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Weir Minerals digitises wear monitoring

Weir Minerals Engineer Configuring Synertrex IntelliWear Panel

Weir Minerals is launching Synertrex IntelliWear, a new digital wear monitoring system for spools and hoses in slurry pipelines.

Developed by the global market leader in premium technology and mining solutions in Chile, the intelligent system addresses the increasing demand for optimisation and safety within the mining industry.

With the continual move towards digital solutions, Weir Minerals recognised the need to support customers with their ongoing maintenance and developed a solution that enables mine sites to monitor the condition and wear performance of their hoses and spools via a network of smart sensors connected to their digital control system (DCS).

“Synertrex IntelliWear monitoring system enables our customer to have much more control over their equipment,” Synertrex and Mechatronics Champion Latin America Eduardo Putz said.

“With smart sensors, they are able to analyse wear life, plan maintenance and control stock. The ability to prevent non-scheduled maintenance further supports our customers in their sustainability goals.

“The Synertrex IntelliWear system has been developed and rigorously tested in a range of slurry conditions and mill circuit arrangements. We are confident our platform will deliver a significant positive impact on our customers’ operations.”

Synertrex IntelliWear allows pipeline operators to check their equipment in the critical wear areas and perform predictive maintenance prior to any unplanned disruptions and downtime.

With planned repair and replacement of equipment, the benefits to customers are invaluable.

Unscheduled stops are reduced – leading to reduced costs of operation and maintenance, as well as increased on-site safety as spools and hoses are replaced prior to failure, thus removing the risk of slurry leakage which can cause injury to workers on site and the environment.

The system is comprised of an intelligent digital sensor integrated into Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Vulco hoses and spools.

A central control panel captures information in a single location, and a dashboard allows for visualisation and analysis of the equipment data via the Synertrex digital platform.

Digitalisation enables customers to continue their normal operational duties, while large amounts of data are automatically analysed and interpreted in the background via the Synertrex platform.

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