Prediction + Data = Less Downtime and More Production
It provides the capability to inform you, outside of the mill, how the liners are wearing. This is accomplished via a flashing LED light which is designed to flash for approximately 48 hours.
The iBolt is a bolt with built in intelligence that that can be customized to the specifications of your mill and liners. The iBolts are positioned in high wear areas and designed in accordance with your wear prediction requirements.
The iBolts can even be configured according to the end user needs. As an example, the trigger points can be set to activate at: 50% wear (green light) and 65% wear (orange light) and then 80% wear (red light).
As experienced reline experts, we anticipate that the primary utilization of the iBolt will be to confirm the liner wear prediction that the maintenance team currently has in place. As the iBolt is intended for placement in high-wear spots, this can be accomplished with the installation of only a few strategically placed bolts in a mill.
Installation of the iBolt is relatively straightforward, in most cases it is “business as usual” during the reline process.
Other potential uses could be the integration of a sensor to receive the light signal. The information, once captured, could then be utilized in a number of possible ways. For example, an alert could be sent to a smartphone informing one that the 50% wear-point has been triggered on a mill. Or, depending on the bolt configuration and how many iBolts are utilized, the information could be of use in measuring the live wear rate as it happens. This data could then be crossed referenced with tonnage, mill speed and so on.
The iBolt is an “eye in the mill,” arming you with the insight and information you need to more efficiently manage milling operations.