ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.
ABB's Electrification Products division manufactures low-voltage circuit breakers, switches, control products, wiring accessories, enclosures and cable systems to protect people, installations and electronic equipment from electrical overload. ABB's unique offering of electrical control and protection products enable customers to significantly reduce panel costs and meet global electrical standards.
ABB's Installation Products division manufactures products used to manage the connection, distribution, and transmission of electrical power in industrial, construction, and utility applications globally. ABB Installation Products designs manufacture and markets the trusted Thomas & Betts electrical product brand names such as Steel City®, Iberville®, Star Teck®, Color-Keyed®, and Ty-Rap®.
ABB Drives offering includes low voltage AC and DC drives, as well as medium voltage AC drives. ABB drives offer application specific functionality, control for different types of motors as well as flexible connectivity to automation networks.
ABB’s Baldor-Reliance® General Purpose Electric Motors designs and manufactures industrial electric motors, drives, and mechanical power transmission products. Its products include AC motors, DC motors, servo motors, gear motors, grinders, buffers, and lathes; AC and DC drives; mounted bearings; conveyor components; mechanical drive components; couplings, clutches, and brakes; and enclosed gearing products.
History of ABB
ABB, together with its predecessor companies, has a history of innovation excellence stretching back more than 130 years. Innovation has been in ABB’s DNA since they were founded to take advantage of a new technology called electricity. Since then ABB have continued to push the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels.
In this video to celebrate ABB’s proud heritage, take a look at some of the ABB technologies – including automation and digitalization - that have transformed society and industry and are helping us move to a more productive, sustainable future.
ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite combines the power of data management, domain knowledge, technology capabilities and implementation expertise. The suite helps to make timely, accurate, insight-driven decisions to achieve a high degree of optimization and control.
ABB revolutionizes the low-voltage switchgear: The bus plate technology combined with the connectivity of the
ABB Ability™ platform mark the next innovation leap, making ABB’s NeoGear the safest option for operators, maximizing efficiency and reducing costs for digitalized industries.
ABB joins the FIA Formula E Championship as the series' title partner to form the newly-named ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The race series serves as a competitive platform to test and develop e-mobility-relevant electrification and digitalization technologies.
ABB launches ABB Ability™, its industry-leading digital solutions offering, connecting customers to the power of the Industrial Internet of Things. ABB Ability™ turns data insights into the direct action that "closes the loop" and generates customer value.
ABB introduced the world’s truly collaborative robot: YuMi®. The innovative human-friendly dual arm robot with breakthrough functionality unlocks vast global additional automation potential in industry.
ABB develops a hybrid DC breaker suitable for the creation of large inter-regional DC grids. This breakthrough solves a technical challenge that has been left unresolved for over a hundred years and was perhaps one of the main influencers in the 'war of currents'.
ABB links the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant in southwest China to Shanghai about 2,000 km away with an UHVDC connection with a capacity of ±800 kV and 7,200 MW of power.
NorNed, the longest submarine HVDC cable in the world at 580 km, links the power networks of Norway and the Netherlands with a transmission capacity of 700 MW.
ABB delivers electricity through a DC (direct current) link originating 70 km away on land to a gas platform in the North Sea, helping avoid annual emissions of 230,000 tons of CO2 and 230 tons of NOX.
ABB launches its Extended Automation System 800xA providing a process automation system that has since been installed at thousands of applications delivering continuous productivity improvements.
ABB links the AC networks of South Australia and Victoria with the world’s longest underground transmission. ABB also linked Conneticut and Long Island with the world’s first extruded HVDC submarine transmission.
ABB delivers world’s first commercial high-voltage shore-to-ship electric power, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships berthed at the Swedish port of Gothenburg.
ABB launches the FlexPicker, a delta robot uniquely designed for the picking and packing industry. Today, it's the leader in state-of-the-art high speed robotic picking and packing technology.
ABB launches Azipod, a family of electric propulsion systems that are fixed to the outside of ships providing both thrust and steering functions. They increase maneuverability, efficiency and the space available on board.
ASEA and BBC merge to form the new company, with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The new group, which started operations on Jan. 5, 1988, had revenues of $17 billion and employed 160,000 people around the world.
Learn more about ABB's history at ABB.com.
ABB has four leading business areas.
Writing the future of safe, smart and sustainable electrification.
ABB's Electrification business offers a wide-ranging portfolio of products, digital solutions and services, from substation to socket, enabling safe, smart and sustainable electrification. Offerings encompass digital and connected innovations for low- and medium-voltage, including EV infrastructure, solar inverters, modular substations, distribution automation, power protection, wiring accessories, switchgear, enclosures, cabling, sensing and control.
Writing the future of safe and smart operations.
ABB's Industrial Automation business offers a broad range of solutions for process and hybrid industries, including industry-specific integrated automation, electrification and digital solutions, control technologies, software and advanced services, as well as measurement & analytics, and marine and turbocharging offerings. Industrial Automation is #2 in the market globally.
Writing the future of smart motion
ABB's Motion business is the largest supplier of drives and motors globally. We provide customers with the complete range of electrical motors, generators, drives and services, as well as mechanical power transmission products and integrated digital powertrain solutions. We serve a wide range of automation applications in transportation, infrastructure and the discrete and process industries.
Robotics & Discrete Automation
Writing the future of flexible manufacturing and smart machines
ABB's Robotics & Discrete Automation business provides value-added solutions in robotics, machine and factory automation. Our integrated automation solutions, our application expertise across a wide scope of industries and our global presence deliver tangible customer value. Our focus on innovation includes extensive work in artificial intelligence, an ecosystem of digital partnerships and the expansion of our production and research capabilities.
