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Digital condition monitoring for conveyor belts

Third Quarter 2021 Other technologies

ABB has launched ABB Ability Condition Monitoring for belts, an advanced digital service to enable mine operators to track speed, misalignment, damage, thickness and wear, slippage and temperature of conveyor belts in real-time and therefore, anticipate maintenance, avoid unplanned downtime and improve belt reliability and lifetime. This offers a complete overview of asset condition through continuous monitoring of belt health, generating alarms and warnings in the event of deterioration. By moving from preventative to predictive maintenance, it enables operators to avoid the costly failures that can occur between physical inspections and personnel can be removed from dangerous areas.

The technology is based on sensors installed in strategic points of the conveyor belt equipment and is designed to withstand harsh environments. Ability Condition Monitoring provides easy access to informative dashboards. Fault trend analysis, event alarms, data logs and reports can be monitored for single or multiple conveyors and by remote connection, SMS and email.

“Real-time monitoring of the actual belt performance prompts the necessary corrective actions ahead of failure or further and more costly damage,” said global material handling service product manager, Eduardo Botelho. “With equipment condition continuously assessed, operators can plan necessary maintenance only when certain indicators give the signal that the equipment is deteriorating and the probability of failure is increasing. It will consistently catch misalignment or speed issues online, long before failure and pre-empt issues such as falling material, energy waste, excessive belt wear, rupture or fire.”

For more information contact Chris Brand, ABB, +44 752 391 9978, chris.g.brand@gb.abb.com, www.abb.com




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