ABB launches SmartVentilation for underground mines

ABB's SmartVentilation offers a real-time analysis and control system to ensure working conditions are safe and energy efficiency maximized

Baden, Switzerland, December 1, 2014 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has launched its SmartVentilation system for mines. ABB’s SmartVentilation is a complete solution to the challenge of providing fresh air and venting toxic gases from subterranean mines. It also minimizes energy use by ventilating only those areas of a mine that require it. ABB estimates that this ability to work “on-demand” could reduce an operator’s electricity bill by up to half.

The SmartVentilation is divided into three “implementation levels”, SmartBasic, SmartMid and SmartPerfect. These give different degrees of control over the operation of the mine’s intake and exhaust fans. Mine operators have the option of installing one implantation level and then upgrading it at their own pace.

The fans and their drives come in modular form and are controlled with ABB’s System 800xA, a world-class industrial automation platform. This provides operators, engineers and mine managers with an easy way to supervise and control the ventilation system, either from a central location or using mobile devices.

Patrik Westerlund, the global product manager for integrated mine automation at ABB, said: “The SmartVentilation is a state-of-the-art control solution for mine ventilation that was built to be easy to use and maintain during the lifetime of the mine.”

ABB’s worldwide service organization has a strong local presence and will make sure that the customers’ ventilation systems run as effectively and efficiently as possible.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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