With global demand for medium power conveyors from 3-10MW for use in major projects such as Chuquicamata set to increase, ABB has developed gearless conveyor drives for medium power to ensure mining customers continue to reduce the cost per ton of production and stay competitive.
Meanwhile, innovations in the sphere of augmented reality, now allow ABB experts to see the same view as an on-site service engineer in real time, allowing them to provide remote support, which is of value in the wake of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
ABB’s augmented reality collaboration application, Visual Remote Support, digitalizes the field operator experience and vastly improves interaction between field and control room operations. Operatives will be able to access hands-free, real-time data related to plant assets, processes or procedures using industrial tablets, smartphones and Microsoft HoloLens glasses, not only increasing real-time collaboration, but also enabling immediate data entry from the user interface in the field.
Similarly, ABB’s newer solutions use advanced data analytics, AI tools and machine learning to correlate and analyse signals from critical mining machinery such as GCDs and motors. Not only does this equate to better online support from off-site experts, it has the potential to remove personnel from risky environments – while all the time maintaining mine production and maximising profits.