MAJOR’s Flex-Mat Sensor
Getting reliable data to assess accurate screen operating vibration means a producer can select effective screen media. Thus the team at MAJOR, Candiac, Quebec, developed the Flex-Mat app-controlled vibration analysis sensor to monitor and fine tune screen box performance and help users make parameter decisions with solid numbers. Here’s how it works.
Upon removing the sensor kit from its professional casing, the user will download the Vibration app for iOS or Android phones.
The operator connects the single sensor to the Flex-Mat sensor app on his phone before placing the physical sensor, which is about 2 1/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches, on one corner of the machine. Provided there is designated and accessible work platform around the machine, the sensor can be placed safely on the exterior of the screenbox sidewall, away from moving parts, with no need to remove any guarding from the machine.
Five separate readings are taken:
- Right Feed corner
- Right Discharge corner
- Left Feed corner
- Left Discharge corner
- Deck inclination reading
Once each test is complete, the app indicates that the next reading can be conducted. Results of the test are available on the app instantly, allowing for a quick recheck on any of the locations where irregularities are shown.
Once the measurement process is completed, the information on g-force, stroke, rpm and orbit including lateral movement, will be delivered to the phone in the time it takes to climb down from the machine.
The tool allows the operator to use the results to determine whether a more technical analysis from another system is needed. For example, if one corner of a screen is performing differently from the others, he may perform further investigation.
Local or site safety guidelines may prohibit access to the machine while in operation, but the sensor is designed to provide information without having to shut down the plant. MAJOR developers remind users to follow all safety guidelines.
For more information, contact MAJOR at (450) 659-7681 or visit www.majorflexmat.com.