Vale has been granted a patent for a robotic device designed for inspecting components of a belt conveyor. The device includes a mobile platform and a robotic arm with a vibration sensor, capable of collecting temperature, noise, and vibration data to ensure efficient maintenance. GlobalData’s report on Vale gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Vale, Extraction by leaching was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vale's grant share as of March 2024 was 73%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Robotic device for inspecting conveyor belt components

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vale SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11926481B2) discloses a robotic device designed for inspecting components of a conveyor belt. The device includes a mobile platform and a robotic arm with an articulated structure that allows the arm to contact the conveyor belt components. Additionally, the robotic device is equipped with a vibration sensor attached to the arm's end, enhancing its inspection capabilities.

Furthermore, the patent claims detail additional features of the robotic device, such as a laser scanner, measuring tip, cameras, microphone, encoders, GPS, inertial sensor, and depth cameras. These components, along with the articulated robotic arm with six rotational joints, enable comprehensive inspection of the conveyor belt components. The patent also outlines a method for inspecting the components using the robotic device, involving obtaining temperature and noise data, driving the robotic arm to contact the components, and collecting vibration data. The method includes specific steps like generating a 3D point cloud using the laser scanner and activating various components of the robotic device for efficient inspection.

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