ABB自动化在加拿大的高级技术顾问Klaus Kacy, 参加了4月底在CIM’s Montreal总部举行的庆祝活动，并接受奖项授予。
[COLOR=#708090]ABB mining specialist wins gold prize in Canada
2007-05-25 - An ABB specialist in hoist technology has won the prestigious Donald J. McParland Memorial Medal from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum （CIM） for outstanding engineering achievements and service to the mining industry.
Klaus Kacy, a senior technical consultant with ABB Automation in Canada, accepted the award at a gala event at CIM’s Montreal headquarters at the end of April.
"This is a real honor, because it’s the first time in the history of the McParland award that it has been presented to a supplier," said Klaus, who holds a MSc degree in control engineering from Gliwice Technical University in Poland.
He leads the center of excellence for mine hoist technology in Canada, and can point to scores of successful mine hoist revamps in Canada, the United States and Mexico since he first arrived in Canada working for Asea in 1987.
Hoists are essential to mining operations. They must be safe and reliable to carry tons of ore, people and equipment in and out of the mines, and often reaching startling depths underground.
Modern mine hoists are complex systems which require detailed knowledge of drives, control engineering and also electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Such breadth of knowledge is the basis of the North American team’s success.
In Canada, Klaus was influential in developing the hoist systems for a mine in Northern Quebec that is 2,250 meters deep （7,380 feet – the deepest shaft in Northern Hemisphere）. That is by no means the deepest in the world - the East Rand gold mine in South Africa is more than 3,500 meters deep （more than 11,000 feet）.
Klaus began his career as a foreman in a coal mine in Poland in 1968, and after two years set up an automation centre for Polish coal mines which grew to employ more than 50 qualified engineers and technicians. Later, he began developing new control systems, principally for mine hoists.
He moved to Nigeria in 1979 to teach at Kaduna Polytechnic, then joined Asea in South Africa in 1982 and established a mine hoist team. That team developed unique hoist systems that were later adopted throughout ABB.
More than 30 patents
He has developed systems for mines all over the world, and in 39 years of professional experience his R&D work has resulted in more than than 30 patents.
"Every hoist is different," he said, "and ABB’s strength is knowing how to adapt our equipment and systems to the different mechanical and electrical requirements of different hoists."
Teamwork is essential in view of extremely complex modern hoisting systems, Klaus added. "I am very proud of our mining team. Almost all of our mine hoist engineers were either hired or trained by me, and in my opinion and the opinion of our customers, it is the best team in North America."[/COLOR]