ABB India Opens Smart Factory in Bengaluru

The ‘smart factory’ is expected to improve the efficiency and flexibility of the manufacturing process


ABB India has opened a smart factory designed to produce electrical safety and energy efficiency products in Karnataka’s capital city of Bengaluru.

The factory is one of the first in Bengaluru that is set up to produce electrical protection and connection components. It is located at ABB’s existing factory premises in Bengaluru’s Nelamangala.

The smart factory houses the production line for ABB India’s entire protection and connection business, which protects power systems from surges and enables a reliable power supply to be provided for various installations.

The smart factory allows for the continuous monitoring of  production using visualizations of operational data to increase efficiency and flexibility.

The smart production line can track and display operational performance parameters across the entire manufacturing chain in real time. The factory also has digital life cycle management with interconnected automation components, machines as well as data about processes and products. Real-time feeds monitor the entire manufacturing process.

Remote access and wireless communication using Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) manage production, work orders, and testing parameters.

“ABB has continued to invest in building capacity to cater to the evolving trends in the Indian market and bridging them with best-in-class global technology,” Sanjeev Sharma, the managing director of ABB India, said in a press release.

“As digitalization gains traction across Indian industries, ABB’s smart factory will take the production of power equipment to the next level. Digital technologies enabling the manufacturing of various next-generation plug and play solutions will cater to a rapidly evolving market,” Sharma added.

Mercom previously reported that consistent cost structure improvements helped ABB India boost its after-tax profits by 18 percent year-over-year to ₹830 million (~$12.8 million) in the third quarter of 2017, despite seeing its revenue fall by 6.8 percent to ₹19.15 billion (~$292.76 million).

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