ABB Freelance Version 2013 named “Best Product of the Year”

2013-12-12 - Control Engineering China confers award during the 10th Annual Best Product Award ceremonies in Shanghai

Freelance is a well-proven distributed control system technology that has been around for 20 years has been installed in over 18,000 sites globally since its inception in Germany.

ABB, the world’s leading power and automation technology group, announced that its Freelance Version 2013 distributed control system has been named “Best Product of the Year 2013” (Process and Advanced Control) by Control Engineering China (CEC), one of the Asian region's leading trade publications.

The 2013 Control Engineering China Annual Best Product Award ceremony was held Nov. 6 in Shanghai, led by CEC publisher and group co-founder Jim Langhenry.

With more than 18,000 installations spanning more than 100 countries, ABB continues to introduce innovations in its Freelance distributed control system (DCS), a full-fledged distributed control system that combines the advantages of both worlds – a DCS and a programmable logic controller (PLC) – by having the small footprint of a PLC with the full functionality of a DCS. With the newly launched AC 900F controller, Freelance 2013 provides more power, speed and functionality in a controller.

With this significant recognition, Freelance builds upon its legacy of excellence. In 2009, the AC 700F was given the “Engineer’s Choice Award" by Control Engineering in the US. This year, there were 86 domestic and 148 foreign industrial technology companies participating, with expertise ranging from embedded control and HMI to electric drives and information integration.

Freelance is a well-proven technology that has been around for approximately 20 years. ABB does not rest on its laurels, though. Freelance engineers continually leverage research and new technologies to improve our products. Freelance Version 2013 is the latest outcome of these efforts, and our answer to the ever-increasing demands of our customers for more power, more speed and more functionality from their DCS,” said Alfred Lee, ABB’s global Essential Automation marketing manager.

ABB ( 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 about 150,000 people.

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