Frost & Sullivan Award Recognises ABB for Excellence in New Product Innovation

By Frost Sullivan, PRNE
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LONDON, December 1, 2010 - The Frost & Sullivan 2010 European Medium Voltage Drives New Product
Innovation Award is presented to ABB for its pioneering ACS 2000. The product
offers benefits such as flexible line supply connections, lower harmonics,
reduced energy consumption, ease of installation and commissioning, high
reliability and lower cost of ownership. The only drive with voltage source
inverter (VSI) topology, transformerless design and patented multi-level IGBT
control, ACS 2000 marks a milestone in the medium voltage (MV) drives


ABB's innovative ACS 2000 MV drive is the first transformerless, general
purpose drive with VSI topology. This air-cooled AC drive, though designed
specifically for pump, fan and compressor applications, is practically
suitable for most applications including conveyor belts and mills in cement,
metals and mining, power generation, water and chemical, oil and gas

"The design also features easily replaceable phase modules, which allow
the end user to quickly replace a module, thereby reducing the cost of
outages," remarks Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ashitya Yerramreddy. "The
ground-breaking ACS 2000 is currently rated from 400 to 1000 kVA and 6 to 6.9
kV with power extensions planned for the future. It meets the industry
standards of reliability, productivity and flexibility, and is ideal for
applications that do not require an engineered drive."

It is packed with the proven leading-edge technologies such as active
front end (AFE) and direct torque control (DTC) to lower harmonics, reduce
energy consumption and provide regeneration and reactive power (VAR)

"AFE technology helps minimise current and voltage harmonic distortions
without the use of any expensive, specialised transformers," explains
Yerramreddy. "In addition, ABB's patented DTC control technique has enabled
the highest torque and speed performance as well as the lowest losses ever
achieved in medium voltage AC drives with VSI topology."

The product offers a range of value added features including simple
installation, commissioning and operation. Such attributes are critical from
the end user perspective. The drive also provides line supply connection
flexibility based on the customer's preference or existing installation.
DriveStartup, a commissioning wizard that accompanies ACS 2000, offers an
advanced tool that simplifies and quickens commissioning, reducing plant
downtime considerably.

"ACS 2000 offers an open, flexible communication strategy that enables
connection to all higher-level process controllers," remarks Yerramreddy.
"Along with its flexible line supply connection options and advanced software
tools, the product allows smooth and simple drive system integration into any
industrial environment."

Overall, minimised energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs and
reduced initial capital outlay due to the transformerless configuration lower
the total cost of ownership of the drive and increase the return on
investment for the customer.

The ACS 2000 drive can be used for many motor control applications in
various industries, such as cement, metals, mining, power generation, water
and chemical, oil and gas due to the standardisation of the product. It is
already gaining customer confidence in China and India and various countries
in Europe and South East Asia.

Each year this Award is presented to the company that has excelled in the
following criteria: innovative element of the product, leverage leading edge
technologies in product, value added features/benefits, increased customer
ROI (small change) and customer acquisition/penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety
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superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation,
customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts
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About ABB

ABB (, headquartered in Switzerland, is a leader in
power and automation technologies. Its mission is to produce high quality
goods and services that enable its customers to improve their performance
while lowering environmental impact. The ABB group operates in around 100
countries, employs about 117,000 people and had reported global revenues of
$31.8 billion in 2009.

    Contact ABB, MV Drives:
    Ewan Morris, Vice President Marketing & Sales,
    ABB Switzerland Ltd, MV Drives
    Phone: +41-58-589-27-26, E-Mail:
    Heike Zinterer, Marketing Communications Manager,
    ABB Switzerland Ltd, MV Drives
    Phone: +41-58-589-22-97, E-mail:

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Ewan Morris, Vice President Marketing & Sales, +41-58-589-27-26, ewan.morris at, or Heike Zinterer, Marketing Communications Manager, ABB Switzerland Ltd, MV Drives, +41-58-589-22-97, heike.zinterer at, both of ABB Switzerland Ltd, MV Drives; or Ciara Jamie Connolly, Senior Events & Promotions Executive/ EMEA, Best Practices of Frost & Sullivan, +44-(0)-207-915-7868, fax, +44-(0)-207-730-3343, ciara.connolly at

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