Major U.S. utility adopts new solution to proactively manage assets underpinning transmission network that supplies electricity to more than five million citizens
ABB, the world’s leading power and automation group, announced that American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, will implement the new Asset Health Center solution from ABB to further enhance the performance and reliability of its electric transmission network. The Asset Health Center solution will be applied across all AEP transmission substations system-wide.
The Asset Health Center builds on the AEP-ABB Transmission Technology Alliance, which combines AEP’s operational innovation with ABB’s research and development depth to deliver unique new capabilities to the transmission industry. In 2007, AEP first outlined the industry benefits of what it termed an “asset health center” concept, and then encouraged the development of a platform that would integrate AEP-provided infrastructure and systems, together with condition models that transform data into practical decision-support information.
The Asset Health Center solution integrates equipment-based operational technology (OT) from ABB, and enterprise information technology (IT) from Ventyx, ABB’s industrial enterprise software group, while also leveraging deep operational and diagnostic expertise contributed by AEP. It is designed to automate what can otherwise be a time-consuming process requiring highly skilled individuals to gain visibility into the condition of critical assets, recognize performance issues, and prioritize maintenance and repair activities. AEP is leveraging existing infrastructure and designs to feed digital equipment history records, online monitoring and operational data to the Asset Health Center.
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Source: 3M Media Relations