ABB collaborates with Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group

ABB and Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to jointly explore the evolution of service capabilities for mine hoist systems located in customer sites worldwide.

With more than 600 active production and service mine hoists at ABB’s global installed base, an opportunity with BBRG has arisen, a leading manufacturer of mission-critical advanced cords and ropes.

Together, the companies will design, develop and deliver services focused on the improvement of critical operations for mine hoist customers. The consultative solutions will include innovative approaches towards safety, availability, productivity, risk reduction and sustainability.

Aligning the best-in-class practices for preventative maintenance will be further enhanced by the integration of inspections, audits, and spare parts inventory optimization, now for the complete hoisting system. The focus will be on Australia, Europe, China and North America.

ABB’s digital solution suite for mine hoist monitoring and optimisation, ABB Ability Smart Hoisting, and BBRG’s VisionTek offerings for ropes will be combined under the predictive maintenance category, bringing technologies to provide asset health and condition/performance monitoring platforms and services to mine hoist operations.

Charles Bennett, Global Service Manager, Business Line Hoisting, ABB Process Industries commented, “We’ve chosen to partner with Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group in this way because we can see the many benefits for our customers who are using ABB mine hoist systems.”

“It has been clear from our work together in the past and in more recent discussions that we’ll make a great team for these future projects, where we can demonstrate our joint capabilities for all types of service.”

Koray Bineklioglu, general manager for advanced services at Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, said, “The geographies and breadth of service we can work on together is extensive. Our potential collaboration spans across diverse geographies and a broad spectrum of services.

“We are excited about the imminent introduction of our comprehensive service portfolio and our engagement with customers who frequently grapple with the challenge of balancing hoist productivity and equipment servicing. Our VisionTek solution will offer customers a complete package, including real-time analysis, digital data access, and expert monitoring of critical working ropes, ultimately enhancing efficiency and reducing downtime.”