|Conveyor belts in mining and construction operate in harsh and demanding conditions and the biggest maintenance requirement is detecting and replacing worn rollers. Damaged rollers can be a major source of belt problems and fire hazards which can result in equipment damage and significant productivity down time.
Traditionally, personnel walk the belt to visually and audibly check the health of the conveyors, but these methods tend to be laborious, time-consuming and sometimes unreliable.
Aura IQ transforms this process by using fiber optic cable and revolutionary photonic sensing technology to continually monitor and measure the health of the conveyor rollers and proactively detect any potential breakdowns or wear and tear.
“Strata Worldwide is always working on improving the efficiency of our customers’ operations and minimizing downtime,” says Mike Berube, Strata’s CEO. “We know that the traditional method for checking belts manually is time-consuming, hard work. The Aura IQ technology takes the burden off the workers and the guesswork out of maintenance.”
Aura IQ monitors, diagnoses, tracks and reports on the progressive state of wear of conveyor rollers. The data is gathered from every roller linestand on the conveyor and is processed into real time reports on the entire belt, roller-by-roller and bearing-by-bearing. The system alerts operators in operational hubs or control rooms to potential failures before they happen.
Roller wear can be the root cause of issues such as belt slippage, mis-tracking, splice strain, and motor/pulley overload conditions. Failures cause significant delays for an operation while maintenance workers seek out the location of the problem and work to repair it. With the Aura IQ system’s predictive maintenance capability, mine operators can see which sections of the belt need attention and plan downtime for repair or replacement before parts fail. Aura IQ can be used on conveyors both above and below ground.
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Research on the Aura IQ technology began in 2016, and the system became available for commercial application in late 2019. In May 2021, Strata Worldwide signed a Premium Partnership Agreement with Future Fibre Technologies to distribute the company’s FFT Aura IQ™ Conveyor Health Monitoring System globally.