Conveyors are valuable assets that operate in tough environments, operate at low speeds, contain rolling element bearings and gearboxes, and have the potential for failure that cannot be predicted by traditional vibration. As an arterial system in your process, your bulk conveyors are the lifeblood of mine productivity, any disruption in their service has the potential to bring your process rolling to a stop. Mines with long, overland conveyors are especially susceptible to long periods of unplanned downtime when conveyor components fail. Determining failure mode can be time consuming and obtaining replacement parts can take days for miners in remote locations. Along with regular cleaning and inspections, your staff may perform periodic data collection on conveyor pulleys and gears. However, this practice frequently places them in harm’s way – capturing data that may not expose emerging machinery faults.
Emerson Process Management’s CSI Technologies, supplied by Spartan, can provide vibration and stress wave analysis utilizing PeakVue on conveyors where standard vibration is of little value due to high background noise and slow speed. Additionally, embedded temperature sensors allow users to track material build up on bearing houses. Using the CIS 6500 condition-based monitoring system, your staff can continuously monitor critical drives, gearboxes, and pulleys from the safety of a centralized operations centre. The CSI6500 exposes elevating machinery stress with a patented signal processing approach and surfaces real problems to your staff for corrective action.
For a safe and cost-effective data collection approach on semi-critical components the CSI 9420 wireless vibration transmitter supplies regular readings on equipment condition. Your maintenance staff can gain a view of emerging problem areas with information from both your online and wireless monitoring systems using a common software interface in the AMS Machinery Manager Software.