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Operational Data Monitoring: Where there's shredding, there's more than just scrap metal

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co.KG has equipped a recycling shredder plant with the optiMEAS smartPRO for continuous monitoring. Data on temperature, power and speed enable analysis and optimisation of the plant.

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co.KG is a specialist for drive technology and one of four divisions of the globally active technology group Voith. One of Voith's core products are hydrodynamic couplings, which go back to a patent by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Föttinger from 1905. Voith uses them to provide drive solutions for various applications such as belt conveyors, AFC face chain conveyors for underground coal mining, marine drives or crushing machines.

The Ecore industrial shredder plant for recycling in Aubange, Belgium, was equipped with a measurement system from optiMEAS equipped.

The measurement technology used by optiMEAS is used to diagnose and prevent plant-specific faults and to increase quality. This reduces downtimes, cuts costs and optimises maintenance. LTE, at least 8 analogue inputs, CAN connectivity and cloud connection were the criteria for the selection of the device.

Diagnosis and prevention of plant-specific faults

Drives in recycling plants are exposed to a variety of loads, such as overload, vibrations and torque shocks. Voith drive components dampen torque shocks and vibration amplitudes and provide protection against overload. In addition, Voith is also available to its customers for calculations and evaluations of plants and components.

The following data are transmitted in Aubange with the optiMEAS smartPRO currently recorded and evaluated: Working circuit temperature, outside temperature and oil return temperature of the coupling to determine correlations, as well as power and speed of the system. In the long term, it is also planned to collect data on vibrations and other temperature sensors on the engine and gearbox stage.

On the way to predictive maintenance

Voith already performs oil ageing calculations and uses them to calculate maintenance cycles. The more values that are recorded and combined, the more comprehensively predictive maintenance can be implemented.

Voith is enthusiastic about the successful use of the optiMEAS smartPROThe device optimally meets all requirements and is also small and handy," says Fabian Korb, Product Manager Service for Voith Turbo. The smartPRO convinced through multifunctionality and simplicity, as well as price-performance and support. Therefore, further joint projects are planned. The next project is to simplify and optimise the maintenance of a cardan shaft through data recording.

optiMEAS smart devices stand for safety, reliability and durability

The flexible platform structure of the Smart products as a modular system with app concept makes tailoring to the respective application not only possible, but also conceivably simple and reliable.

The optiMEAS Smart systems are based on their own Linux distribution and are characterised by security and robustness. This is ensured by permanent monitoring of the operating system (by watchdog and power controller) and regular over-the-air system updates. Thanks to the ring memory on the SD card, no data is lost even without a mobile phone connection. And even in the event of a power failure, every measured value is securely stored via a special streaming file format. The integrated real-time extension records every data value with a precise time stamp.