Mining was one of the first established industries in the world. Despite so many years of development, there is always a need to develop new technologies for common problems. Thermography immediately entered the condition monitoring, due to the criticality of the facilities equipment and machines. However, certain processes began to use thermographic monitoring successfully for optimization, such as electrolysis. Similarly, fire prevention at the mine greatly benefited from the early warnings delivered by fixed cameras, also highlighting the gas detection performed by OGI cameras.
A critical process in mining refineries is electrolysis. The most common problem here is short circuits, which are imperceptible to the eye while the process is carried out, but when the anode or cathode is removed, it can be perceived that it contains many impurities. The short circuit produces a considerable amount of heat, which is easily perceived by a thermal imaging camera.
The bcbElectrolyticIR is a system based on FLIR thermal imaging cameras with the purpose of detecting short circuits produced in the entire electrolytic bath area. With artificial vision tools and instrumentation engineering, it is possible to equip the plant with an efficient short location system and improve the action plan in the event of these events.
Fortunately for the mining sector, there is already an inspection technology that does not require stopping the conveyor to inspect it:high-speed thermography. The FLIR cooled cameras integrated into the bcbMonitor 4.0 software enable a complete sweep on both sides of the conveyor and generate a highly reliable damage report from this.
Today’s most advanced gas detection technology is found in OGI (Optical Gas Imaging) cameras. FLIR Teledyne has today the most reliable infrared devices for this purpose and software tools such as bcbGasScan help automate leak detection, providing functions such as triggering alerts by plant zones, quantifying emissions and communicating with others. devices of the risk prevention system in the plant.
Thermography has always been part of the predictive maintenance strategies applied in mines, however, there are equipment and machines that require continuous monitoring.
The bcbMonitor 4.0 system works in conjunction with FLIR Teledyne cameras such as the Ax8, A70 / A50 and Axxx series. This results in an effective method of monitoring failures or trends that point towards one of them. The information of each of the cameras in the plant can be consulted in real time, as well as the statistics and an alarm system can be established in the event of any situation that requires immediate attention from the personnel.
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