Leading global technology company ABB has installed ABB Ability Asset Vista Condition Monitoring to streamline maintenance, minimise costs and optimise capacity at Shanyang Coal Mine in Heyang near Weinan city in China’s Shaanxi province.

AssetVista set-up in China. Photo by ABB

AssetVista set-up in China. Photo by ABB

The digital solution has been installed at 18 sites worldwide since launching in 2015 and the commission at Shanyang Coal Mine is the first for ABB in China.

Shanyang Coal Mine produces three million tonnes of coal annually and main equipment at the mine includes a production hoist, two service hoists and one main ventilation system. The hoists are equipped with ABB brake systems installed by ABB China eight years ago.

The solution that ABB offered to Shanyang included a data acquisition system, five workstations, network devices and ABB Ability Asset Vista to completely monitor three hoists and the main ventilation system of the mine.

ABB Ability Asset Vista for mining pulls together disparate data on the condition of equipment to provide a complete picture of asset health, helping to increase process efficiency and minimise maintenance. It predicts potential problems and swiftly detects root cause, considerably reducing downtime. This improves equipment utilization and maximizes productivity, which ultimately enables mine operators to reduce costs.

It also provides full-time online monitoring capabilities, including functions such as intelligent algorithms on evaluation system operation and device condition change, troubleshooting and maintenance support.

ABB’s expert recommendations based on the solution enable repairs to be undertaken quickly, and for the elimination of unnecessary maintenance that might expose personnel to safety risks. ABB’s unique expertise is in seamlessly integrating electrical, automation and digital applications into engineered solutions to help mining and mineral processing customers optimise their operations while reducing their energy consumption and carbon emissions.

“We have benefitted from ABB’s expertise in hoists and brake systems previously, and know that ABB also has a strong track record in building unified IT frameworks,” said Chongyun Zhang of Shaanxi Chenghe Shanyang Coal Mine. “ABB’s local technical competence and the adaptation and scalability of ABB Ability™ Asset Vista were additional key factors in awarding this contract.”

“This contract marks Asset Vista’s first application in China,” said Xin Wang, Service Manager of ABB Process Industries, North Asia and China. “With technical support from ABB Brazil’s Asset Vista team, including training and project experience sharing, the team in China completed the project successfully, with commissioning in June 2020. The success of this project will play a key role in expanding our digital capabilities among other mining customers and industrial sectors in China with enquiries from new customers already underway.”

“Customer understanding of condition monitoring is increasing and this is creating a larger geographical footprint across industries,” said Eduardo Ingegneri, Global Product Manager, for ABB Ability Asset Vista. “The technology is not only scalable but can be adapted to a range of scenarios to ensure the highest levels of asset health and to enable more predictable operations.”