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ABB India Unveils New AI-Enabled Corporate And Business Office

ABB India Unveils New AI-Enabled Corporate And Business Office

ABB India recently announced that it has moved its corporate and business office to an integrated, sustainable, and digitalised facility within its own Peenya campus in Bangalore. The facility, named Disha, will house the corporate office, along with the offices of Electrification and Motion businesses alongside Process Automation business in the same campus. Located in one of the prime industrial areas of Bengaluru, the campus minimises carbon footprint by sourcing 90 percent electricity from renewable sources; it reduces 55 percent load on potable water with intelligent fixtures and with 98 percent of its waste recycled, almost reaches its target of sero waste to landfill. The 15 acres campus has a green cover of about 30 percent.

By upcycling and repurposing an existing building to convert it to Disha, the project has optimised resources and significantly reduced the environmental impact which a greenfield project of this scale would have generated. Showcasing ABB’s expertise in digital energy management solutions, more than 5000 ABB products are being used in Disha. It is the first ABB facility to deploy ABB’s Aspect IBMS (Integrated Building Management Solutions) technology. This is a unified platform to monitor and control from any location or city, the multiple points enabled with hundred sensors from lighting to HVAC solutions, room controls, safety, and security systems with special CO2 monitors for ambient air quality monitoring in the rooms. This is combined with a cloud-based SaaS solution – ABB Ability™ Building Ecosystem with Active Energy and Asset Manager. It is complemented by electricals from the ABB portfolio and an AI-enabled vehicle management and parking system. These nearly 500 connected products with embedded intelligence are designed to significantly reduce overall energy consumption and carbon footprint while saving energy costs by up to 30 percent.

“At ABB, we have always taken a sustainable and future-ready approach to business. Sustainability is a key part of our company’s purpose and of the value that we create for our customers, employees, and all our stakeholders. The move to the existing Peenya campus brings our people together under the same roof enhancing collaboration and agility. It is also a step towards minimising our carbon footprint, repurposing existing resources while offering a smarter workplace focused on employee wellbeing and improving productivity. ABB is developing all the companies’ manufacturing campuses at Nashik, Baroda, Faridabad, and Bangalore & multiple office campuses to common ESG standards in India. The vision was to create a model, flexible industrial infrastructure project with an enabling eco-system by working with all our partners and stakeholders,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Country Head and Managing Director, ABB India.

“In India, almost 30 percent of the energy is consumed by buildings and we believe Disha will create a legacy, a demonstration of what can be done to make buildings more efficient through the deployment of integrated digital building automation & electrical technology,” he added.

This project also included the enhancement of local infrastructure through a 360-degree development of the associated road related infrastructure and laying of cable trenches for future expansion of IT infrastructure of the companies co-located in this area. As part of the sustainable infrastructure development theme, a special recycled plastic mix of 6,000 kgs, equivalent to 1,50,000 (1.5 lac) one-liter bottles is used for the footpath construction.

ABB India’s Peenya campus has been in operation for more than 30 years and has been the bedrock of multiple milestones for the company. The campus hosts innovation centers of multiple products, global factories, precision product manufacturing with smart shopfloors, and remote monitoring centers for connected devices across Indian industries. The new building, Disha was built continuing the heritage of the location as well as retaining the existing green cover. Nearly 120 trees, some more than 60 years old, were preserved during the construction process.


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Comparison Of Leak Testing Methods

Comparison Of Leak Testing Methods

Many industrial products have to be leak-tight. For example, food, cosmetics or pharmaceutical packaging, but also products such as lights in the automotive industry, electronics or plastic components.

But how can manufacturers test the leak-tightness of their products? In this interview, Geert Elie from WITT, a leading supplier of leak testing equipment, gives an overview of the possibilities and explains the advantages and disadvantages.

Geert Elie - Sales Manager - WITT-Gasetechnik GmbH & Co KG

Mr. Geert Elie – Sales Manager – WITT-Gasetechnik GmbH & Co KG

Mr. Elie, what do you recommend to customers who want to test their products for leaks?

The entry-level solution is to test in a water bath. This is a very simple, yet effective method. The test specimen is held under water and the tester watches for rising air bubbles. Very intuitive.

So it’s like patching a bicycle tube?

In principle, yes, except that the product is not inflated, but tested in a vacuum chamber.  The product inflates itself, and bubbles escape from leaks. The important thing is: You not only know that the packaging is leaking, but you also immediately recognize where. This allows weak points in the process to be detected and eliminated. It is not without reason that our LEAK-MASTER® EASY is used by so many customers.

