Transco Industries has implemented Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its conveyor belt applications to enable safer monitoring of mining operations.
Transco’s LoRa-enabled sensors have been developed to fit into existing mining infrastructure including conveyor belts.
By connecting to private networks based on the LoRaWAN protocol, the sensors allow the continued relay of real-time data in a mine’s extreme conditions.
Transco Industries president and CEO Jeff Brown said: “Semtech’s LoRa Technology enables miners to remotely monitor conveyor belts, therefore reducing maintenance costs and helping to prevent belt failure.
“Previously, mine operations had to contract specialists to monitor factors like belt idler temperature and typically, this could cost hundreds of dollars per hour.”
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A conveyor belt is equipped with an end-to-end solution that comprises several sensors embedded in the belt itself to measure stress and prevent potential ripping.
LoRa-enabled sensors transmit a signal to the belt control in case of a belt rip, closing the belt immediately to halt the dangerous rip from worsening.
This helps mine operators to inspect the damage and decide methods to repair the system.
Transco’s LoRa-based conveyer belt application is used in collaboration with Polysense Technologies, which offers enterprise IoT solutions for fibre and wireless sensing.
Semtech IoT, Wireless and Sensing Products director Vivek Mohan said: “Semtech’s LoRa Technology creates industrial IoT solutions that are highly scalable by number of sensors and gateways to cover even the largest work site or mine.
“LoRa Technology’s easy to deploy, flexible capabilities allow mine managers to leverage real-time data to predict maintenance and increase operating efficiency.”