Can you give us some examples of ABB’s work with mining companies?

Absolutely. ABB has been heavily involved in remote operations, assisting mining companies in digitizing their processes, particularly in areas such as data acquisition. We have also worked on underground mining operations, specifically in the area of ventilation, which is a major cost and energy driver. This includes the implementation of software that maps out the mineshaft and sensors that can measure air flow to optimize the process and reduce energy usage by 30% to 40%. When combined with other technologies, such as high-efficiency conveyor belts, this can make a significant impact on efficiency and emissions.

How do you assess Chile’s role as a hub for mining innovation in Latin America?

Chile has been leading the charge in technological advancements for mining operations in Latin America. The country’s control systems have been operating plants with automation systems, which other countries in the region are now beginning to replicate. Currently, I would say that Chile is ahead of other countries in Latin America when it comes to implementing mining technologies, but other nations are quickly catching up as these technologies become more common throughout the industry.

Can you discuss the importance of promoting collaboration within the supply chain to achieve sustainability goals?

Collaboration within the supply chain has long been a priority for ABB. We have partnered with other companies to work on sustainability goals, such as developing an electrified mining truck with a truck supplier. ABB has also implemented business management systems that cover the entire supply chain, from the arrival of trucks with raw materials to the delivery of finished products to ports and clients. This centralized system displays important information, such as energy and water consumption, to decision-makers in real-time, allowing them to work more effectively towards sustainability goals.

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