ABB Ability™ Cascade Monitoring for grinding

Monitor what’s happening inside your mill with a wireless vibration solution to improve grinding profitability

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The more information on the grinding circuit, the more that can be used to drive it to its optimum. Measure online key grinding features with ABB’s wireless solution. The hardware is easily attached to the shell of a mill and continuously share data to the plant’s control system. These milling features provide an indication of the current milling efficiency as well as if current conditions may be causing excessive wear on liners.

Cascade Monitoring can help you resolve a range of challenges and increase grinding profitability

Reduce energy consumption and costs

Improve and stabilize grinding conditions to reduce specific energy costs.

Reduce failures and maintenance

Cascade Monitoring exposes several key milling features that can directly be linked to high liner wear rates.

Improve operator visibility

Improve operator awareness of milling conditions by providing further information via the plant’s process control system.


  • Plug & play: nodes are attached to the mill shell via magnets and begin instantly to communicate with the base station
  • OPCUA, communication protocol to plant control system
  • Measurement of complete vibration spectrum inside mill
  • Toe angle determined
  • Shoulder angle determined
  • Cement mill fill level
  • Battery powered, rechargeable
  • Redundancy via second attached node

Close the loop between information and performance

Cascade Monitoring mill features can be incorporated into ABB’s advanced process control platform, ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer, to realize closed loop optimization. Milling features such as toe angle and amplitude of strikes on liners can be incorporated into an advanced process control strategy that actively improves operating conditions.

Get the highest grinding performance for your mine operation with ABB

More powerful and larger mills, higher ball charges and demanding ambient conditions call for a strong partner for grinding and digital solutions. We help you meet these challenges with our drive systems that come with a long track record in improving performance and extending technical frontiers of the grinding applications.

For optimal results, higher throughput and peak performance throughout the life cycle of your applications, turn to our dedicated experts for grinding solutions.

Cascade monitoring is compatible with any ABB grinding system solution

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