ABB and Atlas Copco develop underground mobile integration system

ABB and Atlas Copco have developed a mobile integration between ABB's process control system 800xA and Atlas' underground mining machines.

According to ABB the technology is currently installed at a test mine in Sweden, and will provide greater process control.

"This project integrates important data from Atlas Copco underground drill rigs, loaders, and trucks into ABB's process control System 800xA for better visualization and utilisation of the machine fleet," ABB says.

"By tracking locations of machines, their status and actual operating environments underground, this solution will provide the information needed to help mine operators make right decisions at the right time to keep production running as smoothly as possible."

The integration of the process control system is the first step of the partnership, which will continue to add more functionality as it develops.

The head of ABB's mining and minerals processing unit, Andre Inserra, said he was happy about this co-operation.

"The joint development will create a lot of added value for the mining operation in underground mines," he said.

Atlas Copco's president of underground rock excavation, David Shellhammer, agreed.

"Our future mine operators want an all in one information centre to optimise the utilisation of our machines underground; I am sure this project will take a big leap forward in optimisation of underground mining," Shellhammer said.

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