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Photoanalysis System Calibration

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When is the best time to take pictures of outdoor material?

What is WipWare’s warranty policy?

How can I see the data?


What benefits does WipWare offer?

What’s the best way to take photographs for fragmentation analysis?

What system is best suited for my application?


How often does WipWare release updates?

Technical Question & Answer Series by fragmentation analysis manufacturer WipWare

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New Training Seminar brochure online!


A brand new 8-page brochure outlining the Annual WipWare Training Seminar has just been published on the WipWare website.

The full-colour brochure describes what to expect at the seminar, focused for 2015 on Big Data. Learn how to apply particle size analysis data to improve your blast fragmentation, optimize your SAG/AG feed, and reduce maintenance or energy costs under the guidance of Jack Eloranta of Eloranta and Associates. Jack’s extensive experience with blasting and fragmentation data can help make the difference for your operation.

Of prime interest to metallurgists, mine managers, mill superintendents and quarry operators, this year’s seminar shows how to connect the particle size information dots to realize huge benefits in terms of throughput tonnages or cost savings. Mark September 15-17 on your calendar and get more info or register here.

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WipWare congratulates ICAMP on funding announcement

WipWare is proud to play a continuing role in a North Bay innovation centre that just received almost $872,000 in federal funding for an expansion project.

Canadore College will use the FedNor funding announced today to grow its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) and hire a project and outreach manager to support new and existing businesses. The funding will also be used to purchase and install state-of-the-art equipment such as a 3D metal printer, design simulation software and advanced productivity tools.

“In today’s rapidly changing and competitive world getting a product to market quickly is essential for success,” WipWare President Tom Palangio said at the announcement. “Being able to create a working prototype literally ‘overnight’ gives us the edge to compete and win in international markets.”

The Centre, which opened its first phase in September 2013, is a unique partnership arrangement focused on business development and expansion that allows companies to conceptualize, design, prototype and improve or test new products for the commercial marketplace.

“We are pleased that our government recognizes the critical role that entrepreneurs and manufacturers play in northern Ontario,” said George Burton, Canadore College President and CEO. “Innovation is key to ensuring that all sectors contribute to our region’s economic well-being by stimulating business growth and Canadore is proud to play a supporting role in this advancement. “

Since opening in 2013, more than 100 companies have shown an interest in using ICAMP to develop or refine new products and processes and more than 150 projects have been completed in this time frame. The Centre has also helped industry retain 16 jobs and create an additional 57 in the region’s economy.

M4 Photoanalysis System Unveiled!

The wraps came off a revolutionary new particle size analysis system today at one of North America’s biggest mining events.

The Future of Fragmentation was revealed as the new WipWare M4 Photoanalysis System was unveiled at the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention in Montreal, where we’re exhibiting from May 10 to 13. If you’re in Montreal this week, drop by booth #305 for a demonstration.

Significantly smaller and lighter than previous generations of automated fragmentation analysis systems, M4 is also more versatile. Capable of monitoring bulk material on either conveyor belts or moving vehicles, M4 replaces our portable conveyor belt solution, Solo, and Reflex, our moving vehicle solution. M4 can be controlled and results accessed via a central workstation or from any location on Windows, iOS or Android tablets.

The M4 contains an integrated camera, lighting, sensors and CPU using superior edge detection parameters to detect bulk material, collect image samples, and provide accurate, continuous, non-disruptive particle sizing results. This production data can be used for quality control, compliance and automation.

Because M4 is capable of detecting relative changes or contamination in your process it can reduce energy and maintenance costs, enhance personnel safety and improve throughput and quality control.

Benefits include: blast optimization; SAG/AG mill optimization; pre/post crusher evaluation; quality control on load-out conveyors; oversize detection on run-of-mine material; and temporary runs of material in quarry operations. M4 is also featured in a review of emerging Canadian Technology in the April issue of International Mining magazine.

The Future of Fragmentation to be unveiled at CIM 2015


WipWare is headed to Montreal this weekend for the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention for a major new product launch.

We’ll be demonstrating the Future of Fragmentation in Booth #305 from May 10-13, so stop by for a look if you’re in the neighborhood.

Watch this space next week for more news about this exciting development!

WipWare in Europe


The WipWare sales team had a busy time last month with two European trade shows.

Response was hot at both the International Mining Congress and Exhibition (IMCET) 2015 in Antalya, Turkey, and the European Federation of Explosives Engineers (EFEE) 8th Annual World Conference in Lyon, France.

WipWare teamed up with value added resellers Elite AS. (Turkey) and Syscom BV (Netherlands) to man the booths generating contacts and interest in particle size analysis technology.


This month WipWare is at the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention in Montreal from May 10-13 where we will be unveiling a significant new particle sizing solution.

WipWare in Turkey


WipWare is in Turkey this week meeting clients and exhibiting at the International Mining Congress and Exhibition (IMCET) 2015 in Antalya, Turkey.

If you happen to be attending IMCET drop by Booth #20 and say hello to Thomas Palangio, WipWare’s Technical Officer, and our value added reseller Elite AS.

