AIMEX Preview: Conveyor monitoring

Industrial OEM, Vayeron, will debut is new centrepiece ‘Smart-Idler’ product at the 2015 Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX).

The Smart Idler is targeted at primary end-users in iron ore operations, coal operations, mineral post facilities, large non-ferrous miners and high volume industrial operations.

As a wireless, low-cost, energy efficient, consumable monitoring sensor device for utilisation in conveyor rollers/idlers, the Smart-Idler is able to prevent roller failure by sensing key signals such as acoustics, vibration and temperature.

This product then wirelessly transmits the sensed data 'back-to-base' for roller condition reporting so that intelligent, pre-emptive, rather than reactive, maintenance decisions can be made.

Conveyor downtime is widely attributed to conveyor roller failure at mines/ports and processing plants. The down-time arises either as a direct result of damage to the conveyor belt caused by unexpected catastrophic idler failure, or from pre-empting the damage that a detected failing roller can cause, with either case requiring unplanned shutdown. 

With conveyor downtime widely attributed to conveyor roller failure in mines, ports and processing plants, which is down-time resulting from direct damage to a conveyor belt caused by unexpected catastrophic idler failure or pre-empting the damage that a detected failing roller can cause, the Smart-Idler offers the necessary solution.

By providing accurate information on age and aggregate rotation of idlers from installation, which allow for better replacement planning and substantial cost benefits, as well as improved OH&S outcomes by automating the idler condition function, which are currently manual. 

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