Water & Wastewater Asia Nov/Dec 2018

Water & Wastewater Asia • November / December 2018 28 | FROM THE GROUND Philip Lee, ABB’s Water Segment Leader for South East Asia ABBaddressestheperennial issues of maintenance and non-revenue water With a focus on improving water facilities in Southeast Asia, ABB is well-known in the water industry for their products. But with their ABB Ability TM portfolio of digital offering, the company is addressing sustainable water management one drop at a time. H aving been around for more than 50 years in the region, ABB has established itself as one of the largest players in the water industry in Southeast Asia, drawing recognition for their facilities, electrifications, and automation. With ABB Ability TM , ABB connects customers to the power of the Industrial Internet of Things and through their services and expertise, goes further by turning data insights into the direct action that “closes the loop” and generates customer value in the physical world. “In recent years, ABB has been pushing hard in the area of digitalisation, making it easier for us and our customers to address concerning issues around the region such as water leakage, and even other things that have not been addressable in the past can now be tackled with the improvement and advancement of technology,” Philip Lee, Segment Leader, said. “ABB Ability TM is capable of addressing concerns related to plant operations, maintenance, leakages and even tracking of non-revenue water through digital offering.” NEW LAUNCH - REX640 Mainly used for the medium and low-voltage switch gears, the REX640 protects the different types of connected devices, ranging from transformers to generators, and even normal feeders. “There are different slots available for different parts to be connected, and depending on the functions of the usage, they can be selected accordingly and plugged into the mirror slot to make it a functional unit for the extra protection that is needed,” explained Product Marketing Manager of ABB, Felix Yin. “It also comes with a user-friendly touch panel, so from the panel, you can see the status of all the connected devices, look over the operations, as well as everything else.” At present, water utilities tend to rely on corrective maintenance or scheduled maintenance. But predictive maintenance saves not only manpower and time, but also