Later this month WipWare will be at the European Federation of Explosives Engineers (EFEE) 8th Annual World Conference in Lyon, France, from April 26 to 28. Join us along with our value added reseller Syscom BV in Booth # 34 for a demonstration of our leading fragmentation analysis technology.

Kudo to Detour


WipWare congratulates particle-size analysis user Detour Gold on doubling their year over year production. Detour’s recently-announced 2014 output of 456,634 ounces, almost doubling 2013’s 232,287 ounces, represents an impressive 97% increase in annual production.

2015 production is forecast to be between 475,000 and 525,000 ounces at a cost between $1,050 and $1,150 without factoring in a number of ongoing optimization efforts which could yield additional improvements. See more here and here.

Busy trade show season ahead for WipWare


WipWare Inc. is kicking off our 2015 trade show circuit next week with the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Conference in New Orleans, February 1 to 4, 2015.

Company President Tom Palangio is looking forward to meeting old and new friends and clients at the ISEE or any of our other trade show appearances. To schedule a meeting please contact Tom through our website here.

Later next month WipWare will be in Denver, for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo & Colorado Mining Association (CMA) 117th National Western Mining Conference from February 15 to 18, and at the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) Conference & Annual General Meeting in Toronto, from February 25 to 27.

WipWare representatives are also attending the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in Toronto from March 1 to 4. In April we will be exhibiting in Booth # B20 at the International Mining Congress and Exhibition (IMCET) 2015 in Antalya, Turkey, from April 14 to 17, with our value added reseller Elite AS, and later that month with value added reseller Syscom BV in Booth # 34 at the European Federation of Explosives Engineers (EFEE) 8th Annual World Conference in Lyon, France, from April 26 to 28.

Later this year we are introducing some exciting new innovations at the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention in Montreal from May 10 to 13, where we will be exhibiting from Booth # 305.

Pit-to-Plant a hit!


Participants jetted in recently from seven countries across four continents to join Canadian attendees for WipWare’s most successful training seminar ever.

The sold-out 5th Annual WipWare Training Seminar at the Canadian Ecology Centre in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, near North Bay, Ontario, from September 16-19, drew positive reviews from attendees from Australia, South Africa, Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Chile and the US.

This year’s Pit-to-Plant theme featured prominent speakers highlighting the importance of fragmentation data on both the blasting and processing end of operations in addition to WipWare technical staff outlining software features and automated system maintenance. Guest speakers covered a range of topics starting with an in-depth look at various blasting parameters and some exceptions to the Kuz-Ram model by the renowned Dr. Calvin J. Konya, President of Precision Blasting Services and Director of the Academy for Blasting and Explosives Technology.

Dr. Adrian Dance, principal metallurgy consultant at SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. and a leading authority on Mine-to-Mill optimization outlined the justification for increasing drill and blast costs to achieve better fragmentation in terms of cost savings downstream in the milling operations.

Francois Robichaud, metallurgical superintendent at Agnico-Eagle described his experiences using image-based bulk material particle-size-analyzers to evaluate crusher performance and monitor SAG mill feed leading to optimized particle sizes entering their SAG mill resulting in higher throughput and reduced energy costs.

Seminar participants also received hands-on training with WipWare’s WipFrag and Delta software packages, and instruction on installation, use and maintenance of the company’s Momentum, Reflex and Solo automated systems.


Seminar sold out!


International training course features three guest speakers

WipWare’s sold-out 5th Annual WipWare Training Seminar is looking to be the firm’s best ever training event. There are no spaces available as participants from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Chile and

Brazil gather at the Canadian Ecology Centre near Mattawa, Ontario, in September to hear a trio of powerful guest speakers expound on theories, practices and successes related to bulk material particle-sizing technology.

An internationally-renowned blasting and explosives expert, a pre-eminent mine-to-mill metallurgy consultant and an industry-savvy, WipWare-embracing metallurgy superintendent are on the speaker lineup transforming this year’s sold-out training seminar into a veritable international fragmentation analysis summit.

2014 seminar speaker lineup announced!


A trio of powerful guest speakers is helping transform this year’s training seminar into a fragmentation analysis summit.

The 5th Annual WipWare Training Seminar features an internationally-renowned blasting and explosives expert, a pre-eminent mine-to-mill metallurgy consultant and an industry-savvy, WipWare-embracing metallurgy superintendent.

Bringing more than 40 years of explosives industry experience, Dr. Calvin J. Konya, founding member, president and first executive director of the Society of Explosives Engineers, director of the Academy for Blasting and Explosives Technology and president of Precision Blasting Services, holds a truly impressive resume of significant achievements in blast design, education, research, legal consultation, and management.

Konya has authored more than 130 technical papers, books and reports and overseen numerous technically challenging blasting projects worldwide. His accomplishments include blast design for wall control for the 1000-foot deep pits at BHP’s Ekati mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, dance

Dr. Adrian Dance, principal metallurgy consultant at SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. a doctor in mineral processing, has more than 20 years in both industrial and consulting experience, working at operations in Australia, Canada and Peru.

