The new stockyard management system will help offer sophisticated material tracking and quality management and further increase the efficiency of various stockyards.

Pioneering automation company, ABB has recently launched its new ABB Ability™ Stockyard Management System that enables fully integrated cooperative operation by linking all available information and process data to improve bulk material handling at stations and stockyards of coal-fired power plants, steel mine or plants.

According to sources, the new digital system can offer sophisticated material tracking and quality management and further increase the efficiency of stockyards in linking consecutive steps in entire materials transportation chains.

In addition, the system can also enable seamless integration in production planning, provide real time information on handled material and support the management of several inputs & outputs of different material storage, qualities, mixing and blending.

As per a press report, the new management system comes with varied features such as a calculated stacking model; control & calculation of the material flow in several lines with material forecast, tracing and production history, and the ability to manage all excavators in a yard or mine machines in the plant.

Furthermore, the system also features laser scanners or drones that can offer additional surface information of real-time environments and a slice view feature that helps operators to look within a pile to check for material quality and mix, and help determine its arrival time or changing material properties when more accurate information is available.

Commenting on the launch, Franz Rietschel, Global Product Manager, Stockyard Management System, ABB, said that the application is the latest example of ABB’s efforts on helping its customers to realize the true potential of digital to optimize the company’s operations and achieve a certain quality of outgoing material.

Whereas, ABB said that the new ABB Ability™ Stockyard Management System was the newest addition to the portfolio of ABB Ability™ digitally-enabled industry solutions, products and services.