ABB wins order for Russian gold mine conveyor system

2013-02-26 - ABB Motors and Generators has won an order from Swedish conveyor OEM Kellve Bulk Material Handling Solutions for motors and all mechanical power transmission (MPT) equipment required for four complete conveyor drive systems. The equipment is for a gold mine in Russia.

ABB offered innovative product solutions and advanced technology that help improve output, decrease downtime and enhance system value, which was extremely important to this project due to the very cold operating temperatures of the mine. Special features including sump oil heaters, low temperature grease and a control cabinet heater had to be included with the primary order to handle the challenging environment.

The largest conveyor will use two H650K controlled start transmission (CST) reducers with two 355 kW ABB motors, drive bases, high and low speed couplings and pulley assemblies with bearings. The other three conveyors will use Dodge MagnaGear shaft mount reducers, with ABB motors and Dodge MPT equipment.

Additionally, the engineering team carefully analyzed the starting and running requirements of the offerings to ensure the supplied equipment was fully capable of providing the extra torque required for operating during severe cold conditions.

ABB’s strong field service capability, especially in remote areas like this one, was another key factor in securing the order. ABB installed its remote monitoring capability into the CST control system, helping Kellve answer any questions regarding the operation of the equipment by remotely accessing the control panels and reviewing the performance of the drive systems.

The order marks a new relationship between Kellve and ABB, one that helps establish the company’s MPT business in the European market. ABB’s ability to offer complete electrical and mechanical solutions, backed up with strong engineering capabilities and supported by an established field service organization, will provide many new avenues of opportunity in the mining industry.

Fort Knox Mine, a similar gold mine in Alaska.

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