He has established himself as an authority on comminution (crushing & grinding) circuit operation and practices a proven methodology in gaining improvements from “Mine-to-Mill” optimization projects.

Dance has published numerous technical papers, presented at international conferences as well as conducted training courses around the world on topics including: Mine-to-Mill Plant Optimization, Advanced Control Systems and Image Analysis, and Comminution Circuit Design, Commissioning and Control.

Francois Robichaud SMFrancois Robichaud is metallurgy superintendent at Agnico-Eagle Mines Technical Services and has extensive experience using WipWare automated systems in a production environment. He was involved with preparations to commission the AEM’s Goldex operation, designing the metallurgical laboratory, hiring mill staff, focusing on the gravity circuit and refinery commissioning and optimization.

Throughout 2010 and 2011 Robichaud worked extensively with the maintenance department to commission/optimize the surface secondary cone crusher with the help of WipWare on-line particle size analyzers, a project he intends to outline for seminar participants. For more on the seminar click here.

WipWare youth internship announced



It was a crowded house today at WipWare while the spotlight shone on Technical Specialist Cory Sloan during a FedNor announcement.

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin, on behalf of Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) Greg Rickford, announced funding towards a youth intern to assist with product research and development.


WipWare at Hillhead



WipWare is proud to be part of Hillhead 2014, the largest quarry show in the world which kicked off this morning in Buxton, England.

Our European Value Added Reseller, Syscom BV, from the Netherlands, is displaying a WipWare Solo bulk material particle size analysis instrument at Booth C PC14. WipWare’s President Tom Palangio, Technical Officer Thomas Palangio, and Director of Marketing Elaine Ball are all in attendance.

At the last show in 2012, 459 exhibitors took part while 16,675 visitors attended over three days. Overseas visitors came from 87 countries and represented approximately 8% of total.

The showground covers an area (gross) of approximately 140,000m2. The net stand space occupied in 2012 was 55,590m2 and the demonstration areas extend to around 30,000m2.

There are three categories of working demonstration area:

Quarry Face: large wheel loaders and excavators load dumptrucks from a 10,000-tonne rock pile and hydraulic breakers are used for secondary breaking.

Rock Processing: a wide variety of screens and crushers are used to process material into single-size or graded products.

Recycling: well over 1,000 tonnes of waste material is sorted, crushed, shredded, screened, and stockpiled into reusable aggregate or waste material.

Industries served by the event include: quarrying, mining, recycling, heavy construction, materials handling, concrete, asphalt, road-surfacing, civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and landfill.


See WipWare at Hillhead


WipWare is heading to England next week for the world’s largest quarry show.

Hillhead 2014 at Lafarge Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry near Buxton, Derbyshire, will play host to 450 UK and international suppliers of plant, equipment, materials and services for the quarrying, construction and recycling industries featuring a huge range of static display exhibits and live demonstrations.

From June 24-26 some of the largest equipment manufacturers in the world will roll out and demonstrate new products for thousands of visitors. At the last show in 2012, more than 17,000 visitors toured the exhibition grounds.

Syscom BV, WipWare’s European Value Added Reseller in the Netherlands, will be demonstrating a WipWare Solo automated photoanalysis instrument at booth C PC14. WipWare President Tom Palangio, Chief Technical Officer Thomas Palangio and Director of Marketing Elaine Ball will all be in attendance.


WipWare set to grow in Africa



Johannesburg, South Africa

WipWare is set to stretch its wings further, by signing up Micron Scientific South Africa as Silver Value Added Reseller (VAR). This is the second signed VAR after Micron Scientific Australia in April 2014.

WipWare Marketing Director Elaine Ball congratulates Albrecht Truter, Managing Director of Micron Scientific South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa

WipWare designs and manufactures industry leading photoanalysis software and hardware that offers real-time analysis of material in the field, laboratory and on-line production settings for underground and surface mining, quarries and aggregate production.

Elaine Ball, newly appointed marketing director is on a mission to improve WipWare’s international reseller network and expand the firm’s global reach.

“WipWare have some good resellers and a little structure with a solid plan for growth is what this company and its network need,” said Ball. “These are exciting times and great for its growing client base globally.”

Micron Scientific South Africa are leaders in material characterization. They are perfect to grow sales in South Africa and support the local customer base, thus improving on customer service.

Excited about the future, Albrecht Truter became Managing Director of Micron Scientific in 2007 and has plans to double the company’s growth in the next 3 years.

Also happening today, Federal minister meets with mining leaders at WipWare



Federal Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford met with North Bay mining leaders at a Mining Forum at WipWare Inc. last week.

Senior representatives from nine mining-related companies and the City of North Bay spent more than an hour presenting their views and concerns to the minister and Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin. In attendance were personnel from Stantec Consulting, Mining Technologies International, Atlas Copco, Boart Longyear, WipWare Inc., Minesteel Fabricators, Cementation Canada, City of North Bay, Miller Technology and Stroma Service Consulting.

