Let’s innovate the future together

Emerging ecosystems of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are maturing through partnerships – would you like to join forces with us?

ABB’s drives business has long been involved in the development of equipment responding to environmental and functional factors, long before the industry’s wake to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Our variable speed drives (VSDs) bring about improvements in product quality and process efficiency through fast and accurate process control. By detecting faults and providing important information about the operation of the motor and the application, VSDs work as process sensors in the IIoT setting. With integrated remote services, drives are able to provide data that can be analyzed and turned into actionable insights to prevent costly downtime.

Drives can do a lot of things already that improve our customers’ operations. But we believe that they can do much more. We believe that VSDs can be more intelligent, more effortlessly connected and more intuitive in terms of simplicity.

To achieve the full potential of our drives, we invite innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to take on the challenge of transforming the role of variable speed drives in an industrial setting which may include improving the design, use and operation of drives or finding entirely new use cases for drives.

Join forces with us and tell us about your idea, concept or technology on the IdeaHub, an online innovation platform connecting visionaries worldwide with funding and support from global corporations.

Do you have ideas which could further simplify the installation, operation or maintenance of drives?

Are you developing new and better ways to securely bring all industrial devices into the connected conversation?

Is your innovation about making sense of data, algorithms to predict future events or industrial sensors, building networks of devices or new cost-effective wireless technologies?

If yes, then we would love to hear from you!

We want to help you take your idea to the next level and bring your venture vision to life by offering uniquely tailored support packages to maximize your venture’s commercial potential and accelerate time-to-market. These packages can include access to hardware, funding, R&D expertise, customers and markets or a funded concept acceleration sprint to further develop your ideas or ventures.

The application period is open until January 31, 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas to us at an IdeaHub event in April 2017.

We have funding and resources, you have an innovation around our challenges in terms of simplicity, connectivity and intelligence of drives. Let’s connect and innovate the future together!

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Morten Wierod

Morten Wierod is from Skien, Norway, and studied electrical engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, where he received his master’s degree. Wierod joined ABB Automation Products as Area Sales Manager in 1998. He has had several managerial positions in various ABB Business Units. Wierod is Managing Director of ABB’s Drives business unit, part of the Robotics and Motions division.
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