Rx for transmission networks: ABB's new Asset Health Center


By: SGN Staff


ABB's new Asset Health Center solution will be deployed by American Electric Power to improve performance and reliability of its electric transmission networks and will be used at all AEP transmission substations throughout its system.


AEP first outlined the concept in 2007 and called for development of a platform that could bring together AEP infrastructure and systems and models that turn data into information that can be used to support the decision making process.


"We have been working to automate situational awareness of asset conditions for some time. We are now poised to realize valuable operating and maintenance benefits from those efforts," said Robert W. Bradish, VP for AEP grid development. "Integrating this new solution will also help to identify assets requiring replacement as they reach the end of their useful life. The Asset Health Center is an example of the technical innovation we always pursue to achieve the highest standard of safety, efficiency and reliability in our electric transmission system."


The Health Center solution includes ABB's condition monitoring and performance algorithms, an extension of its Mature Transformer Management Programâ„¢ condition assessment program, and the Ventyx FocalPoint business intelligence solution - a combination that brings together IT and OT.


"The North American power industry is faced with an aging infrastructure, which requires continuous care and strategic upgrades," said Roger Bailey, president of ABB Power Products division, North America. "Bringing together ABB's operational technology and Ventyx's information technology into our new Asset Health Center solution can dramatically change the way utilities approach transmission equipment maintenance."


AEP is one of the largest U.S. utilities with more than 5 million customers in 11 states.


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