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Fortescue Metals Group stockyard conveyor in Pilbara, Western Australia

Mining News - Published on Fri, 31 Aug 2018

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Australian Mining reported that an early belt rip was identified by ‘smart data’ monitoring systems on a major Fortescue Metals Group iron ore stockyard conveyor in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The early detection led to an automatic shutdown of the conveyor, stopping it from causing further, significant damage. The yard belt is vital to Fortescue’s Anderson Point operation as it carries ore from the stockyards to the ships at Herb Elliot Port.

Mr Chris Ams, conveyor superintendent of Fortescue’s Anderson Point, Port Hedland, said that this is a reward for keeping up to date with latest technology. “Fourteen stockyard belts we operate at Anderson Point are fitted with these latest ‘smart data’ condition monitoring systems. This enables us to reduce unplanned maintenance due to belt ripping or significant belt carcass damage.”

The belt uses Continental’s automated 24/7 monitoring, CONTI MultiProtect. It analyses the magnetic characteristics of the conveyor belt and creates an alarm when it detects cord damage, deviations in the splice and a longitudinal rip.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 31 Aug 2018
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