FOSA Case Studies & Papers
Fiber optic sensing examples and technical papers.
Conveyor belt failure typically results in process line downtime, which equates to loss of production, loss of products, and ultimately loss of profits. Currently, many companies have a shift operator or superintendent that is in charge of ‘walking the belts’ and actually walk along or drive alongside every conveyor belt in the plant, audibly listening for faults along the unpowered idlers that support the belt. There is now a smarter, more efficient and reliable method to monitor conveyor health and prevent costly downtime.
The Praetorian™ Fiber Optic Sensing System, developed by Hawk Measurement Systems, has the ability to immediately detect which idlers have failed or will soon fail, identifies the exact location of each idler, and reports it to the control system or operator. Not only does this real-time smart solution detect which idlers have failed, but it also prevents a failure from ever happening in the first place. The Praetorian™ reports when an idler is going to potentially fail (in some cases, up to 20 days in advance) so it can then be replaced, drastically minimizing or completely eliminating downtime. This kind of preventative maintenance saves thousands. It provides the convenience to predict and schedule a plant shutdown instead of having an unexpected shutdown, where the need to hire a contractor on emergency services is extremely costly. In order to keep equipment running smoothly and production operational, the need to monitor conveyor health with a reliable and intelligent technology is imperative.