Tech­nol­ogy that works

The Australian Mining Review - - METS AT THE MINE SITE -

DE­VEL­OPED by Schenck Process, the global ex­perts in vi­brat­ing equip­ment, CONiQ is the con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing so­lu­tion specif­i­cally de­signed for vi­brat­ing ma­chines and is based on the lat­est sen­sor tech­nol­ogy and an­a­lyt­i­cal soft­ware.

Ef­fec­tive con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing makes it pos­si­ble to de­tect po­ten­tial fu­ture faults long be­fore they hap­pen and al­lows the site to un­der­take main­te­nance in­ter­ven­tions at pre­cisely the right mo­ment.

Schenck Process Aus­tralia, with the as­sis­tance of its ded­i­cated per­son­nel and cus­tomer col­lab­o­ra­tions, is suc­cess­fully re­plac­ing for­mer tech­nol­ogy with the CONiQ .

Cus­tomer site tri­als have been the key to the CONiQ suc­cess story, al­low­ing it to col­lect valu­able data first hand and make real-time mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Schenck Process Aus­tralia’s very first site trial be­gan on the 10 April 2015 for a ma­jor iron ore mine site in the WA Pil­bara.

The CONiQ was in­stalled on a prod­uct screen and feeder and crusher feeder.

The sup­port Schenck Process re­ceived from its cus­tomer for the new un­con­firmed mon­i­tor­ing prod­uct was im­mense.

Through knowl­edge gained, CONiQ un­der­went fur­ther soft­ware up­grades at the trial site.

CONiQ is now in­stalled and run­ning with­out any known issues on 26 ma­chines con­sist­ing of 8 prod­uct screens, 8 prod­uct feed­ers, 6 scalpers and 4 crusher feed­ers.

CONiQ was also in­stalled at New­mont’s Bod­ding­ton gold pro­ject, and is per­form­ing well.

On both sites the CONiQ has de­tected many early ex­citer fail­ures, al­low­ing enough time to plan for re­place­ment and avoid­ing the ur­gency of un­planned fail­ures.

Within a short pe­riod of in­stal­la­tion, CONiQ picked up many speed anom­alies with two EPS faults and one ex­citer fail­ure.

Nor­mally th­ese issues would go un­de­tected with­out in­tel­li­gent con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems and un­planned fail­ures would oc­cur.

“New­mont Bod­ding­ton Gold (NBG) has in­stalled Schenck Process CONiQ vi­bra­tion mon­i­tor­ing to 15 of our Schenck Process ba­nana screens mod­els SLO3680W and SLO3673D,” New­mont Bod­ding­ton me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Steve Bar­nett said.

The first unit was com­mis­sioned into op­er­a­tion in early 2016 and is still in ser­vice.

“The CONiQ hard­ware is ro­bust, which per­forms in the harsh min­ing duty and high cy­cle fa­tigue ap­pli­ca­tion,” Mr Bar­nett said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the de­sign lay­out of the ca­bles and con­duit per­forms ex­cep­tion­ally well com­pared to pre­vi­ous designs.

“The sys­tem has de­tected var­i­ous faults in­clud­ing ex­citer bear­ing de­fects, in­ter­me­di­ate shaft coupling dam­age, worn drive belts and in­cor­rectly sized pul­leys.

“In­for­ma­tion is mon­i­tored us­ing a Profibus in­ter­face to plant con­trol sys­tem, which New­mont en­gi­neers use to as­sist with pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance tasks and to avoid un­planned out­ages.”

Tes­ti­mo­ni­als from cus­tomers al­lows Schenck Process to ful­fil its global cor­po­rate value of “in­spir­ing its cus­tomers” by do­ing all it can to op­ti­mise pro­cesses, re­sults, sup­port where cus­tomers need it most, and as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for their en­tire life cy­cle of prod­ucts.

Schenck vi­brat­ing ma­chine mon­i­tors have been in­stalled at world-class mine sites around Aus­tralia.

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