Performance monitoring system cuts downtime for vibratory conveyors
Key Technology said its new SmartArm system allows users to monitor asset or equipment shaker conditions at any computer workstation. The system also “measures and reports speed and stroke to provide real-time analysis of shaker function, line-flow conditions, and trends at-a-glance”, said a company statement.
With applications suitable for inclusion in processing and packaging lines, as well as handling foods and plastics – both virgin and recycled – the SmartArm has a wide range of uses.
A Key Technology spokesman told FoodProduction Daily.com: “Empowering the shift from traditional time-based preventive maintenance to condition-based predictive maintenance, SmartArm not only prevents downtime and reduces labour, it also provides the opportunity to improve process efficiencies.”
The system is available as an option on new Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors or as an upgrade for the installed base of the Iso-Flo shakers with older spring arms, the SmartArm provides an early warning for maintenance teams to take preventative action to avoid costly downtime, extend equipment life and cuts back on spare part replacements.
The firm said the system reduces the need for maintenance walk-throughs and alerts operators to make adjustment and perform maintenance when needed.
“Trending data that analyses real-time line-flow conditions, as well as shaker performance, supports process improvement decisions that can optimize equipment performance and increase production line efficiencies throughout the plant”, said the company.
The CE-marked SmartArm sensor operates in environments from -20º C to 70º C (-4º F to 156º F) and meets NEMA 4X washdown standards. The sensor measures acceleration and reports speed, stroke and every 15 minutes, wirelessly transmitting this data to the compact base station nearby.
Based on the reduction of planned and unplanned downtime, maintenance labour and improvements in production line efficiencies, the system typically achieves a payback in less than one year, said Key.
“With SmartArm, Key is providing a tool that allows processors to take maintenance to a new level with predictive modeling,” noted Teri Johnson,Marketing Manager at Key Technology.