And which products can be tested in this way?

Practically everything that has to be leak-proof. Often it is packaging, e.g. tubular bags, stand-up pouches or thermoformed trays, even vacuum packaging can be tested with the EASY. Mostly it is about meat or sausage products, salad, bread, snacks, dairy products, pet food or medical products. Even the popular coffee capsules are possible. And lights, bubble wrap or plastic parts must also be leak-tight.

So is the water bath the perfect solution?

That depends on the requirements. If it’s just a matter of checking for leaks and finding the sources of leaks, these devices are very good indeed. But of course there are limitations: Testing in water usually means I can no longer put the product on sale. In addition, the test is performed by a human tester. This places quite high demands on the personnel and may have an influence on the result. Many customers deliberately ask me for a more standardisable method.

What is your answer?

A leak test using specific test gas and sensor technology. With the LEAK-MASTER® PRO 2, we have a device that determines the leak tightness of relevant products, using CO2 sensors. Here, too, a vacuum is created in a test chamber to suck gas out of the leaking packaging. The parameters such as vacuum and measurement time are defined in advance by the customer. The test is performed automatically. At the end of the measurement, the PRO 2 displays the result by means of a rotating light signal. If the device lights up red, for example, CO2 has been detected and the product is leaking. The test is therefore completely independent of the inspector and is therefore standardised and reproducible. Of course, everything is documented digitally and the data can also be exported.

How long does such a test take, and what size of leak can I determine in this way?

The more CO2 in the packaging, the faster you can find a leak. As a rule, 8-10 seconds are often sufficient. In principle, leaks of 10 micrometers or more can be reliably detected. In other words, exactly the microleaks that cause problems for manufacturers. A major advantage of CO2 testing is also that it is non-destructive. After testing, the leak-proof packages can be put on sale without any problems. This saves waste and costs.

When should a user opt for a water bath and when for a CO2 unit?

Just to restate: Water bath devices provide the cheapest method, they’ve been proven over may years and work reliably. If I want to find out where my product is leaking, I need a water bath in any case. And if I don’t have CO2 in the product, or I have a vacuum pack, the water bath is the best option.

For more standardisation and automation, CO2 units are a good choice. This is because they do not need to be inspected by a human inspector. The result is still absolutely reliable even after the umpteenth test at the end of a long working day. Second point: You can test the leak-tightness without destroying the product. And finally, testing without water is cleaner and less complicated. Regular changing of water and cleaning are not necessary.

Ideally, I have both devices. With the CO2 device, I perform all spot checks safely and non-destructively. In the case of a leaking package, I can use the water bath to find the position of the leak and eliminate the weak spot.

But when it’s random sampling, a leaking product could still reach the customer, with its consequent loss of quality. How can this be reliably prevented?

Only a 100% inspection offers 100% certainty. So I usually need an inline solution. Here, too, machines with CO2 sensors have become well established in practice. Like our LEAK-MASTER® MAPMAX, for example, which food producers all over the world use to ensure perfect packaging and thus the quality of their products.

How does it work exactly?

As with the PRO 2, the MAPMAX receives all the packages from the packaging machine. A vacuum is created in a chamber. Sensors detect escaping CO2.

And what happens if a leak is found?

There is an alarm directly on the device. In addition, leaking packages can be physically rejected. As I said, everything is fully automatic. What’s more, it’s very fast and absolutely reliable. The MAPMAX manages up to 15 cycles per minute.

But most machines pack faster than 15 cycles per minute ?

In most cases, the MAPMAX is used to directly test whole batches or cartons. There are indeed some faster machines on the market where pressure is applied to the package via a roller. However, this method is quite coarse and only finds very large leaks. This is not fine enough for most products. In fact, testing outer packaging is the safest because the testing is done at the very end of the process. After that, the packaging is no longer touched and cannot be damaged.

So inline testing is the silver bullet of leak testing?

Whether random testing or inline is actually needed depends greatly on the product, the packaging, the process, the Best Before Date, and also the distribution channels. But in any case, inline offers the maximum certainty.

WITT-Gasetechnik is a manufacturer of gas-related equipment that meets the highest quality requirements. It began some 75 years ago with flashback arrestors for cutting and welding. Today, WITT offers a complete range of gas safety and control equipment.

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