ABB releases cpmPlus Energy Manager software

Helps customers monitor and manage energy use to reduce overall energy costs, improve efficiency

Baden, Switzerland, March 12, 2009 – ABB announced today that it has released its IndustrialIT cpmPlus Energy Manager software to help customers in all industries monitor, manage and optimize their energy usage for maximum efficiency and cost savings. It addresses the business side of energy management by producing accurate energy demand plans and taking advantage of them in energy supply planning and optimization. Being able to accurately plan the energy requirements a day-ahead provides significant financial advantages, especially in the open electricity market, and ultimately lowers energy costs.

Energy Manager also includes reporting and analysis tools that evaluate the energy use patterns of all processes and pinpoint areas for improvement.

This innovative solution will be included in the exhibition and technical sessions at ABB Automation & Power World 2009 in Orlando, Florida later this month (March 24-26.)


A key element in any company’s energy management program, Energy Manager offers dramatic cost savings for customers in all industries, especially for processes that are particularly energy-intensive. Opportunities for cost reduction are greatest when both electricity consumption and prices vary over time, which is common in the process industries and in the open electricity market environment. Energy Manager clearly indicates the cost of electricity and provides support to schedule electricity consumption for off-peak hours. It coordinates electricity purchases and sales with its own generation capacity, then schedules this generation during on-peak hours, when purchased electricity is most expensive, to provide additional cost savings.

Typically, cpmPlus Energy Manager can help customers achieve overall cost reductions of 2 to 5 per cent of their total electricity cost. For some process manufacturers, this can translate into millions of dollars saved annually.

“cpmPlus Energy Manager is an exciting new product to add to our portfolio. ABB has a rich offering of products to improve energy efficiency, and by adding the optimization of the business side of Energy Management, we complete the overall picture.,” said Rauli Hantikainen, Vice President, Collaborative Production Management, ABB. “The product is designed to allow customers to start small, then expand as they start to realize the overall benefits. Customers implementing this product have seen annual savings in excess of $2 million, with major reductions in their carbon footprint.”

Energy Manager is completely scalable; this modular solution can start with basic energy monitoring and reporting at a single facility, and later expand to include multiple sites, or be implemented throughout the entire company to optimize energy use and manage energy supply costs. As a corporate wide solution, Energy Manager spans multiple regions and countries to serve hundreds of users at different sites.

Energy Manager includes planning and scheduling tools to optimize energy use and supply, energy balance management tools to support the real-time monitoring and control of the energy balance, and reporting tools to evaluate and report energy consumption, costs, efficiency and other energy-related information.

Energy Manager is a core component 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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