Topics discussed ranged from Ring of Fire infrastructure needs to difficulties attracting skilled workers.

WipWare founder Dr. John Franklin honoured



Dr. John Franklin Dedication

WipWare was on hand at a dedication ceremony at the University of Waterloo this weekend to honour Dr. John Franklin, friend, colleague and former business partner.


WipWare President Tom Palangio (left) and Technical Officer Thomas Palangio stand beside the black granite donated to commemorate Dr. John Franklin.

Franklin (1940-2012), a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was a developer and founding partner of WipWare Inc. WipWare selected and donated a large block of black granite from a local quarry to serve as a memorial to Franklin in the University of Waterloo’s Peter Russell Rock Garden.

“John Franklin was an outstanding man. He was an engineer, an educator, a leader, a colleague, a business partner and a friend,” said WipWare President Tom Palangio. “He encouraged, in fact stronger than that, he ‘pushed’ people to be their best. And although he is no longer with us he will live on in our memories and the history of this institution and so it is fitting to be here today to dedicate this to him,” he added.

Described as a primal force in the world of rock mechanics and engineering, Franklin was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of the image-based fragmentation analysis technology that is at the root of WipWare software and automated hardware systems.


Kersty Franklin addresses the gathering at a dedication ceremony for her husband, Dr. John Franklin at the University of Waterloo Peter Russell Rock Garden.

While at the University of Waterloo Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, he developed the Waterloo Image Enhancement Process (WEIP), later shortened to Waterloo Image Process (WIP). WipFrag software was the commercial product that emerged from Franklin’s research, forming WipWare’s core offering.

Franklin was an important figure in the International Society for Rock Mechanics, serving as its president from 1987 to 1991. His professional accomplishments include serving as premier consulting engineer on enviable projects such as the Toronto CN Tower foundations (for many years the highest tower in the world), the Sudbury Science North Centre (straddling a major geologic fault), the 2100m-deep SNOLAB neutrino observatory in Sudbury, a rock breakwater at the end of the world in Tierra del Fuego, and many other rock engineering projects.

More on Franklin’s life and accomplishments can be found here, here and here.


Dr. John Franklin Dedication


Dedication ceremony announced for WipWare developer Dr. John Alan Franklin (1940 - 2012)

The University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum

invite you to attend the

Dedication Ceremony for John Franklin

Sunday May 4, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

in the University of Waterloo's Peter Russell Rock Garden

Reception to follow in the Atrium of the

Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (CEIT) Building

University of Waterloo Campus

200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON

WipWare dealer network revamped



Today WipWareVAR Rollout rolled out our New Valued Added Reseller (VAR) structure to our existing network of resellers.

Over the next few months, we will be building a stronger and more focused team of technical sales experts who can help you evaluate rock fragments in Mining and Quarry operations.

WipWare BlastCast tool predicts fragmentation


Module enhances pioneering fragmentation analysis software


Initial reaction to a new blast prediction module recently developed by WipWare Inc. has been extremely positive.

WipWare unveiled BlastCast®, an innovative blast fragmentation forecaster and one of the latest improvements to the high-tech firm’s ever-evolving WipFrag software, at the 40th Annual International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Conference in Denver last month.

Hailed as a major enhancement to WipFrag, the software that pioneered photographic fragmentation analysis now used throughout the mining, mineral processing and aggregate industries, users input the parameters of a particular blast in the BlastCast window and it automatically generates a graph displaying the predicted fragmentation.

After blasting, users measure the resulting fragmentation using WipWare photoanalysis technology and superimpose the results on the BlastCast graph to compare actual fragmentation with the prediction.

The parameter sliders in BlastCast can now be adjusted for various factors in order to shift the curve in the desired direction. As the process is repeated over time, BlastCast predictions become more and more accurate.

BlastCast is accessed by pressing the BlastCast button in the Tools section of the WipFragToolbar.

WipWare Inc. is the world leader in photoanalysis of fragmented material, with more than 20 years development experience assisting mines and mills optimize blast procedures, improve plant throughput and increase production.

A global network of distributors ensures its clients local access to sales and service. WipWare’s systems are employed throughout the mining, forestry and aggregate sectors.


Lost license keys cannot be replaced; WipWare recommends that the license key is insured for the replacement value of the software product to protect against loss or theft. Damaged license keys can be exchanged for a nominal cost; Keys that have been damaged due to tampering may be replaced at the discretion of WipWare.
The most important thing about photoanalysis software is the quality of images that are used for the analysis. Image Acquisition – The better the images, the better the results. Develop a sampling strategy. Taking images is like taking samples for sieving or other tests. The results must statistically represent the product as a whole. To adequately compensate for rockpile segregation and heterogeneity, each image must contain a sufficient number of fragments, and the results from dozens of images per blast must be merged and averaged. Accurate estimation of larger blocks in particular requires merged data because of the scarcity of such blocks. High-fidelity, high-speed automatic edge detection is essential – methods that rely on tracing or manual editing are incapable of processing sufficient data and so are prone to large sampling errors.

