Partner Spotlight: ABB in the Green with Innovation

First, we saw ABB cable ties as integral parts of NASA’s space program, even going as far as Mars. Now ABB is back with a new innovation—albeit on Earth, this time.

Recently, ABB partnered with the United Kingdom Power Networks to reduce their use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6).  For those who don’t know (we definitely didn’t know at first) SF6 is the world’s most potent greenhouse gas.

In their 2030 Sustainability Strategy ABB showcased its commitment to assisting its customers and suppliers reduce emissions. This partnership will use a Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) that features AirPlus gas, which acts as an insulator between the electrical contacts with almost zero impact on the earth’s atmosphere.  The GIS will enable UK Power Networks to reduce the SF6 for 8.3 million homes and businesses in their network. ABB was one of the first companies to offer SF6 free switchgear solutions and it is a major player in the company’s sustainability efforts where they are attempting to transition to a completely SF6 Free portfolio.

Between their new GIS in the UK and cable ties on Mars, keep an eye out for what comes next from ABB!

ABB and UK Power Networks switch to a sustainable future with the world's first 36 kV double busbar AirPlus™ switchgear

Photo Courtesy of: ABB

Partner Spotlight: ABB Is Out Of This World

You can find cable ties at building sites, transportation stations, computer labs, and even at sea. But did you know that you can now find ABB cable ties on a different planet?!

Yes, you read that correctly. ABB is officially out of this world.

In fact, ABB products have been provided to the NASA space program since 1973 with some cable ties from active missions still in use. Now, the Ty-Rap cable ties are part of the Mars Perseverance rover that landed on February 18 ,2021 for its current exploration of Mars. Even with the advanced equipment of the rover, wires are secured with cable ties like you would manage cables at your own home.

The Mars Exploration Program, which includes the Perseverance rover, seeks to answer further questions about Mars and its potential for supporting life. With a partner like ABB we can look forward to many more years of exploration!

Partner Spotlight: EC&M Product of the Year 2021 Nominations

Every year, Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine hosts a competition for the top product of the year where readers can vote for the winner; voting ends on June 28th. This year there are 32 nominations with some familiar companies and products that make it difficult to choose only one Product of the Year.

We want to share congratulations to all of our partners who were nominated. Thank you for your innovation and hard work!

~Kristine