ABB India upgrades smart power factory to Industry 5.0 


ABB India has expanded and upgraded its Smart Power factory in Nelamangala, Bengaluru, with one of the first Industry 5.0 production processes. It said the upgrade will help it meet strong demand growth for its smart power solutions and energy management technologies.

The smart facility harnesses advanced collaborative robotics technology for better human-machine interface, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced digitalization technologies. It manufactures, tests, and supplies ABB Smart Power’s complete range of low-voltage power equipment and energy management technologies to meet industry demand for increased reliability and energy savings. It caters to commercial and residential buildings, infrastructure operators, utilities, and solar and wind power systems.

The ABB Smart Power factory spans more than 8,400 square meters, and links equipment such as “cobots,” motors, and drives to the Internet of Things (IoT). The connected factory software highlights process optimization opportunities and schedules predictive maintenance to maximize productivity and efficiency. This resulted in enhanced productivity of 40% in the same space, with an energy efficiency of 15%, and a 50% improvement in the test automation ratio.

“The upgrades and expansion at the Bangalore factory make it one of our most advanced production facilities in the world. The adoption of exciting new Industry 5.0 technologies makes this an ideal home for the production, testing, and supply of ABB Smart Power’s technologies,” said Giampiero Frisio, president of the smart power division at ABB Group.

This facility also uses different types of robots with combined autonomous test cells for different product variants. 

“Through our own digital transformation at this facility, we will be able to demonstrate the benefits of adopting smart solutions directly to our customers. We believe that this will encourage the shift towards digital and sustainable manufacturing in India,” said Kiran Dutt, president of electrification for ABB India. “Smart factories would be the cornerstone for the Indian manufacturing sector to leapfrog and manufacture quality electrification products and solutions to support the country’s next level growth across sectors sustainably.”  

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