The pilot program: smart sensors

ABB and PUB began a pilot program to install smart sensors on the plant’s motors and pumps. “The sensors gave us real-time data that allowed us to reduce troubleshooting time, as well as manpower and paperwork,” said Jia Wei. “And the ABB app (interface) is very user friendly. In one step, our operators can log on and have key operating parameters at their fingertips, as well as receive real-time alerts of equipment problems.”

The pilot program: smart sensors

ABB and PUB began a pilot program to install smart sensors on the plant’s motors and pumps. “The sensors gave us real-time data that allowed us to reduce troubleshooting time, as well as manpower and paperwork,” said Jia Wei. “And the ABB app (interface) is very user friendly. In one step, our operators can log on and have key operating parameters at their fingertips, as well as receive real-time alerts of equipment problems.”

A transformative solution

The success of the trial led to Phase Two: an integrated solution that would include 22 smart sensors, remote condition monitoring, Augmented Reality glasses to assist with maintenance and training, and six Digital Powertrain dashboards. The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain is a digital solution that integrates sensor and drive data with cloud-based analytics along the entire chain of plant equipment, from drives and motors to pumps and bearings.

"The Digital Powertrain helps us do predictive equipment analysis and alerts us to warning signs of failure, which helps reduce maintenance costs for my plant."
Wei Jun, PUB Senior Engineer

Reducing maintenance and manpower with AR

As a training tool for PUB’s O&M staff, ABB integrated Microsoft Hololens AR Smart Glasses into the overall solution. The glasses display equipment health data and enable operators to perform remote-guided maintenance onsite, with real-time troubleshooting instructions enhanced by a 3D troubleshooting model.

"With the AR Smart Glasses, our staff can interact with information effortlessly and hands-free. Now they can learn and carry out maintenance procedures without guidance from a trainer. What we hope to see is a reduction in time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting, which will further improve our operational resilience."
Kian Ming, PUB Engineer

Reducing maintenance and manpower with AR

As a training tool for PUB’s O&M staff, ABB integrated Microsoft Hololens AR Smart Glasses into the overall solution. The glasses display equipment health data and enable operators to perform remote-guided maintenance onsite, with real-time troubleshooting instructions enhanced by a 3D troubleshooting model.

"With the AR Smart Glasses, our staff can interact with information effortlessly and hands-free. Now they can learn and carry out maintenance procedures without guidance from a trainer. What we hope to see is a reduction in time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting, which will further improve our operational resilience."
Kian Ming, PUB Engineer

Satisfying PUB’s tough cybersecurity policies

Singapore enforces some of the toughest cybersecurity policies of any country. ABB met these concerns with TropOS Mesh architecture, a next-generation WiFi solution for single field-area networks. According to Jia Wei, “The ABB solution enabled us to move forward in an efficient way while ensuring that all data is transmitted safely, securely, and in compliance with government regulations.

"There must always be a balance between technology and security. We must ensure that official data is transmitted securely and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands."
Jia Wei, PUB Senior Manager for Infotech and Digital Transformation

ABB Ability™ empowers insights for safer, smarter operations that maximize resource efficiency and contribute to a low-carbon future.