Electrifying the world in a safe, smart and sustainable way.
Food & Beverage
ABB automation solutions can help sharpen your quality and productivity while staying ahead of the ever-increasing expectations of your customers with competitiveness and agility.
Food and beverage makers today must manage many complexities in parallel: Uncompromising safety, hygiene and traceability. Continuous, reliable operations in extreme temperatures and corrosive environments. And shorter and shorter product cycles with greater variation. ABB can help you build the flexible, cost-effective production systems needed to manage your risks and gain the most from today's trends.
In the dynamic, fast-paced data center industry, a passion for change is essential. Having been at the forefront of industrial power and automation for over a century, it’s in our DNA. Like you, we feed off new challenges. And by partnering with us, you can be confident that whatever demands the future brings – from scale to speed to sustainability – we’ll work with you to find the answers and best data center solutions. You are the expert in your business and we’re here to support you wherever you – or your data center – are in the world.
Rail & Infrastructure
Rail is being rediscovered as a sustainable and energy-efficient form of transport. We understand the importance and implications of running these railway networks. We provide complete solutions that protect your infrastructure and meet the expectations of users and transport stakeholders for all key applications. These include infrastructure, passenger stations, control and signaling units, tunnels and rolling stock.
Oil & Gas
As a leading global player, ABB offers integrated solutions across the complete value chain of the Oil & Gas industry. ABB makes it easier to do business with, being the one-stop-shop from source to socket, and further offering the full integration and optimization of these products and solutions, backed by a global presence and service footprint.
ABB’s products save time and costs during project execution and ensure highest process uptime, with increased efficiency and maximized safety. They are designed for heavy duty industrial applications and extensively tested to withstand the requirements of the Oil & Gas industry helping ensure maximum safety, reliability and uptime. ABB’s range of products for these industries includes a complete range of switchgear, electrical houses and compact secondary substations suitable for extreme and harsh environments.
As the maritime industry moves towards new energy sources and autonomous operations, ABB’s technologies are redefining the future, bringing new levels of reliability, efficiency and sustainability to shipping.
We believe that future-proof ships will be built on the foundation of electricity. The electrical backbone, integrated with automation and control systems, is already transforming the industry to truly collaborative and automated operations.
ABB has provided electric systems for vessels for more than 110 years. Today, well over 1,300 ships employ ABB’s electric system, and more than 900 vessels are connected to the ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Centers for remote support.
It is our role as a frontrunner to drive this transformation and equip the marine industry with electric, digital and connected solutions that maximize the full potential of vessels and enable a safe, efficient and sustainable ship operations.
Metals & Mining
ABB’s approach covers the complete value-added chain, from your mine to the product you market. ABB excels at merging equipment, skills and services to develop a complete customized solution that strengthens your entire operation regardless of project size. ABB’s capabilities combined with its global and local resources offer integrated power, control and information solutions. You specify the requirements just once and ABB takes the responsibility for creating an integrated solution that works smoothly and efficiently.
Waste Water Management
ABB understands the challenges faced in water and wastewater treatment facilities and is committed to providing innovative electrical solutions that not only reduce overall project costs, but also increase safety, promote sustainability, and even improve cash flow.
Whether it’s labor-saving rough-in components, custom-designed electrical prefabrication systems, online cloud-based design tools or even world-class logistics, ABB can help bring water and wastewater treatment projects in on time, within budget and profitably.
04/06/2023ABB - Electrical solutions for food and beverage processing
With an ever-expanding portfolio of electrical installation products designed specifically for use in food and beverage processing environments helps both increase the reliability of the electrical system and enhance food safety.
08/18/2022ABB - Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
ABB Installation Products understands the challenges faced in water and wastewater treatment facilities and is committed to providing innovative electrical solutions that not only reduce overall project costs, but also increase safety, promote sustainability, and even improve cash flow.
- April 20, 2022
ABB advances electrical worker safety with expanded Elastimold™ solutions
Building on more than a century of innovation and nearly 50 years of Elastimold technology, ABB collaborated with customers to develop the new Elastimold™ Tru-Break™ single-phase switchgear module and the new Elastimold™ Veri-Spike™ grounding-aid device that help mitigate risk for utility workers maintaining electrical equipment.
- August 11, 2021
ABB SACE® Tmax® XT7 Circuit Breaker Wins Product of the Year Award
EC&M Magazine has awarded the ABB SACE Tmax XT7 MCCB its 2021 Product of the Year Silver Award. The award highlights one of the top new electrical products across all categories.
- April 20, 2021
ABB Revs Up to Bring Products and Expertise to Customers across the U.S.
The ABB #PowerBetter tour is a trade show on wheels, showcasing the complete ABB one-line from source to socket, featuring the all new ReliaGear™ family portfolio. The road show trailer will provide an engaging, hands-on experience in a controlled, comfortable environment.
US Electrification Events
- ABB #PowerBetter Roadshow
- ABB US Electrification Webinar Center
- ABB Technical Tuesdays
- Industry Events with ABB
- InControl Webinar Series for OEMs
View all ABB Webinars & Virtual Events on ABB.com.
Supporting your success
At ABB we are committed to strengthening the ways in which we work with our distributor partners and have a wide range of digital tools to support them and the end customer, helping maximize opportunities for our continued success now and in the future.
e-Commerce enabled sales
ABB AbilityTM Marketplace
Building Information Modeling
Explore ABB’s full end-to-end offering on the ABB.com website. Browse through the segments and learn about our latest products and systems updates on our dedicated Electrification homepage. The new Distribution Channel landing page is constantly being developed and provides useful information and links for our Distribution partners.