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The electrifying force for a brighter grid future.

When it comes to balancing the growing demand on your grid with the growing cry for more responsible, sustainable energy generation, you need the right partner. A partner who delivers longstanding grid expertise from a team dedicated to your unique needs. And one who supports that team with innovations designed for the future needs of your grid, while being rooted in proven electrification excellence. ABB is that partner.

With solutions that take into account the need for sustainability in your business operations as well as in the lives of the surrounding communities. Solutions that expertly blend physical services and solutions with next-level digitization to power new levels of performance. Solutions that enable safer, smarter, more sustainable operations.

 Press Releases

  • ABB E-mobility, a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, today announces that production of EV chargers has commenced at its recently announced manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina. This will significantly reduce delivery and lead times for DC fast-chargers in the US, enabling charging developers, owners, and operators to deploy reliable chargers more quickly.

    A recent study estimated that the US needs to quadruple its charging infrastructure by 2025, and grow it more than eight times by 2030 to meet the demand from rising EV adoption. With manufacturing underway in the US, ABB E-mobility is positioned to support this rapid infrastructure growth.

    ABB E-mobility EV chargers produced in South Carolina satisfy a variety of Buy America Act programs, including the Buy America Act rules proposed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that would apply to the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. The charging solutions include the “all in one” Terra 184, which provides up to 180 kW of power in a compact footprint, ideal for highway and heavy-duty vehicle applications.

    Bob Stojanovic, Vice President for ABB E-mobility in North America commented: “This manufacturing milestone demonstrates ABB’s leadership in the energy transition to electrification and its ability to build the e-mobility economy in the United States. The need to expand US charging infrastructure is immediate and we have prioritized our business to support our customers and the industry as a whole, in order to meet increased demand.”

    ABB E-mobility was an early EV industry pioneer in DC fast charging, delivering its first systems 13 years ago, and has since sold more than 840,000 EV chargers across more than 85 countries.

    Chargers in production at this facility also include the Terra DC wallbox, rated up to 24 kW. Combined, this range of chargers serves a variety of charging site needs, including highway charging, shopping malls, convenience stores, fleets, commercial buildings, school buses, auto dealerships and more.

    Since 2010, ABB has invested $14 billion in the U.S. with plant expansions, operational improvements, state-of-the-art equipment, products, and people, making it the company’s largest market. With approximately 20,000 employees in more than 40 manufacturing and distribution facilities, ABB is investing, growing, and serving across America through industries that create jobs, encourage innovation, and achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

    ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com

    Media Relations

    Elizabeth Lubben



  • ABB Installation Products Inc. (ABB Installation Products), formerly Thomas & Betts, is expanding its relationship with Schaeffer Marketing Group (SMG), a leading electrical manufacturer representative in the United States. SMG will now represent all ABB Installation Products in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, in addition to existing programs across middle Illinois and the Carlon® line of electrical branded solutions they already represent in this market.

    Electrical customers across these areas can work with SMG as a local resource for sales, service and support of the ABB Installation Products portfolio. This includes Ocal® conduit and fittings, the Color-Keyed® compression system line, and a wide range of electrical components and materials for commercial and industrial applications.

    “Growing our program with Schaeffer Marketing Group helps electrical contractors and installers who rely on our solutions every day to deliver on critical construction, industrial and residential projects,” said Deni Miller, SVP of US Sales for ABB Installation Products. “Customers and distribution partners across Illinois and Eastern Missouri now have greater access to local support and supplies to meet a broad range of electrical needs.”

    Schaeffer Marketing Group represents manufacturers and provides support and training of electrical products to OEM, MRO, contractor and end-user markets through wholesale distribution.

    Part of ABB’s Electrification Business Area, ABB Installation Products, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of premium branded products used to manage the connection, protection and distribution of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With more than 200,000 products, ABB Installation Products has over a 100-year heritage of developing safe and smart solutions found wherever electricity is used.

    ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit https://go.abb/electrification.

