Engineering & Mining Journal

APR 2019

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76 E&MJ • APRIL 2019 EQUIPMENT GALLERY bearings, part of the ABB Ability Digital Powertrain, that enables health checks for bearings. The smart-sensor technology pro- vides an early detection of potential prob- lems by assessing the condition of bearings from vibration and temperature information. The sensor uses the latest algorithms to as- sess, manage and ensure performance of components. It mounts to the bearing and communicates wirelessly via a smartphone or other device. This enables easy access to the health data of bearings in locations that may be diffi cult or dangerous to reach. ABB also launched the DCS880, a series of DC variable speed drives for customers heavily invested in DC-based systems. The drives are built on ABB's all-compatible, common-drive platform, sharing the same control panel, features and tools as recent and future-generation ABB drives, the company reported. They can be integrated with the company's Abil- ity monitoring services. The drives feature built-in functions, such as safe torque off, which prevents unexpected startup of machinery. Applications include convey- ors, mixers, mill stands, centrifuges, test benches, elevators, electrolysis and kilns. And in early March, the company re- leased Ability MineOptimize, a bundle of services and solu- tions enabling, among other things, compre- hensive mine digitalization. The solution is a port- folio of optimized e l e c t r i f i c a t i o n , drives and auto- mation solutions, optimized engineering, digital applications and collaborative services. It combines in-depth sector knowledge, leading-edge technology and global and local pro- ject management, engineering and digi- tal transformation expertise developed by ABB and with more than 60 years of work- ing with the mining and minerals indus- try at every stage of the mining cycle, the company reported. New Modules for Sandvik's OptiMine Platform Sandvik announced three new OptiMine modules, focused on analytics and vi- sualization. The platform now offers the Location-based Analytics, the Smart Scheduler, and the Enhanced 3D Mine Visualization modules. The Location-based Analytics gives real-time information on events and oper- ations, allowing the user to resolve loca- tion-based constraints and understand the sources of disruptive issues. The Smart Scheduler module allows the user to set rules based on history, and receive alerts when events happen that break the rules, along with information on those events. The Enhanced 3D Mine Visualization module, on a new browser-based platform, offers advanced fi ltering and search tools beyond Mining Contractors and Engineers AFRICA | ASIA | AUSTRALIA | EUROPE NORTH AMERICA | SOUTH AMERICA • Shaft Sinking • Mine Development • Contract Mining • Raiseboring • Raise Mining • Underground Construction • Engineering & Technical Services • Specialty Services EXPERIENCE A revolutionary shaft sinking technique: the Shaft Boring Roadheader from Herrenknecht AG A Member of The Redpath Group Slavkaliy's Nezhinskiy Mine Consider it done.

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