Voith Dtect provides real-time data and status of driveline couplings in mining

Voith recently introduced Dtect, its intelligent monitoring system that provides real-time data of driveline performance and coupling status. Based on this, the operator can take actions to prevent potential problems and avoid unplanned downtime.

By supporting better decision making, Dtect helps to increase productivity as well as significantly lower production and maintenance costs. Dtect enables comprehensive monitoring of a driveline’s torque limiting couplings.

It was specifically designed to work with couplings, such as Voith’s SmartSet, which serve to prevent machine damage in high value rotating equipment. It is also possible to upgrade existing couplings with the intelligent system. These types of couplings are used in mining in applications as diverse as tunnel boring machines, mills, crushers, conveyors and excavators.

Through continuous measurement of the slip angle, Dtect accurately identifies and monitors coupling slippage caused by high torque peaks in a driveline. This allows operators to take action if necessary, for example by adjusting the load of the driveline or by performing a controlled shutdown. The results include increased uptime, reduced maintenance and lower spare parts cost.

Dtect continuously collects driveline performance data that can be analyzed to ensure maximum productivity.

It uses an updated quadruple sensor setup that increases the sensing range without affecting the resolution of the measurement. By analyzing the slip behavior of the coupling, the operator can evaluate if the system is running at full capacity and if not, adjust the parameters accordingly. If necessary, proactive coupling maintenance can be performed to avoid costly downtime.

Dtect now makes it possible to monitor multiple couplings at the same time. It assesses each coupling individually and communicates the different parameters via a common interface. In this way, Dtect allows for simultaneous monitoring of all connected drivelines. Operators benefit from comprehensive real-time status information provided by one central system.

Equipped with Modbus TCP/IP communications, Dtect is easily integrated into established process information networks. Given its high flexibility, the system can be adopted with ease to other communication standards to meet a wide range of requirements.

Dtect can be fitted with an integrated HMI touch panel. It offers highest usability, better control and status information at a glance. With visual warning indicators, the system assists operators in making decisions and taking the necessary actions in any given situation.

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