ABB (NYSE:ABB), the leading power and automation technology group,is pleased to announce that its Coral Springs, Florida facility has begun the production of the ABB Relion® 615 series ANSI-based distribution protection relays. This is a major milestone not only for ABB in North America but also for its Distribution Automation business.
This Relion family of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) products had been manufactured with the highest quality in ABB facilities in Finland since 2008. With the production of the first U.S.-made units, as of June 25, ABB confirmed its commitment to protection relay customers, specifically those in North America and other ANSI markets around the world.
For several decades now, the ABB Distribution Automation business in Coral Springs has manufactured electromechanical, solid state and microprocessor relays as well as the industry-preferred Flexitest line of test switches. With the addition of the Relion 615 series, the plant manufacturing capabilities have now been expanded to cover all distribution protection and control customers’ needs.
Relion is ABB’s state-of-the-art family of products for power systems protection, control, measurement and supervision that are designed for high dependability, interoperability, and cost reduction of substation design. The Relion 615 series ANSI product line includes devices for protection and control of feeders, motors and transformers.
“By manufacturing these ANSI relays locally, ABB is committed to better serving a growing market while providing greater flexibility and capacity to respond to our customers’ needs in delivery, repairs and customer support,” said Dennis Batovsky, Managing Director, ABB Coral Springs. “ABB’s local manufacturing, including this new initiative, also continues to help the city of Coral Springs foster its economic development and growth. We are happy to report that production is in full swing with more relays being shipped out the door every day.”
To make this product transfer successful, a multi-cultural project team was assembled with personnel from different corners of the world. This team worked together for several months to solve many challenges along the way, and in the end their commitment to excellence made this transfer a complete success. “This is the true ABB spirit: teamwork and diversity towards success,” said Batovsky.
As part of this transfer, members of the operations, quality assurance and engineering departments in Coral Springs have been properly trained on the processes, advanced testing technologies and the Relion product to ensure the quality of the U.S.-made Relion 615 series ANSI relays.
ABB begins local production of Relion 615 ANSI protection relays in Florida