Process and control today | ABB launches new version of 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 enabling new features including additional trend monitoring and analysis

New Grinding Connect app allows mine operators to check gearless grinder drive performance from anywhere via smartphone or tablet

ABB Ability™ predictive maintenance helps extend asset life and avoid unplanned downtime

ABB has launched a new version of ABB Ability™ Predictive Maintenance for Milling which is a unique advanced digital service for maintaining, evaluating and analyzing gearless mill drive (GMD) systems.

The upgrade means ABB Ability™ predictive maintenance for grinding is now cloud-based instead of localized on-site and includes an all-new mobile app that enables real-time fleet status notifications . The Grinding Connect mobile app, available for iOS and Android, means miners can monitor performance anytime and from anywhere.

ABB Ability™ predictive maintenance for grinding provides easy access to GMD system parameters and allows performance to be viewed taking into account past activity and real-time data and to assess future maintenance needs. It aims to extend the life of crushing assets through better utilization of resources and to support continuous operation and avoid unplanned downtime.

New ABB Ability™ predictive maintenance makes data collection easy. The data sample per mine is increased and analyzes and trends are more reliably defined. The solution offers a new user experience with fully customizable dashboards, alarms and events, all available on the mobile app.

GMDs are the preferred grinding solution in mines characterized by higher throughput production coupled with low ore grades. By eliminating bolt-on mechanical components such as ring gears, sprockets, couplings and gearboxes, GMDs provide ore producers with unmatched uptime, efficiency and durability, while reducing OPEX.

“A gearless crusher drive is a major investment and its availability is critical to the process,” said Angeles Fernandez, global product manager for crushing service in mining at ABB. “Unscheduled shutdowns and system failures can lead to significant production losses.”

“ABB Ability™ Predictive Maintenance for Grinding is a state-of-the-art service to analyze system data, assess the current condition of equipment and apply predictive methods. The new version is unique to the market and the new Grinding Connect app means you can check your GMD is working via your phone or tablet – it’s as familiar as the many personal apps we use to monitor our health, catch up on news , or check on the house or the children.

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