Switzerland-headquartered Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched the open and scalable TXpertTM Ecosystem for digitalization of transformers. The ecosystem has been designed to drive data-driven intelligence and decision making in the operations and maintenance of transformers and power grids.
September 22, 2020. By Manu Tayal
Switzerland-headquartered Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched the open and scalable TXpertTM Ecosystem for digitalization of transformers.
The ecosystem has been designed to drive data-driven intelligence and decision making in the operations and maintenance of transformers and power grids.
It is a complete suite of products, software, services and solutions that work together and have the capability to integrate with new and existing digital equipment from other manufacturers.
Explaining about the significance of the new ecosystem, Bruno Melles, Managing Director, Transformers business unit at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, said “building on deep experience, we have pioneered the scalable TXpertTM Ecosystem to bring together customers, partners and industry peers on an open platform developed on strict cybersecurity standards, enabling simple steps in their digitalization journey.”
“By giving transformers the knowledge and intelligence derived from designing and servicing thousands of transformers it will help to reduce costs and risks, optimize operations, extend life-expectancy and enhance environmental performance, enabling a sustainable energy future,” Melles added.
As per a recent CIGRE report, the top 3 locations of faults in transformers are its windings, tap-changers and bushings. The TXpertTM Ecosystem provides options to mitigate all of these.
For example, failure of bushings can lead to transformer tank rupture and explosions, resulting in millions of dollars in repairs and settlement costs for a utility, while the cost of replacing a high-voltage bushing would be a few percentage points of this. Using TXpertTM Ecosystem solutions for digital asset management of bushings, the real-time status of the bushing health can be monitored and corrective action taken before failure probability becomes high.
At the heart of the ecosystem is the TXpertTM Hub from the company – a data monitoring and diagnostics device that also provides connectivity. It is designed as an open platform, and is capable of integrating multiple sets of data from TXpertTM Ready sensors from diverse manufacturers, simplifying the digitalization of transformers in compliance with modern communication and stringent cybersecurity standards.
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