In short, digitalisation is the collection of data and the ability to exploit this. Do you have to postpone digitization until you buy a new work?

No, your existing work probably contains a number of components that provide data. It’s how you use the data that produces results.

Here are 5 good reasons to get started:

1. Optimal operation

On machines, you can read motor power and measure load. Many machines also have sensors for temperature, vibration or oil pressure that can be useful to monitor in daily operation.

Say that the drive drum runs at the same revs, but the speed of the conveyor goes later than usual. Then it’s probably the drive drum that spins, and maybe the scrapes that aren’t aligned correctly or the mass that slows down the conveyor belt.

By catching this early, you can reduce wear and tear on your conveyor belt. You keep your production volume up in the short term and avoid downtime in the long term.

Fully automatic fine-crushing plant for Hellviksplitt:

The fine-crushing plant we designed and built for Hellviksplitt is fully automated. It has full transmitters in silo, rotation guard in conveyor, level and vibration guard in visibility, volume weight on conveyor and full message in crusher, etc.

2. High quality of final product

At the process level, the gains are greatest. Here, collecting data can provide you with high and consistent quality of the end products. Over the past year, we have worked on several new systems that provide far better reports on production. Then measurement systems can quickly pay off.

3. Better maintenance with trend analysis

You can install sensors that help you perform more systematic maintenance. By measuring trends, you can, among other things, detect a lack of lubrication, vibrations up to three months before a possible bearing breakdown and much more.

There are a number of sensors that can provide feedback to the maintenance manager at an early stage. This, combined with good routines and logging of work, should eliminate all unwanted stops. Here it is primarily about setting the desired level and starting the work.

Are you curious about what digital systems can do in your work?

Download the checklist below that maps the digital systems in your work.

Button to download digital quarry checklist

4. Full overview with ultrasound

Ultrasonic weighing systems are in the process of giving more of our customers a complete overview of how many tons are being produced at any given time, at all fractions. This helps you understand how to utilise the plant in the best possible way and provides an overview of the produced volume per fraction.

By monitoring masses in the plant, you can:

  • Take away the need to “measure up” stock as you have a full overview
  • Conveyors without mass can be stopped to save energy (reduce idling)
  • You can assess which shifts need better training and operator understanding
  • In case of increased return to crusher, you will be notified that crusher should be checked
  • If the mass balance between fractions changes out of sight, it may indicate holes in cloths or other leaks
  • Better control of finances with an accurate overview of production costs per fraction

5. Utilize capacity with moisture meter

In recent years, moisture meters have become accurate and better adapted to our industry. These guards help you make maximum use of capacities. If the mass becomes too moist, it can clog sieve mats, especially with masses containing 0-substance. Then the plant can be optimally trimmed based on measured humidity.

You can also take dust suppression measures based on the humidity. In this way, you can avoid that the mass becomes too wet when watering, and that it becomes too dry and dusty before you have time to start the plant.

The picture is from a film about the platform Insight that the technology company Effera has developed with Telia behind it. So far, 74 construction sites and 6900 users have started using this tool.

4 simple steps you can take today:

Have you seen a retiree try using a smartphone for the first time? The longer you wait to deploy digital tools in your operations, the further behind you’ll be hanging.

It’s going to be part of our everyday lives whether we want it or not, and those who embrace technology early on will have competitive advantages such as big cuts in maintenance costs, optimal operations and better finances.

Here are suggestions for some steps to get you started:

  • Look at recurring issues
  • Map which components exist
  • Find out what data these can give you
  • Define your needs
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