ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting

Advancing mine hoist technology

ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting is designed to significantly improve the up-time, availability, reliability performance, and productivity of hoists. By incorporating advanced monitoring features, the system provides actionable information on critical KPIs, ensuring better decision-making and optimization of mining operations.

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Why Smart Hoisting?

Transparent collaboration solution

Do you want a deeper insight?
Using dashboards, we have an overview of all sites around the world. This enables us to easily receive indications and drill down to any specific hoist system to see the status of all KPIs for that particular hoist.

Mail notifications
For critical KPIs, we set pre-determined rules, thresholds and limits to be notified instantly if anything changes from a normal state. 

Case Management
This will automatically start a case in our case management system, where all work previously conducted in the case is registered. 

At ABB we want to have a transparent way of working with our digital services. That is why each customer can see the cases connected to their site and follow mail correspondence with experts, together with their current case status.

Implement solutions
Together with our local engineers, we help our customers implement improvements, closing the loop by coordinating and managing the work with ABB hoist engineers on site.

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations

ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting uses powerful analytics to extract valuable information from asset and process data at a customer site. You can easily plug the data collected from ABB Ability NGX Hoist Control with ABB advanced digital service to monitor KPIs and get recommendation to optimize your hoisting system. 

The value of data analytics is fully realized when an expert determines the subsequent course of action. The experts located in ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Centers play a critical role in identifying improvement opportunities and potential failures. Routine monitoring and analysis are performed by utilizing dashboards configured to show production shortfalls, maintenance issues and safety hazards. Aggregating data from multiple sites and collaborating with experts in real-time, helps to improve productivity and efficiency for mine hoists even further. ABB is helping mining companies across the world improve their productivity.

ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting infrastructure

The backbone of this service is in its infrastructure, where all data transferred to and from site is handled in the utmost cyber secure way. Fault tracing and solution investigation will only occur though the use of a secure VPN connection.

The raw hoist data is stored on premise, easily accessible for both customer and ABB experts for deeper analysis if so required. 

Key Performance Indicators

ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting identifies, categorizes and prioritizes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the following areas:

Hoist performance
To ensure optimal operation of the hoist system, we monitor analyze a range of KPI’s, such as hoist capacity flow and motor speed. If the deviations exceed site-specific thresholds, alarms are triggered that notify site personnel and ABB experts, who are monitoring the system remotely.

Safety brake system
All emergency stops will be analyzed to ensure a controlled and approved retardation. A too high retardation can result in rope slip and a too low retardation can result in over winding. This, together with checking of the brake valves, prevents the hoist from an unplanned stop.

Hoist supervision
Here we monitor the position checkpoints, overspeed margins and compare reference between drive and control system. This helps ensure that our hoist protection works properly and that you don’t have any unwanted unbalances. 

ABB Ability™ Safety Plus for hoists solutions can transfer performance data and test results to our advanced digital service ABB Ability™ Smart Hoisting for further analysis. The field data (speed, position, brake pressure, temperature, time, actuator position, etc.) is sensed and subjected to analysis to then allow site engineers to identify any discrepancies or plausibility and take remedial actions.

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