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indurad is a leader in making mining and dry bulk handling or processing easier and more cost effective. Based on our radar technology we offer various solutions and also sensors with OEM interfaces such as ROS2.

Tar & Oil Sands

In Canadian oil sands operations iBelt measures the material throughput at several critical points: Flow from bin to crusher, alarms for overflow, blockage, empty. Flow into mixboxes, thus reducing massively the amount of steam needed. Filling of intermediate hoppers. On continuous miners: material disposed into trucks / performance of mining machines and contractors.

Pulp & Paper

Measuring pulp and paper products with radar is a challenge. Due to indurad’s 77 GHz radar technology, our radar sensors are capable of measuring most wood products while e.g. dry cellulose is almost invisible to radar. Typical applications are: Canadian customers: To measure the volume flow of woodchips (inbound and outbound) for exact inventory information. European renewable power plant: Volumetric measurement data as a precondition for EU corporate sponsorship. Company delivers proof of compliance with EU legislation in the form of consumed material volume for eventual energy production.

Potash & Fertilizers

Potash, salt and fertilizer mines and ports use iBelt for different purposes: Optimization of conveyor belt usage in mining operations, e.g. opening, closing of chutes, bunkers. Volumetric measurement for underground silos and domes – knowing how much material has been fed into the storage. Measuring volume loaded into barges and vessels. Productivity measurement of mining machines (roadheaders, rotorminers, K-Miners, …).

Concrete & Cement

iBelt is the base for A-Frame reclaimer automation in cement plants as it measures the volume flow of reclaimed material directly on conveyor belt. Thus the PLC can control cutting depth of the reclaiming wheel and long travel speed of the machine and boom, increasing machine throughput (by about 20%) and reducing overloading of the conveyor as well as chute blockage.

Especially in cement plants, processes are better controlled by volume than tonnage, with the A-Frame reclaimers is being just one example of this.

Copper & Polymetallic

Chile’s largest copper mines use iBelt in several applications:

On tripper cars to control the speed of the tripper car for a homogeneous material discharging process into the stockpiles. Full automatization of tripper car – improved safety for workers.

Control of process chain after primary crushing: storage in silos/domes/stockpiles, feeding to mills, disposal to leach pads (stacker control).

On bucket wheel excavators for cutting depth automation and traversing travel optimization.

The volume, speed, misalignment data and freeboard measurements are provided in real time to the PLC, SCADA and MES systems for various purposes. Usually several departments benefit from the data (e.g. operations, maintenance, management). iBelt usually has a very short payback time, in most cases within months.

Especially in the copper industry, controlling processes by volume is better than controlling by tonnage as all process steps are based on volume (crusher feed, belt capacity, silos/domes/stockpiles, mills).

Lignite Coal Industry

Some of the first iBelts have been installed and tested in lignite / brown coal in Germany. Both in Eastern and Western Germany. With iBelt, customers measure their volume flow and material speed independent of weather conditions. Steam coming from warm coal in cold weather does not affect the measurement quality. Lignite coal mines usually operate an extensive conveyor belt network – energy consumption and belt wear are significant operational cost factors. iBelt helps to control belt speed, load distribution and thus reduces costs massively. At mix-boxes, iBelt measures the incoming coal volume and enables automatic blending to the preset quality level. Data from iBelt also improves the control logic of hopper cars and bucket wheel excavators.

Hard Coal

Typical reasons for using iBelt are production accounting, underground coal logistics, machine / chute control and misalignment measurement. The measured data is provided in real time to the PLC, SCADA and MES systems for different purposes. Usually several departments benefit from the data (e.g. operations, maintenance, management). iBelt usually has a very short payback time, due to improved overall efficiency (machines, beltload), reduced energy consumption and belt wear, material flow, visualization and reporting. In most cases it pays back within three to twelve months – depending on regional context and local maintenance costs for belt scales. iBelt is available in ATEX Zone 21 22 and ATEX M1 M2 housings, Class II, Div 1 and Div 2 as well as Class I, Div 2. Other enclosures upon request.

Bucket Wheel

iBelt installed right after the bucket wheel allows to measure volume flow and feed this back into the control loop for optimization of cutting depth and slew (reclaimers) as well as long travel (excavators) speed. Improvement potential is huge, customers report between 10% and 20% productivity increase and about 30% reduction of under- or overloading events on their belts.

Reversing Conveyor

On reversing conveyors, iBelt measures the flow into the activated direction. Also iBelt detects when the conveyor runs and into which direction.