Using the ABB Ability™ cloud platform, mining operators can gather and collate real-time data from sensors in the systems, enabling them to carry out preventive and predictive maintenance from remote locations using machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and other techniques.
To be truly digital and gain understanding, mining operators need information. ABB began adding instrumentation to GMDs and GCDs many years ago. Fast forward 10 years, and sensors are embedded in the system to communicate exactly how machines are behaving. There is also a model of each machine; a digital twin. With this information and using big data from previous operational records, it is possible to predict how the machine is going to behave in the future.
Customers can now use a secure web platform remotely from anywhere in the world to see, for example, the status of the air gap, the centricity of the mill, and the pole alignment - and ABB can proactively alert them on potential issues.
To complete the picture, customers have access to Visual Remote Support, a new augmented reality platform designed to improve response times, extend asset lifecycles, improve production performance and ensure operational excellence.
Using augmented reality to overlay computer-generated information, data, images, video or other content onto the real-world environment through Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality devices, the
solution enables a field service technician to share his or her view of a situation using the device’s camera, and communicate directly with an expert via on-screen annotations, chat, and document sharing.
Developed for use in multiple industry sectors, including metals and mining, Visual Remote Support not only improves asset and production availability by ensuring that maintenance actions are completed faster, but also reduces training costs, and improves safety for ABB and customers. The move is increasingly towards mixed reality, and ABB has been working to implement it into operations.