​ABB launches new system for automated mine control

ABB has released a new system designed to give miners greater control over automated processes at their site.

The System 800xA MIDAS Library allows operators a way to quickly troubleshoot their electrical systems through a greater substation control and monitoring environment from the control room, allowing plant teams to remotely solve electric fault issues.

“The main capability is to give plant technicians better information about the state of their electrical systems and to allow them to remotely control and correct those systems,” ABB said.

“An operator who is using the MIDAS Library will be able to monitor the whole mine’s electrical infrastructure from a single workstation using a single software package. The analytics are presented in real time using a graphic interface that is both comprehensive and intuitive.

“The capability to rapidly discover the root cause of the problem, and thus fix it more quickly when it happens, reduces disruption to the working of the mine and lowers the operational costs of running it.

“Furthermore, the fact that process and power automation can be done by one common system reduces the cost of training and spare parts.”

It has enhanced substation control and monitoring environments by offering graphical status; interlocks; and measurement and phasor diagrams.

MIDAS itself stands for ‘Mining Integrated Distribution Automation System”, with the library working within ABB’s System 800xA platform for monitoring and controlling automated processes.

The library is based on the IEC’s 61850 standard, which creates common language for automated substations and power distribution systems, which means MIDAS can be applied to the mines globally.

ABB added that the new system will have the same look and feel for both Process and Power Automation with System 800xA's Minerals Library.

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