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ABB and Stäubli to develop solutions for the transition to all-electric mines

02 September 2021

ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sta¨ubli Electrical Connectors to collaborate in bringing solutions to market to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.

Sta¨ubli, a manufacturer of connector solutions, and ABB 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).

“As a global provider of reliable connectors with a strong commitment to drive innovation, we have many key applications across various industries,” said Winnijar Kauz, Stäubli Electrical Connectors’ Global Head of E-Mobility. “Every industry demands unique technological solutions, with mining now developing for a more sustainable future in the long-term. 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 emission free mining operations.”

“Mining and heavy industry customers seeking to decarbonize their operations are looking for innovative solutions to support the electrification of their fleets,” said Max Luedtke, ABB’s Global Head of Mining. “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.”

“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,” said Mehrzad Ashnagaran, ABB’s Global Product Line Manager Electrification & Composite Plant. “Partnering and joining forces amongst 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.”

The agreement between ABB and Stäubli was signed by Mehrzad Ashnagaran, ABB’s Global Product Line Manager Electrification & Composite Plant, and Philippe Grunenberger, Stäubli’s Director Global General Industries.

ABB is celebrating 130 years of experience in the mining industry in 2021. The company delivers complete electrification, automation and digital solutions, industry-specific products and lifecycle services across every stage of the mining cycle. ABB’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 pulse of events for more than 50 years and this proximity is one of the keys to successful innovative solutions.


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