Choice of location based on its proximity to universities with similar studies

ABB recently announced plans to open a Corporate Research Center (CRC) at its industrial computer control system facility in Wickliffe, Ohio, early this month. The CRC will concentrate on advanced computer process control and robotics to improve the efficiency and capability of industrial plants and electric utilities.

The Zurich, Switzerland-based company has invested about $25 million in CRC operations across the United States in other places like Raleigh, N.C., and Windsor, Conn., which perform research and development projects with different universities. The Wickliffe location was selected in part because of its proximity to major American universities that are pursuing projects that relate to the company’s product line, which include robots, process control systems, industrial process measurement devices, and advanced software programs to monitor and control plant and mill operations.