ABB has launched a new service product called Hoist Performance Fingerprint to help its customers assess and optimize the condition of their mine hoists. It consists of a structured audit of complete hoist systems, covering all electrical and mechanical parts to ensure reliable and safe hoist operation. The first rollouts of this service will be in Australia, Sweden and South Africa, with other countries following during 2015.

Hoist Performance Fingerprint is a consulting and audit service by which an entire hoist system is assessed, analyzed and tested using data collected from more than 20 pre-defined points and a structured analysis tool. This data forms the backbone for any further analysis done after leaving the site. All results, findings, as well as corresponding recommendations for optimizations and improvements, are then presented to the customer in a detailed report for follow-up.

“The Hoist Performance Fingerprint is a cost-effective service that provides diagnostics, key findings and recommendations in less than a week,” said Remy Lanoue, global head of service, mining. “By assessing and analyzing all electrical and mechanical parts of the hoist system, we offer our customers a comprehensive service solution from a single source. This holistic concept is unique in the underground mining market.”

ABB’s first mine hoist was delivered in 1937, and since that time more than 700 ABB units have been installed aroundthe world.