    Media Relations
    Elizabeth Lubben
    +1 470 449 2683

    • First-ever virtualized protection and control solution on the market helps customers to maximize asset utilization
    • ABB Ability™ Smart Substation Control and Protection for electrical systems SS600 device now available as a standalone software version
    • Centralized protection and control bring scalability and flexibility in digital substations and SSC600 feature pack 4 brings further enhancements

    ABB is launching the first virtualized protection and control solution with Smart Substation Control and Protection SSC600 SW. The virtualized product enables customers to use the hardware of their choice and gain access to the same proven protection and control functionality as with ABB’s turnkey solution.

    SSC600 SW is the virtualized version of the Smart Substation Control and Protection SS600 device. In 2018, ABB introduced this revolutionary approach to protection and control (P&C) in distribution networks, where all the P&C functionality is centralized into one single device. One SSC600 device can handle the tasks of 30 protection relays. Centralizing this functionality in the substation reduces network complexity and supports optimal, lifelong asset management and up to 15 percent savings in substation life cycle costs.

    Why virtualization?

    There are many reasons why virtualization is increasingly becoming standard practice for IT architecture for businesses around the world. With virtualization, one server can become many virtual machines and replace the traditional ‘one computer, one application’ model. As users can merge more functionalities onto fewer physical devices, they are able to reduce the amount of space and administration needed. In other words, virtualization allows operators to get the most out of their hardware, while also cutting costs and achieving greater efficiency.

    ABB introduces SSC600 SW

    Customers can now choose SSC600 SW and are no longer tied to specific hardware allowing them to optimize their IT infrastructure. With many systems accommodated on one platform, they can reduce the number and type of devices and hardware in substations. This greatly simplifies performing maintenance activities. The inherent separation of functionality from hardware (virtualization) allows integrated, system-wide upgrades and additional functionality, without introducing the need for new hardware. As an example: an SSC600 device can protect 30 bays, whereas with a virtualized approach, customers can install multiple SSC600 SW instances on a single computer for even bigger systems.

    Further, with virtualized functionality, a substation owner can replace different kinds of old equipment with the same type of new equipment. This substantially reduces the amount of knowledge required to maintain the substation because of the smaller amount of hardware variants.

    To create a robust power system protection and control solution that provides the flexibility and enhanced resiliency necessary to face increasingly complex grids, SSC600 SW supports Linux KVM and the VMware Edge Compute Stack platform featuring ESXi 7.x or later as virtualization environments and runs on Intel® Xeon® Gold processors to ensure real-time performance.

    “The energy landscape is undergoing rapid and fundamental changes triggered by shifts in regulations to accelerate the green transition as well as immense advancements in technology,” said Sami Raitakoski, Global Product Group Manager at ABB. “Our virtualized offering comes at a vital time. The needs and benefits of going virtual are clear, and in response, we launch the SSC600 SW to meet market needs for greater flexibility and scalability.”

    Further enhancements to SSC600 with feature pack 4

    Since the initial launch of SSC600, ABB has regularly introduced new features and functionality to meet the increasing demands for more detailed information on distribution network behavior and performance. With the launch of SSC600 SW, ABB also released a new feature pack, FP 4, in which several enhancements and additions become available. Highlights include a re-developed user interface, which greatly improves visualization, helping you to perform the right actions with ease. To ensure robustness, the core tools behind the user interface have been replaced with new technology.

    In response to customer feedback, the disturbance recorder function has been further enhanced and can now support longer recording times and offers more storage space for the recordings. And new functions have been added, including fuse failure supervision for increased robustness. This function is used to block the voltage measuring functions when a failure occurs in the secondary circuits between the voltage transformer and protection relay. Another addition is protection for shunt capacitor banks.

    Due to their critical role in the power system, protection devices must be acceptance-tested prior to being taken into service and periodically thereafter to ensure reliable performance. To further facilitate testing during all phases of the protection system’s lifecycle, FP 4 also introduces support for simulation as defined in the IEC 61850 standard. By using simulation in combination with modern testing tools, it is possible to receive generated measurements, without interfering with the normal process. This makes new flexible solutions for periodical testing of the protection functionality possible.