Fill the field of view with fragmented rock, preferably at least 200 particles.

Include all sizes. No single block should occupy more than 20% of the width of image. For improved resolution of fines, use WipFrag's zoom-merge capability to combine images at different scales of magnification.

Beware of rockpile segregation. Large blocks tend to roll to the outer edges and fines may cover the surface or become hidden as a result of gravity or rainfall. The effects can be minimized by increasing the number of images per sample but only with careful selection of image locations.

Don’t waste an image. Get images of the particles in question, not the sky and area around it.

WipFrag measures what it can see. If your pictures are far away, fines will not be resolved. If the image is taken too close, oversize may be missed. Get a good mix of images of the sample in question.
When acquiring image samples each image should:

Contain an easy to read scale. (two for tilt correction).

Be high definiton – Not necessarily high resolution.

Never be taken with a wide angle lens.

Contain clearly visible particles. (if you can outline each individual particle, the software can too)

Have even lighting. (avoid hot spot/shadow areas if possible).
Updated Windows License Key Drivers among other useful tools and updates are available to registered users in the WipWare Customer Download Area; This driver can also be download directly from SafeNet using this link. http://safenet-inc.com/support/files/Sentinel_Protection_Installer_7.3.2.zip (8.07Mb) The latest License Key Driver is universal allowing Parallel or USB type keys to work as well as adding new functions such as network connectivity. This means that if System A has a valid Hardware License Key and System B does not have a License Key however both systems are a part of the same network, have the License Key Driver and the WipWare software installed; Then System B can run the WipWare Software using the License Key on System A, assuming that the License from System A is not currently in use. This is just another way that WipWare keeps licensing simple and flexible to you…
The zipped attachment sent by WipFrag Technical Services contains a file named KeyEnable.exe. To initialize your key for the WipFrag software simply extract and run KeyEnable.exe with the security key attached to the computer. If it works properly, a prompt will appear stating that your key has been activated. You'll now be ready to run the software.
Large and small images each have their pros and cons. Fines can be delineated easier with larger images and tend to get fused together with smaller images. Oversize is usually analyzed properly with smaller images, but tends to get slightly disintegrated in larger images. Smaller images analyze and are edited much faster than large images. Editing the net will take longer if the image size is larger than your screen size as there is no fractional zooming capability in the software. WipWare always recommends taking the original images at a high resolution. It is always possible to downsize the image without distortion, but nearly impossible to make an image larger while keeping clarity and definition. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot delineate the particle with your eye, the software will be unable to as well.
WipWare recommends using any solid scaling device with a contrasting color to the material which can be laid down flat onto the material in question. Range rods, yard/meter sticks and customized frames can all be used. WipWare discourages the use of balls as they can expand and contract with changes in temperature and altitude. Be sure to have the scaling device perpendicular to the camera. Be sure to use two scaling devices when you cannot be parallel to the sample. This will allow you to use the tilt-correction within the software for more accurate results. If in doubt, use two scales. One in the foreground of the sample and one in the background.
Digital zooming reduces the definition in your images. When you choose to digitally zoom, your camera is actually cropping and expanding the image. This effect makes it appear as if the image has been zoomed in. The problem is, when the camera expands the image, it needs to interpolate pixels which reduces the clarity and definition of your photo. Wide angle lenses should be avoided as well. In order to obtain a wide format image, distortion is created at the edges of the photo. The wider the lens, the more distortion there is.
WipFrag has been tested for images up to 11Mp (4000×2650 pixels) without any problems. Some have commented that their computers freeze up when analyzing these images. Please note that large complex images can take upwards of twenty seconds to be analyzed depending on processor speed, memory, the EDP and the number of particles in the image. If you need to speed the process up, you will need to make your images smaller. You may want to consider taking 2-3 smaller images during your next test. Smaller sized images analyze and are edited faster. You can always merge the data together afterwards.
If you wish to resolve smaller particles, there are two options. You can choose to use a higher zoom lens. Zooming in allows the system to resolve the smaller particles much easier. It can however reduce the number of the larger particles analyzed. The other option is to update your camera. New camera technology has allowed us to greatly increase the minimum resolvable particle size within images and still keep the larger particles within the results. By moving from the standard 0.3Mp camera to one of our 2.1 or 10.7Mp options, you can increase your resolved particle magnitude from 43x to 267x. Simply put, your system will be able to analyze particles up to 1/8th the size of the smallest particle that your system is measuring now.
The user should take special care not to inadvertently bias the sample by altering the method in which image samples are taken, setting the scale improperly, selectively editing the net or changing the EDP between samples that will be merged to each other. All analysis of a study should be performed in the same way. Be systematic and develop a routine for image acquisition and analysis.
Distribution Model selects between two separate analytical models for the 2 dimensional to three-dimensional unfolding function. The “well graded” model is to be used for blast fragmentation assessment. The “highly uniform” model is to be used for applications such as consistant crusher products on conveyor belts. Typically, the size range of the material should be very narrow, ie. pellets, greenballs, prills, aggregate, etc. Users should be cautioned to use one model only. Empirical calibrations differ as a result of using the different models!
If you change the sieve outputs in the software often, it is recommended to save (and backup) copies of your custom size classes. You can save as many of these files as you require and can label them as needed. When you require the custom sieve output, simply load the xml file from within the "Output" tab located in the 'Options' menu. This is a very useful tool for consultants and quarries who are constantly changing the 'sieve' outputs for analyzing various material specifications (ie. Granular A, Granular B, washed stone) Saving/loading these custom sieve sizes saves a great deal of time when you need to change your outputs.


