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Condition Monitoring for Conveyors
In many manufacturing applications, a conveyor is the crux of the system. If there is an issue with the conveyor, the entire line shuts down until the problem is resolved. This results in unplanned downtime and high losses in production and revenue. Scheduled preventative maintenance can help mitigate the risk, but does not eliminate it or give forecasts into the future.
Using sensors to monitor the condition of a machine in real-time, provides insights that preventative maintenance schedules cannot cover day-to-day. With this type of condition monitoring, as soon as a parameter is out of range, an alert can be triggered. This alert can be configured such that maintenance crews can be notified well before the conveyor system would stop functioning. Maintenance can then be scheduled and performed at the most optimal time, when the conveyor is not in use.
In a long-term view, a conditioning monitoring system can also extend the overall life of the conveyor system. Not only by addressing problems before irreparable damage might occur, but also by providing data and insights at a level of detail far beyond what is possible through normal observation.
Benefits of Monitoring Your Conveyor's Condition
- Historical records can be used to create accurate maintenance forecasts and avoid unplanned downtime, saving on repair and lost revenue costs.
- Real-time alerts can send notifications before irreparable damage occurs.
- Continuous monitoring can reduce the total number of routine checks and inspections.
- Deeper operational insights can be used to extend the useful life of the equipment.
IIoT Products and Services
Using HARTING’s edge computing MICA device, combined with sensors to measure power draw and low-frequency vibrations, a scalable and cost effective solution can be implemented into conveyor systems.
This solution can monitor the slightest of damage on conveyor wheels or motor bearings, and also record changes in current consumption and motor temperature to make sure that everything is operating within nominal thresholds. The MICA edge device processes all this information in real-time at the edge, and automatically sends any measurements or alerts to your existing back-end system where the maintenance team can take action.