Wednesday, April 29, 2020


While the world has almost come to a standstill, ABB employees continue to find ways to support businesses and governments in their efforts to combat the pandemic.

One such case we are proud of is in Kerala, the state with the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in India. Kerala needed more isolation wards across the state to control the spread, which meant that a partly functioning student hostel of a medical college needed to be rapidly turned into a new isolation ward. Transforming a hostel into a 200-bedded Covid-19 isolation ward meant the need of a steady and continuous power supply, to power critical medical equipment needed to help patients.

Typically, getting all the installations, coupling, cable terminations and commissioning takes a minimum of 7-10 days. Our ABB Kochi colleagues and channel partners came together to transform this hostel into a fully powered Covid-19 Isolation Ward within just 48 hours! The current lockdown across the country meant that most operational tasks on this project had to be managed virtually with minimal human intervention.

Despite the restricted movement across the country, the team worked around the clock, arranging for installation, coupling of an add on module RMU with existing RMU, cable termination and commissioning, in just 48 hours. Coordination with the contractor, supervision of cable termination, CT connection and relay setting and in fact even the energization of the cable- were all done remotely and in record time, for the first time ever. The power re-distribution enabled the functioning of various hospital equipment, laboratories, pathological centres and doctors’ quarters in the same premises.

We appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of the team for coming together and powering the isolation ward in record time. An inspiration to each one of us to continue to come together and join humankind in the fight against Covid-19.

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