WipWare recognizes that legacy devices such as parallel ports are being eliminated from current notebook computers, at any time if you wish to upgrade your license key to the USB version you can do so by contacting WipWare Technical Services. The fee for license key exchange is minimal. Cross shipping is available to lessen downtime with the software.
WipFrag 2.6 is designed to run on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Unfortunately, WipWare no longer supports the use of the software on older operating systems.
WipFrag is designed to detect Firewire/IEE1394/iLink video cameras and some analog streaming class WDM compatible video cards. This message is simply stating that no such devices were found when the software was started.If you received this message and have a Firewire/IEEE1394/iLink camera attached, please make sure that it is turned on prior to starting WipFrag so it can be detected properly. When using an analog video camera the camera must be attached to the video card/framegrabber and turned on prior to starting the software. With some cards, there must also be a video feed coming into the card for it to properly be detected. Due to the vast numbers of cards on the market, WipWare technical services are unavailable to troubleshoot problems for this hardware.
Windows 2000/XP users will need to install the Rainbow Super Sentinel Pro license key driver on their computer for WipWare Software Products to work. This driver is located on the WipWare CD-ROM and can also be downloaded at http://www.safenet-inc.com/support/files/Sentinel_Protection_Installer_7.3.2.zip (right-click and save as.) If this driver update does not work, please call WipWare Technical Services with your software version and build number ready.
The number of images needed to properly analyze muckpiles or another sample is dependant on a number of things and changes from project to project. The main question to ask yourself when you think you are done obtaining your images is 'did I gather an adequate statistical representation of the material in question?If you have missed the smaller particles, or feel that perhaps they were to small to be delineated, you should take a few zoomed in images of them. As well, if you have neglected the oversize material, you may need an image of them as well. Remember, you can merge multiple analysis together within the software very easily.
If you see a great deal of fines when acquiring the images, capture some zoomed in images of the material. WipFrag’s ability to merge analyses will allow you to incorporate these fines into your overall study.When analyzing images containing material that cannot be delineated, you can choose to mark blocked areas as fines. Go to Options>Sieve Options tab. Input the “Average Fines Size” in the designated area. The units can be inches or meters – this unit can be changed within the ‘Set Scale’ dialog. Once this size is entered, you can choose to mark areas as fines by one of three ways: right clicking on the block and selecting ‘Mark as Fines’ or by choosing ‘Mark as fines mode’ in the edit tab, or by pressing F7 and then left click in the desired blocks.
Hotkeys have been added to the software to help speed up editing. The keys are as follows.F2 – ‘Draw Line Mode’ F3 – ‘Draw Polyline Mode’ F4 – ‘Erase Line Mode’ F5 – ‘Erase Block Mode’ F6 – ‘Ignore Block Mode’ F7 – ‘Mark as fines Mode’ Some of us have found that these hotkeys can cut editing time in half.
This is a common occurrence when you have forgotten to set the scale or have set an improper tilt scale. To remedy this, reset the scale/tilt scale and ‘sieve’ the image again. There is no need to regenerate the net.
It is recommended to avoid acquiring images early in the morning or lat in the day when the sun is at a low point. It is during these times that long shadows are created around the particles (especially oversize) making it harder to find an adequate edge detection parameter.From our experience, the most ideal images are taking late morning or early afternoon on overcast days. Lighting is usually very even during these times creating a slight shadow around all particles. This makes finding an EDP very easy and greatly reduces editing times.
Please refer to WipFrag Network Keys.pdf in the Customer Download Area.
This known issue has only been reported with ATI graphics chipsets running on Windows XP. To resolve this issue do the following:

Right-click on desktop and select Properties

Under the Settings tab select Advanced

Select the Troubleshoot tab

Turn the Hardware acceleration down 2 steps (4th from the left)
If WipFrag was uninstalled improperly or if a newer installer was run before uninstalling the old version you may get duplicate entries for the same version of WipFrag in the Add/Remove Programs list. To remedy this issue do the following:

From the Start menu select Run and type 'regedit' without the quotes and hit OK.

Browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall

Expand Uninstall and look for the duplicate entry you wish to remove (named 'WipFrag', 'WipFrag Online' or something similar). If you are unsure which one to remove select each and use the information on the right to determine which version or build shouldn't be there.

