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Collaboration to develop solutions for all-electric mines

Posted on 14 Sep 2021 and read 523 times
Collaboration to develop solutions for all-electric minesGlobal technology company ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Stäubli Electrical Connectors to collaborate in bringing solutions to market to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery used in mining.

ABB and Stäubli, a leading manufacturer of connector solutions, will explore the development of electrification solutions that will meet the demands of industrial applications. These include high power requirements, automated and safe operations, adaptation to harsh environmental conditions and meeting approved standards. The focus will be on mine infrastructure solutions for battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Winnijar Kauz, Stäubli Electrical Connectors’ global head of e-mobility, said: “As a global provider of reliable connectors with a strong commitment to drive innovation, we have many key applications across various industries.

“Every industry demands unique technological solutions, with mining now developing for a long-term sustainable future. Today’s mining environments need industrial leaders to collaborate and support the transition to all-electric operations. We look forward to teaming up with ABB to explore and develop technology solutions that will lead the way for emissions-free mining operations.”

Max Luedtke, ABB’s global head of mining, said: “Mining and heavy industry customers seeking to decarbonise their operations are looking for innovative solutions to support the electrification of their fleets.

“These solutions are needed to facilitate the transition to net zero emission transport and to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems. The goal is for electrification and automation of the whole mining operation.”

Sustainability in mining

Mehrzad Ashnagaran, ABB’s global product line manager (electrification and composite plant), said: “This MoU is another cornerstone of our dedication towards sustainability in mining and to reach a platform which is able to provide new solutions to the market out of collaboration between companies.

“Partnering and joining forces among domain experts and complementing the offering for the best possible customer experience in terms of productivity and safety, while focusing on environmental aspects, is what drives us at ABB. We are really looking forward to this joint approach with Stäubli.”

ABB is celebrating 130 years of experience in the mining industry this year. The company delivers complete electrification, automation and digital solutions, industry-specific products and lifecycle services across every stage of the mining cycle.

The company’s digital applications draw on advanced libraries and software solutions to reduce process complexity and can integrate with existing equipment and technology. ABB ‘Ability MineOptimize’ is a digitalised portfolio of connected solutions that is already improving the energy efficiency as well as productivity and optimisation of CAPEX and OPEX of open pit and underground mines worldwide.

Stäubli Electrical Connectors stands for advanced contact technologies and elaborate solutions developed with a methodical and qualified approach. Close conceptual and geographical collaboration with customers, even for the most uniquely demanding tasks, has kept Stäubli Electrical Connectors at the forefront of the market for more than 50 years.