13 December, 2017
Bradken has developed a 3D laser monitoring and reporting package that offers a huge value-add for our customers in the mineral processing sector.
Visioninsight is proof of our commitment to being more than just a seller of products, but rather a provider of solutions that make a real, positive contribution to our customers operations.
Developed by Bradken’s Mineral Processing product development team, the Visioninsight wear monitoring system provides an overview of the expected wear life of mill liners in-situ while at the same time examining them for performance and wear and identifying areas of improvement.
Basically, what we’ve developed is a system that uses a laser scanner (measuring device) that when placed inside a mill during a maintenance shutdown, scans the inside of the mill. This scan is then compared to a previous scan or the original mill drawings to determine what material has worn away.
A report is then produced which tells the customer how their castings are wearing while in use, providing them with a guide to the expected wear life of the individual liners in the mill.
The resulting performance data helps our customers predict the required reline schedule and manage their maintenance shut downs. This guide of when castings are required to be changed minimises any unnecessary downtime.
The Visioninsight technology also provides our designers with important information to help improve the liner design for these customers. Knowing how a casting wears in a particular mill environment will give us the opportunity to improve our designs to better meet that customer’s specific requirements.
Visioninsight provides single part dashboard monitoring showing all relevant information for each individual liner in a clear, concise and easy to interpret way.
This system has been developed and trialled in Australia over the past 12 months under the watchful eye of Bradken’s Mineral Processing product technology department.
Brad Drinkwater, Global Product Development Manager for the Mining Fixed Plant business said that the positive response received from our customers on these trials has led to the further development of the package with the intention now being to roll it out to our global customer base.
“We’re currently in the process of conducting training to meet the expected increase in workload that a global release will bring and are on track for a limited release later this month,” Brad said.
“If all goes to plan we’ll be able to meet our expected global requirements in December this year.”
By backing our cast products with supporting technology and services like Visioninsight, and people behind the products that work hard and really know their stuff, we are making it clear to our customers that Bradken is a customer focused business that they should want to work with!