ABB Cottbus provides significant contribution to Lausitz, Germany region development

"With its innovation, ABB Cottbus is making an outstanding contribution to regional development and long-term stabilization of the economic and living environment of Lausitz. The hope of successfully bringing about structural change in the energy sector will be boosted by creative solutions such as the innovation presented by ABB". (Christoph Hahn, Bezirkssekretär - translated)

Gearless conveyor drive with permanent magnet motor. ©Agentur Medienlabor Adam Sevens (currently only available in German)

The gearless conveyor drive with its permanent magnet motor impressed the Ministry of Economics at this year's "Innovationspreis Brandenburg Metall" (Brandenburg Metal Innovation Prize); received an award for this pioneering solution.

Pilot project in Lausitz
Together with Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG), ABB started a pilot project at the Jänschwalde surface mine. The direct drive was used parallel to the existing gear drive and the efficiency of both was compared. The direct drive exceeded expectations and was convincing in terms of cost-effectiveness, which goes hand in hand with better energy consumption, higher availability and lower maintenance costs. 

The Ministry of Economics is enthusiastic about the high art of engineering and looks to the future of the region optimistically. "The metals industry is a flagship of the Brandenburg economy. 17 percent of all employees in Brandenburg's manufacturing industry work in this area. That is more than 38,000 people in 2,600 companies, ranging from metal production and technological processing to the finished product. The competition for the Innovation Award has once again impressively shown how creative and innovative this sector is. (...)", said Hendrik Fischer, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, at the award ceremony. 
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Interest inspired? Learn more about the solution in the following video.

ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize - Gearless Conveyor Drives


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