ABB has opened a new customer drives test laboratory at its factory in Helsinki, Finland. The facility now enables customers to have their own motors tested with ABB’s variable speed drives (VSDs) to verify their impact on performance and energy consumption.
The new customer drives test laboratory has been established, according to ABB, to enable customers to evaluate the capability of their own motors when operating in combination with the new generation of ABB drives. The facility incorporates independent equipment for high-precision measurements of drive/motor dynamic performance, load capability and efficiency that enables customers to find the optimal drive system for their application, helping reduce costs, equipment size and energy consumption.
The test laboratory is aimed primarily at high-volume drives customers and ABB partners, such as technology companies in the machine building industries and system integrators
"This investment really supports the process of establishing the ideal drive/motor combination," explains Morten Wierod, managing director of ABB’s Drives and Controls business unit, "and demonstrates how we can help customers test their equipment up to 400 kilowatts (kW) with a minimum amount of effort to verify that ABB’s solution is the best choice for their application."
ABB’s global drives business also has customer laboratories in the United States, China and India that provide local support.
“This new laboratory in Helsinki is the center of excellence for our business unit from where we support global customers with the most demanding requirements," adds Wierod. "The main advantage of these laboratories is how we connect them together in a global chain so that all customers always receive the best support available from the most appropriate ABB unit.”
The decision to make the investment to create the new facility was based on ABB’s successful experience with the customer application laboratory for crane and winch applications that opened in 2011.