Armada advances into underground arena

LONGWALL mines will now have access to a unique condition monitoring tool catering to vibration and dielectric diagnosis, since ABB Australia gained accreditation to work on underground equipment.
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ABB Australia’s Eagle Farm workshop in Brisbane.

Staff Reporter

Supplier of automation and power technology products, ABB Australia, recently received accreditation from NATA to AS/NZS 3800 standards for the repair, overhaul and modification of underground equipment. This has meant the company can now launch a high voltage electrical test known as Armada (Advanced Rotating Machines Diagnostic Analysis) into the industry.

ABB business development manager Richard Brasted said Armada was ABB’s answer to condition-based maintenance.

"Its clear, simple data analysis and presentation means users can immediately see the nature and seriousness of any problem," Brasted said.

The Armada software integrates a range of diagnostic tests, from vibration and operational readings through to bearing, dielectric analysis and drive system analysis, into a single database.

Mr Brasted said this meant it gave a far more detailed, accurate and comprehensive condition report on a piece of machinery than separate data would. "It hence enables better maintenance and cost controls."

The standard insulation test set weighs seven kilograms and is easily hand carried to remote mine sites.

ABB’s rotating machines division has a full electrical and mechanical field maintenance team with skills such as Armada testing, insitu commutator machining, dragline MG set removal and replacement with laser alignment, line boring and on-site transformer assessment and overhaul skills.

Workshops are located in Moorbank, NSW and Brisbane, Eagle Farm, Queensland.

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