ABB updates digital service for grinding, including mobile app

Global technology company ABB has updated ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance for grinding, moving it to a cloud-based platform that enables new features […]
Kinross installed a 13.3-metre SAG mill with gearless drive at its Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania. Credit: ABB.

Global technology company ABB has updated ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance for grinding, moving it to a cloud-based platform that enables new features including additional trend monitoring and analytics. Used with the new Grinding Connect app, available for iOS and Android, mine operators can check gearless mill drive performance anywhere via smartphone or tablet.

The upgrade means that ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance for grinding is now cloud-based instead of sited on premises and includes a brand-new mobile application that allows real-time notifications on fleet status.

ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance for grinding provides easy access to gearless mill drive (GMD) system parameters and allows visualization of performance considering past activity and real-time data and assesses future maintenance requirements. It aims to extend the lifetime of grinding assets through better use of resources and to support non-stop operation and to avoid unforeseen downtime.

The new ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance facilitates greater data gathering. The data sample per mine is increased and analytics and trends are more reliably defined. The solution offers a user experience with fully customizable dashboards, alarms and events all available on the mobile app.

GMDs are the preferred grinding solution at mines characterized by higher capacity production coupled with low ore grades. By eliminating bolt-on mechanical components such as ring-gears, pinions, couplings and gearboxes, GMDs offer ore producers unrivalled availability, efficiency and durability, while reducing operating costs.

The new version of ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance is unique in the market, and the new Grinding Connect app performs as if it is as familiar as the many personal apps we use for monitoring parameters at home.

ABB draws on 130 years of experience in the mining industry and is a pioneer in the integration of electrification, automation and digitalization in mining. The world's first gearless mill drive was delivered by ABB in 1969 and is still in operation. Since then, ABB has sold more than 150 units in 23 countries.

A video in English is available here: ABB Ability Predictive Maintenance for grinding.

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