How WipWare is Turning Up the Volume and Turning Down the Costs


By: Mark Wagner

A question I've been asked a few times by clients involves using one of WipWare's newest features: Volumetrics.

WipWare's volumetrics is a feature we've received very positive feedback on so far. It has been around since the release of WipFrag 3.0 last May. It comes standard on all Solo M4 conveyor belt systems, and can really add value to the fragmentation data that our systems are so good at outputting. The volumetric data can be tracked on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis on the WipFrag 3.0 online dashboard.

How does WipWare's volumetric feature work, and how can it save you money?

WipWare uses precise belt-depth detection lasers to detect both
A) Empty belts, as with previous Solo models
B) The depth of material on the conveyor belt

When you tie the material depth information with the conveyor belt speed and your belt weightometer reading, you are able to extract the specific gravity of the material passing. Having the specific gravity information will allow you to determine whether the material passing is waste or ore-bearing material.

In preliminary tests at a limestone operation, WipWare was able to reach 94% correlation between the volumetric calculations and the belt weightometer readings.

An operation could use this information to divert waste material from entering the crushing process, saving significant amounts of money in maintenance and energy costs.

Volumetrics users have the added benefit of receiving accurate particle sizing results as well as another new feature allowing you to detect contamination, a feature that I will be describing in the next blog.

How WipWare is Turning Up the Volume and Turning Down the Costs

With size, shape, volume and contamination detection data being streamed seamlessly in real-time, WipWare's automated technologies are providing three times as much accurate data metrics than competitors.