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ABB takes its transformer intelligence to new height with smart sensors



March 3, 2015 – ABB, a power and automation technology group, unveiled a smart sensor based technology earlier today for utility and industrial customers to optimize and manage transformer assets.

The enhanced Transformer Intelligence solution made its debut at the U.S. Automation and Power World event in Texas. The solution is based on the next generation of its online monitoring system CoreTec, which “keeps a close watch on a transformer’s mission-critical functions and performs a complete evaluation of its operating conditions,” said ABB. It can also simulate future service conditions and forecast their impact on transformer lifetime, enabling predictive maintenance, the company added.

The Transformer Intelligence solution’s CoreSense sensor continuously records hydrogen and moisture and provides CoreTec with real-time data to optimize transformer management.

“This is yet another example of ABB’s transformer lifecycle support philosophy and commitment to service,” said Markus Heimbach, head of ABB’s transformers business, a part of the company’s power products division. “Our domain knowledge and century long experience as a global leader in transformer technology enables us to develop innovative solutions that support our customers in managing their assets more efficiently and help drive the evolution of smarter grids.”

This new innovation can be deployed with existing and new transformers, said ABB.