Conveyor Watch - Company Profile
Source: Bulk solids handling
Conveyor Watch, based in Johannesburg. Republic of South Africa, specialises in the evaluation or conveyor systems. Over 400 conveyors have been investigated internationally since the inception of the service in 1983.
With new conveyor designs being pushed beyond existing operating levels, it has become imperative that the designs are verified to ensure that eac system performs as per specification.
Total System Assessment
Conveyor Watch undertakes unbiased performance assessments, independant of the user, designer and equipment suppliers. These are valuable for hand-over certification and also provide a signature or blue print for future reference should problems occur during the life span of the system.
The service is beneficial for checking existing conveyor systems where problems are being experienced or where upgrading is being contemplated. It is also useful for preventative maintenance monitoring.
With conveyor designs becoming more complex and innotive, a demand for more accurate and more detailed information has resulted in Conveyor Watch's development of a sophisticated yet compact measurement package. The instruments are easily installed on any conveyor configuration, with minimal interference to production.
The system identifies:
Maximum and minimum T2, Te and T1 belt tensions
Tension distribution for tripper/linear booster systems
Starting and stopping dynamic transients
Belt safety / service factors
Loading trends, load sharing and tonnage relationship
Drive performance including power, current, voltage, power factor and drive slip (Fig 1)
Belt tracking and splice condition.
Fig. 1: Typical capture of problematic event
Conveyor Watch has experience in all types of conveyor configurations including:
In pit overburden removal-sand stripping systems
Overlands, including systems with head to tail drives - up to 8km centres (Fig. 2)
High angle and downhill systems
High power inclined systems, with tonnages up to 15,000 t/h
Fig. 2: Typical installation of the system on a 10,000 t/h overland systems with head and tail drives
Armoured Face Chain conveyor systems
Longwall Panel and Trunk conveyors including systems with intermediate drives - up to 7km centres with solid woven belting. (Both tripper and linear configurations.)
New Monitoring System
Conveyor Watch has developed a new Monitoring System for mines wishing to do their own performance testing. The kits include:
Rugged industrial computer or opinion of using a notebook with PCMCIA interface.
User friendly Windows 95 based software.
Durable universal transducers for measuring belt speeds, drive slip, take-up tension and displacement.
Modular motor drive performance transducers.
A portable kit is available for short duration tests on numerous conveyors (Fig. 3). Alternatively, a permanent installation system can be used for monitoring critical applications such as:
Fig. 3: Portable conveyor monitoring system
Man riding conveyors
Conveyors where high speed data capture of events is required, such as splice failures.
Equipment failure analysis and preventative maintenance monitoring.
Steel Cord Belt Condition Monitoring
To complement the total system assessment, Conveyor Watch offers this additional service. To date, over 300km of steel cord belt has been scanned. Using magnetic induction techniques, this service identifies:
Location and extent of broken or damaged cords
Location and extent of rust damage
Splice condition via magnetic signature evaluation
Cover wear and life prediction.
A remote Monitoring System is available for permanent installation on critical conveyor systems.