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ABB and UWA join to realize future of digital mines

Autonomous trucks. Image: Rio Tinto.

ABB Group has linked with the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) new Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability Industry 4.0 (ERDi) TestLab, run by Enterprise Transformation Partners (ETP), to advance Industry 4.0 open process automation standards.

The initiative includes collaboration on AMIRA Global’s P1208 Interoperability Enablement for Natural Resources project, designed to realize the future digital mine.

It aims to develop and implement interoperability standards for mine planning, mine scheduling and execution so that equipment and applications for mine operations become ‘plug and play’.

Aim is to develop and implement interoperability standards for mine planning, scheduling and execution so that equipment and applications for mine operations become ‘plug and play’

Building on the University of Western Australia I4.0 ERDi Test Lab, this initiative will enable an offsite test laboratory to evaluate efficacy of interoperability of technology without disrupting ongoing mining activities.

“Industry 4.0 and digital transformation are huge opportunities for the Australian mining industry with automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) generating insights and accelerating greater productivity and efficiency,” said Stuart Cowie, Head of Industrial Automation Process Industries, ABB Australia.

“This underlines ABB’s commitment to ensuring Industry 4.0 concepts influence its product roadmaps into the future, and demonstrates the significant value that can be delivered to customers through interoperability and automation across both processes and systems.”