    Feature pack upgrades and all the included functionalities are available for both SSC600 and SSC600 SW. For more information, please visit the Centralized protection campaign page and join the Virtualization of Protection and Control webinar series.

    ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com

    Electrifying the world in a safe, smart and sustainable way, ABB Electrification is a global technology leader in electrical distribution and management from source to socket. As the world’s demand for electricity grows, our 50,000+ employees across 100 countries collaborate with customers and partners to transform how people connect, live and work. We develop innovative products, solutions and digital technologies that enable energy efficiency and a low carbon society across all sectors. By applying global scale with local expertise, we shape and support global trends, deliver excellence for customers and power a sustainable future for society. go.abb/electrification


    Elizabeth Lubben, elizabeth.lubben@us.abb.com 

    • Utility solutions configurations offer improved reliability and safety across a range of applications
    • Single-phase module expands Elastimold™ Tru-Break™ switchgear line with a patented viewing window
    • Elastimold™ Veri-Spike™ grounding-aid enables safe and quick verifi-cation that a system is de-energized
    ABB Installation Products has expanded its Elastimold™ solutions that make it easy to verify circuit status before performing maintenance. Building on more than a century of innovation and nearly 50 years of Elastimold technology, ABB collaborated with customers to develop the Elastimold Tru-Break™ single-phase switchgear module and the Elastimold Veri-Spike™ grounding-aid device that help mitigate risk for utility workers maintaining electrical equipment.
    The latest utility solutions are compatible with ABB’s gear and interchangeable with other equipment to perform in construction, communications, industrial, utility and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications.
    “We rely on electricity in nearly every aspect of our lives, and the Elastimold Tru-Break switchgear modules and Veri-Spike grounding-aid device improve worker safety in performing maintenance and critical storm-hardening upgrades that power our homes, cities, and communications and transporta-tion systems,” said Matthias Heilmann, President, ABB Installation Products Division. “Input from utility and infrastructure partners has been integral to expanding our utility solutions across applications, including multiple configurations and interconnection points.”
    Elastimold single-phase Tru-Break switchgear
    ABB first introduced the three-phase Elastimold Tru-Break switchgear with a patented viewing window to visually verify the circuit is de-energized, significantly improving the safety of solid dielectric under-ground or pad-mounted systems. The newest single-phase Elastimold Tru-Break module is a compact, submersible and modular visible break accessory that is configurable and conditionally retrofittable onto existing single-phase Elastimold molded vacuum switches (MVS), molded vacuum interrupters (MVI), and multi-way switchgear systems. Produced at ABB’s Hackettstown, NJ, facility, the single-phase Tru-Break module is maintenance-free and has a polycarbonate window with a hotstick-removable cap to stay clear in wet and dusty conditions.
    Designed for the harshest environments, the Tru-Break modules are made of proprietary ethylene pro-pylene diene monomer (EPDM) solid dielectric rubber insulation, rated for 20 kA systems at 15 kV to 29.3 kV, and tested and certified to the IEEE C37.74-2014 standard.
    Elastimold Veri-Spike grounding-aid device
    The Elastimold Veri-Spike grounding-aid device provides safe and quick verification a system is de-energized before maintenance begins. It consists of a sacrificial cap and a connecting plug that can be installed in place of a basic insulation plug. The sacrificial cap can be cut or spiked and replaced with a grounding ball to properly ground the system. The Veri-Spike grounding-aid device is made of EPDM rubber and available in 15/25 kV and 35 kV ratings, meeting the IEEE 386 Standard. Veri-Spike ground-ing-aid devices are assembled, tested and distributed from ABB’s Albuquerque, NM, facility.
    ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com 
    For more information please contact:
    Hannah Anthony
    ABB Installation Products Media Relations
    • ABB to showcase electrifying solutions for a brighter grid future at Booth #2528
    • Solutions for today’s challenges in the utility industry, including grid resiliency, energy transition, infrastructure growth and EV adoption
    • ABB delivers longstanding utility industry expertise with innovations designed for future efficiency and sustainability

    ABB will showcase innovative solutions designed for the utility industry that facilitate more efficient, sustainable energy delivery at DISTRIBUTECH International, a leading annual transmission and distribution event. DISTRIBUTECH takes place in San Diego, California, February 7-9.

