ABB realigns automation divisions

ABB, manufacturer of power and automation technologies and solutions, is reorganizing its automation divisions to align activities more closely with those of its customers. ABB says the changes will enable the company to take advantage of growth opportunities in service, expand its presence in the discrete manufacturing sector and better respond to the increasing demand for energy efficient sol...

01/01/2010


ABB, manufacturer of power and automation technologies and solutions, is reorganizing its automation divisions to align activities more closely with those of its customers. ABB says the changes will enable the company to take advantage of growth opportunities in service, expand its presence in the discrete manufacturing sector and better respond to the increasing demand for energy efficient solutions.

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the business units currently in the Automation Products and Robotics divisions will be regrouped into two new divisions — Discrete Automation and Motion, and Low Voltage Products. The Process Automation division will remain unchanged except for the addition of the instrumentation business from the Automation Products division.

The new Low Voltage Products division includes businesses producing mainly low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold to wholesalers, original equipment manufacturers as well as system integrators, and has moderate service requirements.

The new Discrete Automation and Motion division includes products and systems targeted at discrete manufacturing applications, such as robotics and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and providing motion in plants, such as motors and drives.

Process Automation will remain unchanged except for the addition of ABB's instrumentation business, currently part of the Automation Products division.

Alignment of ABB's automation businesses

Technologies

Channel

Service model

OEM = original equipment manufacturer

Discrete Automation and Motion (DM)

Electrical circuits and control software Electromechanical and motion

Mainly system integrators, OEMs

Customers require a higher volume of tailored services

Low Voltage Products (LP)

Switching and contacting

Mainly wholesalers, OEMs

Moderate service volume, standardized

Process Automation (PA)

Distributed control systems and automation

Mainly end-users

Customers require a higher volume of tailored services

 





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