New integration system for underground mines

2012 Sep 06

Piecing together the integration puzzle

SWEDEN A unique collaboration between Atlas Copco and ABB has led to a significant advance in mobile fleet integration for underground mining. The two companies have come up with the world?s first system to give mines a complete overview of operations.

The technology integrates data from Atlas Copco?s advanced underground mobile mining equipment in real time (via a WiFi network) with ABB?s Process Control System 800xA. This gives control room personnel a complete overview of all activities, allowing them to make informed decisions on production flow.

Mattias Pettersson, Product Manager, Data Management and Communication at Atlas Copco, says:  ?This is a very exciting development that brings the future of underground mining right into the present. Underground mines will be able to run their operations and meet their targets more effectively than ever before and organize fleet maintenance much more efficiently.?

David Shellhammer, President at Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation, says: ?Our future mine operators want a compelling, all-in-one information center to optimize the utilization of our machines underground. I am certain that this project will result in a big leap forward in the optimization of underground mining.?

Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.