Almost one year later, the Vitåfors East hoist is currently being upgraded. Filip Stålnacke, who personally spent two years at LKAB in Kiruna, now works as a service engineer at ABB. He led the commissioning work on site and developed the software during the Vitåfors East project.
“We have stayed on schedule pretty well, which is always a challenge, even though it was basically a case of ‘copy and paste’ of Vitåfors West. We have worked well as a team during the course of this project.”
Peter Johansson, the project manager at ABB with responsibility for implementing both projects, also feels the entire job has gone very well from a teamwork perspective.
“Having said that, when it was a real struggle getting the motor started during commissioning, we were able to resolve the issue together, thanks to our good relationship with LKAB,” he says.
Even though technology is developing at lightning speed, Pär Sundqvist at LKAB is confident that future results will be positive.
“We are certain that the installed equipment will secure our production for the next 20–30 years,” he says.