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At Hannover Messe, Obama and Merkel tour the floor

After recapping Hannover Messe last week, compelling moments from the trade fair continue to trickle in.

Two of the most recognizable world leaders standing in front of a model of an electric motor is a great place to start. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (who also visited Siemens, among many other booths, as EA reported last week) visited the ABB booth on the first day of the event, Monday April 25. The two were told that ABB’s smart sensor can improve the productivity of hundreds of millions of electric motors by connecting them, for the first time, to cloud-based services.

At the ABB stand, Merkel and Obama heard how the smart sensor can be applied to the vast majority of low-voltage motors, whether new or already in use, making it possible to improve efficiency, reduce downtime and save money. The digital solution will enable LV motors to be integrated into the quickly expanding Internet of Things, Services and People.

Accompanied by ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer; Greg Scheu, President of ABB’s Americas region; and Hans-Georg Krabbe, Country Managing Director of ABB in Germany, the two leaders watched a YuMi robot demonstrate the simplicity of attaching a smart sensor to an LV motor. Through a wireless connection to the Internet, the motor’s performance data was displayed on a large screen, showing how unexpected breakdowns can be avoided and energy consumption reduced.

“The smart sensor enables transcontinental industrial digitalization,” said Spiesshofer. “The sensor reduces the downtime of motors by up to 70 percent, extends their lifespan by up to 30 percent, and cuts energy consumption by as much as 10 percent. If all industrial electric motors worldwide were equipped with our smart sensors, the energy savings would be equivalent to the output of 100 large power plants.”

Company representatives say that the smart sensor has attracted considerable attention in Hanover, not just from President Obama and Chancellor Merkel, but from a wide range of potential customers. It will be made available on the market later this year.


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