ABB Mining User Conference 2019

Social program
Welcome to Mining User Conference 2019

"The digital future of Mining is here"

March 27-29, 2019
Sheraton Hotel, Santiago, Chile

ABB Mining User Conference brings together professionals from the mining and mineral processing industries for a premier educational and collaboration event.

Over 300 companies from some 50 countries including end users, major mill suppliers, OEMs, EPC(M)s, consultants and other partners are invited to share experiences, knowledge and ideas with us. We are very pleased to announce that aside from ABB contributions, many of our customers and partners will present new developments in the mining and mineral processing world.

We are excited to offer this excellent networking platform again and are looking forward to having you join the event.

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Basic facts

Two and a half full days of conference (March 27-29) with some 30 interesting presentations from customers and ABB specialists, interactive sessions and group discussions.

Solution demos
Hands-on demonstrations of the latest solutions / innovations in hardware and software. Experience what electric mine trucks, robotics, digitalization, and ABB Ability will bring to the mining industry.

Sheraton Santiago Hotel is located in the midst of parks and gardens. It’s just 15 minutes away from the city's international airport, and features first-class services and awarded cuisine.

Social program
Part of the event, on Saturday March 30th, ABB will host a sightseeing tour around Santiago, including a visit to the famous Viña Mar Vineyard for wine tasting and a traditional Chilean lunch.

Agenda (subject to change without notice)

Date Activity / Topic Presenter

Wednesday March 27 Conference opening ABB host

Cloud based Predictive maintenance platform for Grinding power train A.Madi

Mogwalakena GMD Cycloconverter replacement M. Pischtschan

Coffee break

Closing the loop between APC and Condition Monitoring for maximized profitability and equipment availability R. Koorts

Trolley Assist  -  Electrical mine trucks at Boliden Aitik J. Ranggard (Boliden)

The Challenge of Technology Adoption in the Creation of the Digital Mine R. Bose, N. Lazare  (XPS, Glencore)

Lunch break

Interactive session = 8 demo exhibits with hands-on solutions Several

Coffee break

Puerto Nuevo – ABBs Data Driven Digital Service for a Coal Terminal Operation R. Collins (Puerto Nuevo)

All electric mine, Open pit operation M.Serres

First impressions from HPGR dynamic load sharing at copper mine T. Schuerch

Pilot test - AI and Machine Learning for improving the control of grinding mills M.Hallen

Welcome reception

Thursday March 28 Twenty Years of Mill Drives – A Consultant’s Experience A.Puebla (Consultant)

Digital application to monitor the industrial electrical system A. Somensari

Electrical System Digital Upgrade and Maintenance Contract G. Brancalio

Coffee break

Wireless / Wifi positioning in underground mines F. Kauma(Boliden)

Codelco Project , Ventilation on Demand - VOD I. Villegas

Smart Power - integrated electrical power distribution system for underground mines K. Kainulainen

Lunch break

High Powered gearless conveyor drives M. Dilefeld

Cerro Verde Product Unit Expansion M. Halonen
  ABB’s global collaboration for a 3 years maintenance agreement  F. Herrera, A. Oladzadeh 

Closing the loop between mine short term planning and real-time mine operation takes ability E.Lima

Coffee break
  Shovel and Dragline Turn Key Retrofits  S. Ramsay 

Improving operation and maintenance of grinding mills through a digital workstation - GrindingCockpit T. Schuerch

Optimized model based control of main mine ventilation air flows with minimized energy consumption S.l.Sjostrom

Increased availability in Tasiast thanks to long-term service agreement Z. Mirkovic

Gala Dinner

Friday March 29  Collaborative engineering approach avoided severe consequences from unsuitable mill drive selection  D. Sager - J. Lacelle (Lundin Gold) 
Improved grinding performance through variable speed M. Perrucci

Results from deployment of a Condition Monitoring System integrated to Control System platform (AssetVista) E. Ingegneri

Auto scheduling for higher efficiency L. Onnerlov (Boliden)

Coffee break

Performance Optimization for hoists S. Vidmar, M. Uddman

Conveyor Advanced Services Condition Monitoring E. Bothelo

SPCC Toquepala Expansion - designing a reliable grinding circuit L. Bonvicini

Stockyard Management System - Integrated Operation in Mining through Digitalization – from a concept to a solution F. Rietschel

Lunch break
  Tech talks - discussions in focus groups (optional)
- Grinding
- Hoisting
- Service
- Digital 
  End of conference
Saturday, March 30
Social program

Please use two specific registration sites:

A) one where you register for the conference

  1. Fill in your personal details
  2. Confirm if you plan to join the social program on Saturday March 30th. 

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B) second one where you reserve a hotel room

  1. Fill in your personal details
  2. Reserve a suitable hotel room
  3. State your credit card details to secure your booking
Please register as soon as possible as some activities have limited spaces (first come – first served), registration deadline is February 25, 2019.

The event will be held at Sheraton Santiago Hotel in the heart of Santiago.

The iconic Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center is a historical landmark in Chile. The hotel has amazing views of Santiago and is the largest hotel in Chile with 525 rooms. Located in the midst of parks and gardens, just 15 minutes away from the city's international airport, featuring first-class services and awarded cuisine.   >> Explore the hotel  

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Please note that hotel expenses are to be borne by each participant, and that all reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of booking. Late cancellations and no-show charges apply and will be charged to your credit card.

On Saturday March 30th, ABB will host a half-day sightseeing tour in and around beautiful Santiago, including a traditional Chilean lunch and a visit to the well-known Viña Mar Vineyard.

The sightseeing tour will bring the participants back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dress code:

Conference = business casual

For the social program, bring comfortable shoes and a windbreaker jacket.


The weather in Chile in March is normally warm with slightly decreasing temperatures in the end of the month making Santiago much more comfortable during the day. Santiago's monthly daytime averages are around 26°C. Nights cool off correspondingly, to 9°C.

Airport transport:

The fastest way to reach the hotel from the airport is by taxi, Sheraton is only a 15-20 minute ride from the airport. For official airport transportation go to website:

Please use only official airport transportation, it can be booked in advance on the website or directly at airport counters.

Exchange rate US Dollar to Chilean Pesos

1 USD = 680 CLP

Santiago tourist guide information

Citizens of the following countries can visit Chile without a visa for up to 90 days:

All European Union citizens



 Antigua and Barbuda






 Bosnia and Herzegovina




 Costa Rica


 El Salvador







 Hong Kong















 New Zealand








Saint Kitts and Nevis

 Saint Lucia

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 San Marino



 South Africa

 South Korea





 Trinidad and Tobago



 United Arab Emirates

 United States


  Vatican City



For more information about visa to Chile, please visit:  >>

If you require an invitation letter from ABB to obtain your visa, please contact:

Please make sure you apply well in advance, as the visa process may take some weeks.

Questions concerning the event can be directed to:

 - Global organizer, Anders Boman 
 - Chilean coordinator, Marcela Toro


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