From truck scales to belt scales, automation allows operations to speed up the process and improve accuracy.
By Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Rice Lake says its Automated Ticketing Systems (ATS) with OnTrak software gets trucks in and out of the operation quicker and improves safety, accuracy, and efficiency. ATS kiosks can be operated manually or completely automated with features like RFID truck recognition, ticket printing, intercom, and keyboard. Drivers stay in their cabs, data stays accurate and secure, and trucks move smoothly through the operation.
Advanced Weighing Systems
The RTSA offered by Advanced Weighing Systems is a PC-based data-collection terminal designed to allow truck drivers to process their own scale transactions. Because the RTSA communicates real-time with a PC, transaction data is available as quickly as the transaction is processed. It is said to be easy to use, providing clear instruction to the driver. Options include RFID technology, gate control, and image capture.
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Siemens says its Milltronics BW500/L belt scale integrator features two relays capable of calculating rate, totalized weight, belt loading, and belt speed. According to the company, its patented electronic load cell-balancing feature provides unequalled accuracy and improved efficiency. It can store parameter data in a non-volatile flash memory, making measurement and control data continuously available, even if the unit loses power. The unit can be used with one or two load cell, belt scale systems.
Automation controls for crushers improve crushing performance by ensuring the crusher is operating efficiently.
FLSmidth Salt Lake City, Inc.
Raptor automated crusher controls from FLSmidth are available in five packages for all Raptor cone crusher models. The automation systems are self-contained controllers that provide full-time monitoring and automated controls. The systems include basic, automated interlock, full and custom-designed automation packages, as well as an automated remote liner calibration package.
KPI-JCI says its MILO (machine-interface-logistics-operation) is a powerful PLC control system that continuously monitors crusher operation and makes adjustments when possible, issues warnings, and will shut down the crusher, if necessary. MILO can be operated as a stand-alone control or be integrated into a plant-wide control system. The bowl position counter can be reset automatically on crushers equipped with an optional hydraulic cone brake. The “AutoZero” logic detects the currently chosen closed-side setting (CSS) and automatically rotates the bowl down until it contacts the cone. Once an increase in pressure within the hydraulic cone brake is detected, it will stop rotating, set the counter to zero, and rotate back to the previous CSS.
Plant automation can help maximize the performance and production of an operation through optimization.
Innotech Solutions, LLC
Innotech Solutions says its Real-Time Management Interface uses belt scale data to measure load and yield to optimize profit, reduce operating cost, and increase production of saleable material. The data provided enables process adjustment to be made in real-time. Results are re-measured and readjusted until optimal performance is achieved. The company says its Measurement and Reporting Systems can be interfaced with any process control or automation system and are Web accessible from any computer and many mobile devices. Performance data and usage histories are maintained for each operating mode, enhancing the accuracy of budgeting, re-forecasting, sales sourcing, and capital evaluation decisions.