LKAB is one of the companies connected to the Collaborative Operations Center. The mining company is very advanced in its use of digital technology in order to stay competitive in a dynamic global market.
“Automation and technology have always been our strength,” says Kari Oja, project manager at LKAB in Kiruna. “We are constantly trying to implement new technology, but now it is at such a level that as a project manager, you cannot be aware of everything.”
For the Kiruna mine, the ABB Collaborative Operations Center recently resolved some puzzling issues and helped to increase the capacity of mine hoists. From the center in Västerås, Uddman made changes to LKAB's control system, while ABB's service engineer reconfigured the hoist mechanics in the mine located 1200 km north of Västerås. By reducing movements, the cycle time was shortened by 14 seconds and the mine hoist’s capacity increased by many hundreds of tons per day.
“Tonnage is money and every second is important in the mine,” said Oja. “Now the mine hoists emptying and filling times are redefined, and we can utilize their full capacity. “If we have ordered a Porsche, we want to be able to run it as a Porsche.”