WICKLIFFE, Ohio, Nov. 22, 2000—An online benefit analysis tool available through ABB’s web site helps users to estimate the financial benefits that result from implementing automation solutions in a specific plant.

ABB announced the launch of its eBAT™ Internet Based Benefit Analysis Tool family today. eBAT can be used initially for fossil fired power plants (at https://ebat.us.abb.com/,) and oil and gas well applications (at #10.abb.de/apc/webat/login.asp), but will soon be expanded to include a host of other applications. The eBAT models consider specific financial operating values, including fuel, operating costs, environmental costs, unit availability, production rates, and other inputs.

The calculated financial benefits are analyzed across available solutions, and typical considerations of the customer’s industry. The eBAT tools were developed as a global and cooperative effort of several Automation Segment Business Areas with ABB Corporate Research. According to William Bach, Marketing Manager for ABB Power Plant Automation, “Our biggest effort was to gather the expert know-how from our thousands of automation installations in the selected plant types.

Experts from Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the USA participated in model development and checking. These experts will support eBAT, and modify it to reflect actual customer feedback from the use of the tool. Customers will be able to get support from their local account managers to use the tool on their project analyses. eBAT is an excellent example how the customer can draw upon ABB’s vast automation experience to determine which products and services can help them the most.”

Efforts are underway to expand the family of tools to cover automation of other power plants, paper mills, and oil and gas units. The range of solution types will also be expanded to cover more of the ABB offering. The Benefit Analysis Tools join other knowledge based engineering tools available on the web, such as load forecasts, as ABB continues to provide new and innovative ways to deliver greater value to customers. ABB is the world’s largest automation supplier to the utility industries: power generation, electric utilities, and water.

The company’s automation business segment includes major product areas such as control products and systems, manufacturing execution systems, instrumentation, analytical devices, meters, robotics, drives, motors and machines.

The ABB Group serves customers in power transmission and distribution; automation; oil, gas, and petrochemicals; building technologies; and in financial services. With novel IT applications, tailored software solutions, growing eBusiness and a fast expanding knowledge and service base, ABB is building links to the new economy. The ABB Group employs about 160,000 people in 100 countries.