ABB AbilityTM solution helps leading cement producer in Switzerland to optimize plant operations.

ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager integrates process, quality, maintenance and environmental data for unified productivity decisions, delivering the benefits of digitalization to Ciments Vigier SA

Zurich, Switzerland, July 19, 2018 - ABB recently delivered its ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager solution to the Ciments Vigier plant in western Switzerland. Vigier Ciment SA, part of the global VICAT Group, has been producing Portland cement in Reuchenette, Switzerland, since 1891. The plant’s annual production is approximately 900’000 tons of cement for use in civil engineering and other major construction projects.

ABB’s scope of delivery included ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager software, related hardware, commissioning, training, and other services. Part of the ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize solution set, Knowledge Manager is a digital information management application that helps end users make the right decisions based on consolidated and transparent information at plant and corporate levels. It accesses integrated automation and ERP systems to provide consistent and validated information for these decisions.

ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager collects data from different sources in the plant, transforms it into meaningful KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and makes this information available across the customer organization to facilitate process improvements. The solution helps the customer team make production decisions more quickly, identify weak process areas and opportunities for improvement, and control the environmental impact of plant processes.

“The installation of ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager and digitalization of our plant data is really helping us to optimize our short term production processes and long term operations,” said Mrs. Kim Tran, Quality and Environment Performance Manager at Ciment Vigier SA. “It provides a better view into our process and has given us a faster and easier access to our data. The instantaneous reports, trends and the data collection tools help us to make studies and take decisions. This new tool already lead to real process improvements.“

Knowledge Manager is part of ABB AbilityTM, ABB’s unified, cross-industry, digital offering, which enables customers to increase productivity and lower costs. It has helped cement and mining customers around the world to improve the performance of their operations, and the safety of their on-site personnel for decades. ABB AbilityTM Knowledge Manager incorporates leading-edge digital capabilities and technology to provide cement and mining industry customers with the ability to easily view, analyze, and act upon critical process data.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, 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 in ABB 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 147,000 employees.

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