ABB wins comprehensive service contract for Boliden’s Aitik mine

Västerås, Sweden, Sept. 16, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a maintenance service contract from Boliden AB to maintain the high productivity, increased energy efficiency and lower operating costs afforded by ABB power and automation solutions delivered to the Aitik open pit mine in Sweden.

ABB is responsible for managing maintenance schedules so that high performance and efficiency are preserved with minimal maintenance stops, lower operating costs and no breakdowns.

The service contract deals with all Boliden’s needs including a support line 24 / 7, the provision of quarterly remote service reports, regular preventive maintenance scheduled to meet Bolden’s requirements with a reliable, well-managed supply of spare parts to guarantee optimal mining operations.

“This is a unique contract for ABB that demonstrates our ability to provide a comprehensive service package for power and automation equipment. This could be a model for all mining sites with ABB equipment around the world,” said Hans Eckerrot, head of ABB’s service business in Sweden.

The service contract covers the process control system (ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA), medium-voltage converters, gearless mill drives, low-voltage converters, low-voltage motors, and power equipment such as transformers, gas-insulated switchgear, switchboards, breakers, relay and auxiliary supply systems.

“The System 800xA platform will give us the opportunity to include predictive maintenance software components integrated with the customers’ maintenance system, and thereby further improve the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) while reducing maintenance costs,” Eckerrot added.

ABB has more than 1,000 service contracts in Sweden helping to improve the availability and productivity for its end users. The services are delivered from 30 regional offices around the country.

ABB (www.abb.com) 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 117,000 people.

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