Schneider, Ampcontrol join forces underground

ENERGY management specialist Schneider Electric and Australian electrical engineering company Ampcontrol have formed partnership to co-develop an operational intelligence solution that will specifically address the needs of underground coal mining operations.

Lou Caruana

The collaboration will see the development of a solution modelled on Schneider Electric’s current Ampla Manufacturing Execution System (MES), leveraging Ampcontrol’s underground coal systems and process expertise.

The partnership will result in a seamless and holistic operational management solution capable of providing mining customers with an improved level of production insight into the performance of underground operations, according to Schneider Electric global strategic alliance manager Yong The.

“As the importance of mining efficiency and reliability grows, the combined expertise of Schneider Electric and Ampcontrol ensures these specific needs of underground coal mining will be met,” The said.

“We are confident that the integration with Ampcontrol and their capabilities in offering electrical and control system implementation in the underground mining domain, we will continue to guarantee that solutions offered cater for the high standards and requirements this sector demands.”

The relationship will give Schneider Electric and Ampcontrol’s customers an advantage by empowering them to make more proactive and informed decisions to both benchmark and improve asset and production performance.

These benefits can be achieved across the entire spectrum of underground operations, including longwall, continuous mining and coal clearance solutions, according to Ampcontrol business development manager (automation) Troy McKay.

“Schneider Electric was the perfect fit to partner with Ampcontrol as the company’s solutions complemented our existing range of services,” he said.

“We are considered an authority on system integration, with 45 years of experience, in electro-technology and real-time solutions for the underground mining sector, and the collaboration with Schneider Electric will further expand these capabilities.

“Although the short-term focus is the Australian market, we are excited that the relationship will be a great opportunity for both companies to work collaboratively on wider reaching global customer opportunities and long-term prospects.”