ABB’s System 800xA control solution is the ”brain” behind an automated Garpenberg. Its operators and engineers, stationed at 33 different workplaces, are linked to tablet-equipped workers via a wired and wireless communication network installed in the mill and part of the mine.
Tailored for the rigorous needs of mining, ABB’s System 800xA controls and collects data from Garpenberg’s 400-plus electric motors, 280 variable speed drives and two massive hoists that can whisk people and 416 tons of ore inside its 1,200-meter shaft.
The system integrates all critical functions, such as Garpenberg’s water management, crushers, conveyor belts, skip loading, concentrator and pumping stations. It also controls ABB’s energy-saving SmartVentilation system
, ensuring blowers run only at speeds needed to clear the air, whether it is following a blast or simply the lingering fumes from a truck.