The Argyle mine, located in the Kimberley region in the far north-eastern area of Western Australia, was the world’s largest single producer of diamonds. The mine lies some 550km south-west of Darwin by air. The region is remote, rugged and hot, with temperatures of more than 40°C during the wet season from October to March.
Avtron Industrial Automation is a manufacturer of electric drive systems and heavy-duty encoders for the mining industry. Avtron’s engineered solutions for the mining industry include:
- New AC and DC drives and systems
- Motor and generator field controls
- Digital firing modules for retrofit of older analog drives
- Diagnostic monitors
- Mine-duty pulse encoders
Our capabilities for the mining industry range from single drives on drill applications to complete electrical drive systems, with turnkey installation and start-up on shovels and draglines. Avtron specializes in upgrading older drive systems to eliminate obsolete hardware and provide mines with ‘better than new’ control systems.
Avtron’s solutions have improved the productivity of shovels, draglines, drills, conveyors, trucks, and mine hoists throughout the world.
Shovel, dragline and drill drive system upgrades
Avtron drive system upgrades are installed on every major model of large electric shovel, dragline, and blasthole drill in the world.
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Custom shovel and dragline-specific software provides mining machinery with improved cycle time, availability, mechanical component life and, most importantly, uptime.
In addition to mine-specific hardware and system engineering, Avtron offers turnkey capability to manage a project from budgeting through commissioning. Avtron controls drive the most productive excavators on earth.
Mine hoist drive systems
Avtron hoist drive systems are used in underground mines worldwide. Avtron provides complete hoist systems, including Avtron AC or DC drives, motors, encoders, transformers, power conditioning, operator stations, electronic over-speed, installation and commissioning.
Hoist-specific experience, an unsurpassed commitment to long-term support, and a deep bench of project and service engineers, are what set Avtron apart as a drive system partner for mine upgrades. Avtron’s project, service, and installation engineers average over 20 years of specific mining experience with demanding drive applications.
Heavy-duty encoders for mines
Avtron builds a complete line of heavy-duty encoders used in mines for speed feedback on shovels, draglines, hoists, and conveyors.
Custom-designed for tough applications, Avtron encoders are prized for their ability to handle the severe shock, vibration, and dust present on mining equipment.
Mine diagnostic systems
The Avtron Performance View diagnostic system acts as a 24/7/365 monitor of machine performance. The Performance View system provides maintenance and production personnel with an excellent tool to monitor machine and operator performance.
The system offers extremely fast scan time coupled with long-term storage to aid mines with quicker problem solving, improved machine uptime through reduction of unplanned shutdowns, and lower maintenance costs.
Remote access capability allows Avtron’s experienced field service technicians to aid customers in preventive maintenance and maximizing machine uptime.
Mine drive system engineering, development and manufacture
Avtron provides in-house design engineering, software development, manufacturing, project engineering, and installation and start-up capability. This ‘one stop for support’ philosophy provides customers with more uptime, better start-ups, faster response, and long-term support.
The company’s drive system philosophy is to provide customers with maximum availability and performance, complete with minimum installed cost and downtime. Avtron’s design focus provides products that mines can service quickly themselves if required, also lowering support cost. The company prides itself on supporting its hardware longer than any other drive vendor.
Mining drive system service and support
Avtron’s experienced service department provides 24/7/365 worldwide support with on-site service and remote access capability. Installation, start-up, and support services are available on all Avtron products anywhere in the world and at any time.
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