ABB has released an all-new automatic transfer switch (ATS) for critical power applications at the Data Centre World event at London's Excel this March. With its connectivity and monitoring functions for critical power applications, the new product, named TruONE, is claimed to be the world’s first true ATS to package all the necessary sensors and controllers into a single easy-to-install device that helps improve protection and makes installation 80 percent faster.
Critical power applications use an ATS to sense when power is lost and to switch automatically to the backup generator. The ATS is usually a complex installation with various sensors, controllers, switches and operator interfaces all wired together. Putting everything into a single package, including an integrated controller with detachable human machine interface (HMI), the TruONE makes ATS installations faster, simpler and more reliable.
With seven communications protocols, the TruONE ATS is part of the ABB Ability portfolio of software enabled and connected solutions that help customers to be more productive, with features including predictive maintenance and condition monitoring.
Giampiero Frisio, managing director of ABB’s Protection and Connection business, said: "ABB has produced the solution everybody who works with ATS devices has been waiting for. The all-new TruONE ATS is the first to integrate everything that critical power applications need into one seamless unit. Designed and tested to exceed industry requirements, the TruONE ATS ensures the reliable delivery of critical power."
The company suggests that the TruONE ATS is simple to install, requiring only a single wire and standard enclosures. Ergonomic studies indicate this will make installation up to 80 percent faster and will cut cabling and commissioning times and costs by up to 90 percent.
The all-in-one design is factory-assembled and fully tested to exacting quality standards. Protection during manual operation is increased, even under load, with the elevated handle mounted to the ATS frame so there is no need to open the panel door. TruONE is also setting the new industry standard as dangerous line voltage no longer need to be connected to the door as the detachable HMI is completely isolated from the lines resulting with significantly increased safety of the equipment operators. TruONE is the first ATS with a built-in predictive maintenance functionality that monitors its own condition as well as its environment with temperature monitoring. This ensures that when operations need to switch to backup power, ABB’s ATS is always ready to perform.
The innovative device shares the same user interface and software environment as the ABB Emax 2 smart air circuit breaker. Its seven communication protocols provide maximum connectivity and together with the ability for cloud-based services via the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System, TruONE, together with other ABB devices, is making remote plant management simple.
"Innovations like this are why ABB is the most trusted name in the industry," said Dave Sterlace, ABB’s Global Head of Data Center Technology. "The all-new TruONE makes critical power a whole lot simpler with less wiring and more intelligence. Hospitals, data centers and telecommunications installations will be among the first to benefit from this technology.The new device features design and engineering advances including an ingenious contact construction that uses new materials and geometries to make load transferring more reliable and to meet the demanding test requirements of both IEC and UL."
ABB Electrification Products Division