ABB released a paper documenting ideas for its future of process automation that I wrote about a few months ago. This release takes the platform a step in that direction. Plus, ABB is relating its latest distributed control system release to improved digital transformation.

ABB Ability Symphony Plus distributed control system (DCS) contains a simplified and secure OPC UA1 connection to the Edge and Cloud, without interfering with core control and automation functionalities. 

It delivers customers access to digital solutions, such as fleet asset management enabled by ABB Ability Genix Asset Performance Management. It also enables users to access process and alarm data from mobile devices through the ABB Mobile Operations application.

Critical data can now be viewed anywhere, anytime, thanks to HTML5 web-based operation and engineering tools, promoting collaboration, improving plant uptime and performance. Flexible field device management has also been enabled with ABB’s Field Information Manager (FIM), making the configuration, commissioning, diagnostics, and maintenance of fieldbus instruments quicker and easier. 

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