New Technology for 24/7 Rip Detection
In addition to identifying and tracking cord damage in steel-reinforced conveyor belts, Conti MultiProtect incorporates new technology to reliably monitor and identify longitudinal rips. Utilizing patent-pending designs for both the rip inserts and the continuous sensor arrays, Conti MultiProtect rapidly detects rips and is programmed to stop the belt to minimize damage. It also provides an easy-to-understand graphical interface that can be displayed on any computer connected to the plant’s network to help the operator identify the exact location of any cord damage or rip.
Real time monitoring
Others may require you to schedule a costly shutdown to install and remove equipment – then they require more time to process and interpret their findings. Conti MultiProtect is a permanently mounted, continuous scanning system, meaning you always have up-to-the-minute information about steel cord integrity without having to halt operations.
Standard waveform analysis is unintuitive and requires a specialist to interpret. Conti MultiProtect image output, on the other hand, uses an easy-to-understand graphic interface that allows operators to immediately recognize events with conveyor belts. Potential problems are shown as "hot spots" on the belt, the "hotter" the image (raising into the red end of the color spectrum) the more immediate the service need; the "cooler" the image (dipping into the blue end of the color spectrum) the more minor the event.
All new rip insert design
This product utilizes patent-pending metal rip inserts, which are incorporated into the pulley cover of the conveyor belt. When magnetized by a permanent magnet, the insert exhibits unique and measurable magnetic characteristics. If a belt begins to rip, the insert will also be damaged which changes its magnetic characteristics. This change is then detected by one of our sensor arrays. Patented RFID technologies are utilized in every rip insert. The RFID chip uniquely identifies each rip insert in the event they are damaged. Additionally, this technology permits Conti MultiProtect to correlate its rip insert map with the physical conveyor belt and reduce nuisance alarms.
Patent-pending sensor arrays
The key monitoring components of Conti MultiProtect are the patent-pending continuous arrays, which are designed to identify any rip events occurring across the full width of the belt. These arrays are permanently installed in both the loading and discharge areas of the conveyor system, where rip damage is most likely to start. In the loading area, a profiled array is used to detect rips where the conveyor belt is troughed. A flat array is used on the return side of the belt right after the head pulley to monitor for rips starting in the discharge area.
The Conti MultiProtect control unit can be accessed via an Ethernet connection to a computer or to a plant’s operations network. The web-based platform of Conti MultiProtect is very easy to understand, with the location and identification number of each rip insert clearly displayed. By clicking on the image of any rip insert, additional details on its condition will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. When an insert is damaged, the image changes to reflect the location across the width of the belt and the extent of the rip. Then the Conti MultiProtect control unit immediately sends a signal, which can be programmed to stop the belt operation.
What does this mean for you?
Peace of mind. Knowing the advanced technology of Conti MultiProtect is monitoring your conveyor belts for both steel cord damage and longitudinal rips will put you at ease. With the capability to stop your conveyor if significant cord damage or a rip event occurs, Conti MultiProtect helps to minimize expensive belt damage, lost production and downtime resulting in improved performance.
How Conti MultiProtect Works
- 1. As the belt moves, a flat permanent magnet magnetizes the rip insert, which then displays unique magnetic characteristics.
- 2. The patent-pending sensor arrays measure the magnetic properties of each of the rip inserts and records them along with the RFID information, which is identified as a function of belt position, to create a rip insert location map.
- 3. In the event of a longitudinal rip, the system identifies the change in the magnetic characteristics of the damaged rip insert in real time. Once Conti MultiProtect detects rip insert damage, an alarm is generated that trips a relay to stop the conveyor belt to minimize rip damage.