed during the last six years, much of it in the power generation and water sectors, ABB has one of the largest installed bases of distributed control systems in the world.


APW, now ABB Customer World, brings together professionals from utilities, industries and infrastructure for a premier educational and collaboration event in North America. Among the technologies on display, ABB will showcase ABB AbilityTM Symphony Plus, the new generation of digital control and optimization.


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 more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.com

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    • Stefania Mascheroni
      Global Marketing Communications Manager
      Power Generation
      Tel.: +39 010 6073384
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