Converted from obsolete GE Drives to ABB DCS880 Drives over one week outage

Coal Barge Unloader

Application and customer

  • Ship loading coal conveyor crane
  • Customer: the largest terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the only bulk terminal in the region that provides direct rail access for ocean going shipments. There are two independent ship-loading systems, with its newest ship-loader capable of accommodating cape-sized ocean vessels.

ABB scope

  • Replace existing GE DC2000 DC drive with ABB DCS880 drives.
  • Modify the existing PLC Control system to include the new devices.
  • Provide design engineering for drives and controls. Provide engineering support for electrical and communications systems.

Customer benefits

  • Reduced downtime
  • DC2000s were tripping often with communication issues
  • Up to date drive hardware, availability of service and parts
  • Customer has ABB drives in other parts of facility
  • Customer now asking for quote to change PLC control to ABB


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