Coraopolis, Pennsylvania – Conveyor belts manufacturer Fenner Dunlop Americas has launched a digital monitoring tool that gives conveyor operators real-time, remote access to their belt performance.
Birdsi, which aims to enhance Fenner Dunlop’s conveyor monitoring services, is powered by the company’s EagleEye sensing system that has been used for the monitoring of steel cord conveyors for the last several years.
The sensing system continuously captures belt health events and once connected to Birdsi, it enables operators to monitor their belts remotely, via a web application.
The application allows the user to send and view messages, as well as print the resolution needed on the belt or EagleEye system.
Operators can view current and historical belt health events, including internal and external steel cord damage, rips/tears, splice elongation, and impact as well as sensor status, and corresponding action taken for each issue.
"Conveyors often operate 24/7 and are in constant motion. If they fail, loss of production will be costly,” said Geoff Normanton, divisional VP technology at Fenner Dunlop.
The company, he said, has developed the app so its customers can identify potential issues before they create the need for larger, more time-intensive, and expensive action.