Drives and Controls Magazine
ABB picks Melling to run UK drives and controls business
Published:  01 February, 2017

ABB has appointed Stuart Melling to lead its variable-speed drives and controls business in the UK following the promotion of Neil Ritchie to a role in global service management.

Melling, who joined ABB 12 years ago, previously managed the company’s UK drives service operation. Before that he was sales manager for ABB’s marine and cranes business, and operations manager for its UK measurement and analytics portfolio.

Melling plans to use his new role to support customers by closing the loop between Industry 4.0 technologies and the real business value that they can bring, while providing long-term support for customers with older drive systems.

“2017 is an exciting year for motor-driven applications,” he says. “While my focus is on variable-speed drives, we are working closer than ever with other ABB businesses that provide vital parts of the drivetrain – such as motors, mechanical power transmission, PLCs and HMIs.

Melling: closing the loop

“Our aim is to reinforce our position as a leader in the supply of complete packages,” he adds. “This is a particular strength as we are one of the few manufacturers of both motors and drives and ancillary equipment. Not only can we offer a perfectly matched pair, but we are also able to extract valuable data from an application and through the Internet of Things ensure that equipment lifetime is extended, productivity is enhanced and even more energy is saved.”