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MineOptimize ABB 400March 11, 2019

With digitalization at its heart, ABB Ability MineOptimize connects all electrification, automation and digital offerings to optimize all stages in the lifecycle - from design and build to operation and service – of any open pit or underground mine and minerals processing plant.

ABB Ability MineOptimize is an innovative, comprehensive portfolio of optimized electrification, drives and automation solutions, optimized engineering, digital applications and collaborative services. It combines in-depth sector knowledge, leading edge technology and global and local project management, engineering and digital transformation expertise developed by ABB over 60 years of working with the mining and minerals industry at every stage of the mining cycle.

ABB Ability MineOptimize comprises a suite of digitally connected products, services and solutions, which include state-of-the-art digital technologies for remote services, predictive maintenance tools as well as solutions for upgrades and retrofits. Advanced application libraries, software solutions and digital platforms reduce process complexity, promote safe and secure production and lower lifetime operating costs. By ensuring that the right people have the right information at the right time and from anywhere, 

ABB Ability MineOptimize digital applications enable mine operators to maximize reliability, safety, productivity and energy efficiency while optimizing planning and visibility across operations and the entire enterprise.

“Optimization of mining and mineral processing operations in order to improve productivity, reduce downtime and protect workforce and the environment is essential and an important factor in being competitive in the market,” said Martin Knabenhans, head of product management for ABB’s Process Industries business unit.

“The ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize portfolio offers open, digitally connected mining applications for unmatched operation, maintenance, process and production performance. As digital transformation partner ABB Ability MineOptimize enables IT/OT integration for some of the world's most cost effective mines.”

As a leader in digital industries, ABB will shape the future of mining by rolling out new electrification solutions, digital applications and collaborative services in the innovative ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize portfolio throughout the year to:
• Enable sustainable mining by powering the all-electric mine
• Re-invent mining automation with the next generation of ABB Ability System 800xA for Process and Power Control
• Improve availability through enhanced collaborative services with new predictive cloud based analytics for grinding, hoists and conveyors

The new ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize digital applications complement electrification and automation so-lutions and dedicated mining systems for hoists, gearless or ring geared mill drives and material han-dling which can be applied in the building or revamping of a mine. They will also sit alongside collabora-tive remote assistance, availability, performance and quality services.

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The webinar is free, and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions in a live Q&A session after the presentation. To sign up, visit the arc-flash webinar registration page.

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