Delete the duplicate key(s) on the left. Note: If you are still unsure of which one to delete make sure you uninstall WipFrag from your machine and then delete all WipFrag keys that shouldn't be there.
After updating WipFrag you may receive XML errors on startup. These errors should only appear the first time a new version is run. These errors mean new WipFrag settings are detected and will be added. However, if you continue to get XML errors even after restarting WipFrag then please contact WipWare Technical Support.
The reason that the WipFrag 2010 will not play a video file is because your PC does not have the required Codec Pack. The Codec pack needed can be downloaded by clicking Here (Note: This download is for WipWare customers, as such you will be prompted to enter your username and password before you can start the download). Once you have downloaded the pack, simply Start the Codec Installer, click “Next”, “Choose Simple Install” you may now proceed by selecting “next” (Note: all the pages from here until the final install button are optional but should be left alone) then select “Install” and then “finish” to complete the installation. You should now find that your WipFrag 2010 plays video in .mpeg, .avi and .mts formats.
In cases where WipFrag is installed to the 'Program Files' or 'Program Files (x86)' folder and when running under Windows Vista or Windows 7, the WipFrag.xml and WipFrag.xsd files will be saved to your 'My Documents' folder.

Note: WipFrag.xml contains all your settings within the software, and WipFrag.xsd must reside in the same folder as WipFrag.xml.

If updating from a previous build, WipFrag will make a copy of the WipFrag.xml that was previously located in the ‘Virtual Store’ directory. Also, all directories that were previously pointing to the ‘Virtual Store’ directory will automatically be changed to point to your ‘My Documents’ folder. Any directories that were not pointing to the ‘Virtual Store’ will not be changed.

If you are receiving the message 'Unspecified Error’ and/or 'Failed to load WipFrag.xml' please check the following: You have read and write access to:

C:/Users/[your_user_name]/Documents/ Example, if your Windows username is 'User': C:/Users/User/Documents/ Start WipFrag and ensure the following directory structure has been created:

C:/Users/[your_user_name/Documents/WipWare/WipFrag/ WipFrag.xml and WipFrag.xsd should now be located within this folder. The default 'Project' folder should now be located here, unless you have specified otherwise.

If you have confirmed that you have read and write access to the 'My Documents' folder but you are still receiving errors please contact WipWare Technical Services.
Currently, WipFrag 2010 supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.
There is a known issue when attempting to run the initial release of WipFrag 2010 Build 2 when in Spanish or French regions. If WipFrag 2010 Build 2 won't start please do the following:

Go to 'Start > Program Files > WipFrag' and run 'TrueUpdate Client' or

Browse to where you installed WipFrag (default is C:Program FilesWipFrag)

In the 'Update' folder run 'WipFrag 2010 Update Client.exe'

The update client should detect and download a new version of WipFrag and then will prompt you to update from Build 2. Now you should be able to run WipFrag.
A few versions of WipFrag 2010 may have difficulties merging together all of the 'frag' files from analysis if the image file name was long.

This issue has been fixed and will be remedied by updating your software.

To update your software, open your WipFrag 2010 software, open the 'Help' menu and select 'Check for updates.'


Have you tried to access your online system from remote desktop for the first time and found that you can't start the software? This problem is due to an issue with one of the dongles dll files. This can be fixed by replacing the sx32w.dll file found in the WipFrag Momenutm or Reflex folder with version Search your installation CD/folder for a copy of it, or contact WipFrag Technical Services for an update.
WipFrag Momentum would allow you to monitor material on as many 8 conveyor belts at one time in real time. If you need to measure anything from prills and pellets to fines and boulders, WipFrag Momentum may be what you are looking for. Please contact us and we can send you more information on the topic.
If you load an image and receive a message that states “Existing Saved Exclusion Zone size does not match the current image." you can still continue with the analysis.

This message has appeared because your system has been set to use an exclusion zone of a different image size previously set. (ie. An exclusion zone was set for images at 800×600 pixels, but you are now analyzing images that are 1024×768.) This message can be stopped by opening any image, selecting ‘edit exclusion zone’ and un-checking the ‘Enable’ check box.

If for any reason you still receive this message afterwards, you can always choose to delete or move the actual exclusion zone image. Depending on the version you are using, you’ll find it in the same folder in which you are loading your images or in the wipfrag/bmp/ folder. the name of the file is ~exlu*.bmp
All of our outputs are available within the CSV file. This means that each analysis writes over 60 values. A normal momentum system running at full speed will produce four entries/second. This results in 5+Mb csv files daily. To reduce the size of these files in Momentum or Solo you can reduce the sampling interval, reduce the imaging interval or increase the number of images per merge. These options are all available in the Online Options menu and are camera specific.
WipFrag online systems are designed to run on a dedicated computer under a single user with full administration access. This problem has most likely been caused by multiple user accounts on the computer.