    Decision makers for the utility industry are facing mounting pressure to balance demands on the grid with responsibility to ensure sustainable energy delivery. This pressure intensifies several pain points for the industry like grid resiliency, keeping the grid “on” and positioning the utility to return the grid to service quickly following natural disasters, physical attacks, cyberattacks or equipment failure. Further, the energy transition is highlighting the importance of energy storage to mitigate intermittency of renewable energy sources. Some utilities are also challenged to address the wave of EVs and their charging requirements, and how to best leverage the resources available through new legislation passed to support infrastructure growth.

    “Utilities are facing an unprecedented pressure to ensure grid resiliency today while also preparing for the demands of tomorrow. The industry needs a partner who understands that pressure, who can deliver unique, innovative solutions backed by longstanding grid expertise,” said John Hayter, Vice President of Utilities Market, ABB Electrification. “At ABB, we support our utility customers with innovations designed for the future needs of the grid, while being rooted in proven electrification excellence.”

    Solutions for Safer, Smarter, More Sustainable Operations

    ABB’s DISTRIBUTECH Booth #2528 will showcase the products and services that address these pain points for the utility industry. Products on display include:

    ABB Ability™ Smart Substation Control and Protection for electrical systems SSC600 device

    • First-ever virtualized protection and control solution on the market helps customers to maximize asset utilization
    • Provides up to 15% savings in substation life cycle costs
    • A single SSC600 device can handle the tasks of 30 protection relays
    • SSC600 enables real-time monitoring and control of distributed energy resources (DER)

    NEMA 4 R-MAG® Magnetic Circuit Breaker

    • New housing rated NEMA 4 for water ingress protection is ready to withstand sleet, snow, heavy rain, storms and wind driven rain at rates of more than 60Gal/min from any direction
    • Option for Internal Arc Resistant housing tested as per IEEE C37.20.7, Type 2B
    • Reduced maintenance with magnetic actuator and easy plug-and-play actuator circuitry

    Elastimold™ Padmount Recloser

    • Contains no oil or gas to create potential environmental hazardous leaks
    • Maintenance-free magnetic actuator provides fast open/close cycle times; tested in extreme temperatures -40°C to +65°C
    • Modular platform to support unique custom solutions with compact and space-saving designs

    Visit the ABB EV Zone, Booth #6221

    ABB is the exclusive sponsor of this year’s EV Zone, booth #6221. Stop by to speak with ABB’s e-mobility experts about the latest in EV charging technology, how the grid is impacted and how utilities can better serve the private sector as EV adoption increases.

    Expert-Led Learning for Future Energy Leaders

    ABB is a lead sponsor of the DISTRIBUTECH Future Energy Leaders program, through which students can attend sessions and courses based on timely topics in the industry, take advantage of networking opportunities, and more.

    “Giving students the opportunity to attend the event and meet with key players in the industry is critical to moving the industry forward,” says Nicole Furnia, Director, University Relations, Early Talent and Employer Branding for the Americas, ABB. “Students will have the chance to meet with industry leaders in an environment designed for networking and relationship building, it’s invaluable to their career progression as they enter the workforce." 

    Learn more about ABB’s solutions, speakers and networking opportunities at DISTRIBUTECH at https://electrification.us.abb.com/distributech-2023

    ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com 

    For more information please contact:

    Elizabeth Lubben

    Phone: +1 470 449 2683

    Email: Elizabeth.Lubben@us.abb.com                   

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