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ABB India provides electrification solutions to world’s longest conveyor system

India, Karnataka, Bellary: ABB India has provided complete electrification, drives and automation solutions for a 24 km conveyer system of JSW Group.

To ensure timely, cost effective, and safe transportation of iron ore with minimal impact on the environment, JSW, one of India’s largest private sector steel companies, set up the world’s longest conveyor system at one of their plants in Bellary, Karnataka.

The key requirement of the project was system design, product reliability and life cycle support. The system consists of three flights of pipe conveyor to transport iron ore from Nandihalli yard to JSW site at Toranagallu in Bellary, Karnataka.

For the project, ABB supplied complete medium voltage switchgear panels for their four substations, an ACS880 low voltage high power single drive and parallel connected drive, engineered AMI series of low voltage motor, converter duty transformer and hot redundant PLC and SCADA solutions for the conveyors, through OEMs Macmet, FLS and LNVT.

Through this pipe conveyor system, JSW has cut down nearly 3,000 road trips required for the transportation of the iron ore. This not only solves the critical issue of transportation of raw material from mining to processing sites, but also makes the process more sustainable by significantly reducing carbon emissions caused by road transportation.

Transportation of iron ore by road resulted in hefty costs, unavoidable delays and loss of material due to breakdowns and slippage. The pipe conveyor system has achieved reduced inbound logistics costs, contained material losses, improved safety, and minimized carbon footprint. There have been zero road accidents after this pipe conveyor got commissioned.


Source: T&D India