When the WipFrag 'Autostart' settings are enabled, when another user logs on, the system senses the startup and WipFrag re-starts under someone elses account. This can create confusing and lost information. To fix this, the best solution is to have only one user account on the system. Alternately, remove all autostart features in WipFrag. Start the software under its installed account. Inform other users not to start the software under their account.
If you notice the system has suddenly started triggering early you will need to check if all software settings are fine. If satisfactory, check the TTL input display in the status bar. A signal of 0000 0010 means that a truck is dumping (something is breaking the beam.) If no truck is dumping, then the emitter has lost power or the emitter and receiver are no longer pointed at one another. You'll need to check the physical status of the sensors and re-point them if necessary.

If a sensor was damaged and you are waiting for a replacement, you can temporarily fix the early triggering by enabling the 'Pixel Trigger' option.

Simply enable the pixel trigger (Online Options- Pixel Trigger) to top or bottom. Place the pixel (x,y cordinates) near the bottom center of the screen. Lower threshold = 0, Upper threshold = 255, Delta 15. Go to online options – trigger order, and select Pixel as the second trigger. This simply creates a lag in the triggering. Refer to your user manual to fine tune the settings.

When you get your sensor fixed/replaced simply go to the Trigger Order and change your second trigger to TTL.
WipFrag Momentum systems are designed to accept up to 16 Analog cameras or 8 Ethernet cameras (up to 255 is possible) into a solitary workstation. Please note that for every camera added to a workstation, the fewer samples/camera/second is achieved. If a high sampling rate is required, it is recommended to keep the number of cameras/workstation to a minimum.
Note to online system users:

Please remember that if you change the zoom on your cameras or alter the lighting, you will most likely need to reset your EDP. Take 20-30 images over a day and find an EDP that works well on all of them. Recheck the EDP after 1 week to verify it is still working well. EDPs should not be altered during studies, projects, etc. Unlike scaling errors, EDP mistakes can not be corrected for when post processing the data. EDPs will not work perfectly for all images. A few small fusion and disintegration errors are common in all photoanalysis software.
WipFrag Momentum can be calibrated. The process does take some time and requires multiple analysis and sieve samples.

Stop belt with material present.

Manually capture image with Momentum, analyze image and save results.

Remove the section of material from belt (that was in the image) and sieve.

Repeat this procedure at least 5 times to get adequate representation of material. Email all of the results to support@wipware.com. We will use our calibration tools to get a Rosin-Rammler or SweBrec calibration target and email you back the figures. You can then set these values in the Sieve options menu to finalize the calibration.
WipFrag supports OPC Data Access version 2.05 as a server or as a client. OPC Data Access provides a means of moving data values between a server and client. When WipFrag is online cycling, WipFrag makes available the same data values written to the log file, e.g. D10, D25, D50, etc. at the end of each process cycle. Please refer to your manual for more information on OPC. The manual is available on the WipFrag Installation CD. If you have misplaced your CD please contact WipWare Technical Services.
Reflex cannot accurately be calibrated.
If using a Piccolo Pro3I framegrabber card, and you have a video signal coming in on all inputs, the computer may reboot when launching WipFrag with the 5.1 MultiCam drivers. To fix this, download and install the latest MultiCam drivers from Customer Download Area.
If you are using WipFrag as an OPC Client and you can connect to the server but are having difficulties browsing OPC tags (ex: structures infinitely looping) first make sure all DCOM permissions are correct for both the client and the server (see WipFrag OPC – Windows XP SP2.pdf on the WipFrag installation CD). If DCOM is fully configured properly and you are still unable to browse the tags on the server you can manually edit the OPCMap.txt file located in the WipFrag installation folder. This file holds all client/server mappings. You can use the formatting in the following examples to populate all desired mappings:

Camera 1/C1 D10 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD10

Camera 1/C1 D20 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD20

Camera 1/C1 D25 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD25

Camera 1/C1 Nros2 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iNros2

Camera 2/C2 D10 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD10

Camera 2/C2 D20 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD20

Camera 2/C2 D25 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iD25

Camera 2/C2 Nros2 MyTags.Network2.Objects.WipFrag.iNros2 'Camera x' and 'Cx' indicate the camera number. Then a space followed by the value you wish to map. Next is a tab and then the item as located on the server (edit to match your server).
These ranges affect the minimum and maximum allowed shutter speed for the camera. However, these values are not represented in any units of time. Unfortunately, these ranges for the shutter speed cannot be easily converted to milliseconds (the conversion changes depending on many factors). Therefore, you will need to use trial and error by increasing/decreasing the values and taking note of the resulting shutter speeds displayed directly above these range values. To try and further explain, below is an example of its behaviour. However, the below numbers are NOT necessarily correct and are used only for demonstration.

Let’s say a system has the shutter limits set to 10-100.

You introduce a lot of light and find the shutter never goes below 0.3ms (while the image remains too bright), then 10=0.3ms.

You take away light and the shutter never goes above 3ms (while the image remains too dark), then 100=3ms.

However, the entire shutter range of the camera cannot be expressed with a linear equation and you will probably find that solving for values outside of this range will be incorrect. For example, you may expect 1=0.03ms, but you should expect to find that this is incorrect once you actually enter these values into the software.