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AUTOMATION – ABB wins US$17M contract from Codelco

SANTIAGO, CHILE - ABB, the Swiss power and automation technology group, has been awarded a US$17-million technologi...


SANTIAGO, CHILE – ABB, the Swiss power and automation technology group, has been awarded a US$17-million technological package contract for CODELCO CHILE’s Andina Division. The agreement includes the supply of technologies for data control, communications and deployment areas as well as the supply of replacement parts and complementary performance-based engineering and maintenance services. ABB will be responsible for developing engineering, design, supplies, construction, installation and start-up.

The project, named Information Integration to Support Decision Making or PIITD, will be delivered by the end of 2006. Maintenance for the different systems will last for eight years. In addition, ABB will be responsible for maintenance and support of the mine’s environmental monitoring system for a period of three years.

The implementation of PIITD considers the contribution of infrastructure, programming, configurations, new developments, technological renewal of hardware and software and the continuous improvement of automation systems and applications for optimizing the operation.

The equipment involved includes devices for measuring the level of shafts and hoppers (with laser equipment), presence alert (alerts when someone is inside a defined area), control and monitoring of fans, chutes, ventilation doors, industrial water networks, compressors, the air network, traffic lights, dust suppressors, command control of machines, a video network, vibration measurement and analysis, a process network (PLC), winches and others.

Go to www.ABB.com/Mining to learn what automation can do for your operation.


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