ABB takes automation show on the road
Jim Hoyt explores applications with customers.
San Ramon, CA —The Marriott San Ramon Hotel in the heart of the industrial park in San Ramon, CA played host to the first 2007 ABB Low Voltage Products Roadshow, on Feb. 21-22, where the company displayed more than 25 drive, instrumentation, process automation, and power products and solutions. Under the name " Results-Driven Power Control ," the user event is scheduled to tour major regional markets across the U.S.
The more than 250 customers and prospects crowding into the venue on Customer Day also filled up the technical workshops held throughout the day. These workshops offer training on automation-related topics ranging from UL and NEC standards, harmonic mitigation in industrial environments, PLC installations, and efficient, energy-saving, control-panel designs.
"Because the population of this market is so dense, there is a tremendous demand for pumping and fan applications, particularly in the water and wastewater industries," noted Jim Hoyt, principal of Harold Wells Associates North, the ABB manufacturer's representative based in northern California. "There also is light industry in this part of the state, with a concentration of heavier industry further north, serving the mining, paper, and timber industries. So the wide range of these products and automation solutions are ideal for this market."
This dense and eclectic industrial base creates issues related to harmonics and meeting codes when installing electrical systems, Hoyt noted. "We know this market is vibrant and growing," Hoyt said. "That came through loud and clear, as we were inviting prospects and customers to this event."
The show offers visitors a close-up look at low-voltage products, automation, control, and instrumentation solutions—and the chance to talk with product experts. ABB channel partners and industrial distributors, briefed on all that is new on the first day of the event, were on hand, to support customers and to introduce attendees to critical additions and expansions they can make to increase their applications' productivity and efficiency.
The Roadshow next travels to metro areas in the Midwest, Northeast, and South; see www.abb-events.com for a listing of all venues scheduled for 2007.
—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor