Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a world leader in the development and manufacture of systems and equipment for the transmission and distribution of electric power. Hitachi ABB Power Grids sees an opportunity to improve the working environment for its employees by applying, for its field, new knowledge and new technologies. A first market analysis of large industries in Sweden, technology suppliers and research actors shows that the complete solutions that the project focuses on do not yet exist. This has led to a collaboration with Wavr Tech on the Zentnl platform.
The collaboration takes place primarily in Ludvika where Hitachi ABB Power Grids center for “High Voltage Direct Current” is located as well as in one of the company’s largest facilities for transformers and high voltage components. Hitachi ABB Power Grids represents the process industry in the project and contributes with knowledge of the industry’s needs and challenges. Hitachi ABB Power Grids will act as a client, contribute with user groups and interviewees, as well as provide opportunities for observational studies of operational activities. Hitachi ABB Power Grids also becomes the end user of the solution which will be developed.
In the process industry there are risky work tasks such as work in confined spaces, work at heights, work alone, work with chemical products, work in spaces with harmful gases, work with and inside dangerous machines as well as heavy lifting.
For these reasons, the project’s idea is to explore the possibility of using smart, close-to-body technology to increase safety and improve health aspects for employees in the process industry.
Francisco Penayo, Manager R&D Bushings, Hitachi ABB Power Grids