‘Game-Chang­ing’ tech­nol­ogy

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS: TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - AMY BLOM

A PRE­DIC­TIVE con­veyor mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for the min­ing in­dus­try, which could ef­fec­tively pin­point roller fail­ure in ad­vance from an off­site con­trol cen­tre, is set to be launched early next year.

The sys­tem would rev­o­lu­tionise the mon­i­tor­ing of con­vey­ors, which was still most com­monly con­ducted by phys­i­cally walk­ing along the con­veyor, ob­serv­ing and lis­ten­ing to the sound for faults.

Aus­tralian re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion Min­ing3 de­vel­oped the con­veyor mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its mem­bers and through fund­ing by the Aus­tralian Coal As­so­ci­a­tion Re­search Pro­gram (ACARP).

On 2 Novem­ber, Min­ing3 an­nounced it had part­nered with the Ava Group to de­liver the fi­nal stages of the sys­tem to the Aus­tralian mar­ket in Q1 2019.

The tech­nol­ogy would then be rolled out across in­ter­na­tional mar­kets to­wards the se­cond half of 2019.

Min­ing3 chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Lever said the new tech­nol­ogy was an in­dus­try game changer that would ben­e­fit the global min­ing in­dus­try.

“It de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings, pro­duc­tiv­ity gains and safety by re­duc­ing the need to phys­i­cally ‘ walk the belt’ to au­di­bly de­tect faults,” Mr Lever said.

The sens­ing el­e­ment of the sys­tem was a fi­bre op­tic cable run along the length of a con­veyor struc­ture.

Iden­ti­fied acous­tic sig­nals from the fi­bre would be trans­ported back to a so­phis­ti­cated soft­ware pro­gram, de­vel­oped by Min­ing3 over three years, which would pro­vide a clear vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the state of all the bear­ings si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Main­te­nance crews could be dis­patched against a pre­de­ter­mined main­te­nance pro­gram, which would erad­i­cate the prob­lem of early or late change out of rollers.

The data col­lected could also be used to op­ti­mise main­te­nance strate­gies.

While Min­ing3 re­searched and de­vel­oped the tech­nol­ogy, the Ava Group was iden­ti­fied as a fi­nal stage tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing part­ner.

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A pre­dic­tive con­veyor mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem could re­move the need to phys­i­cally walk along con­veyor belts and lis­ten for faults.

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