When was the last time you had your belt X-rayed?

An interesting benefit of Mantex’ qDXA X-ray technology is that the Flow Scanner can generate some pretty interesting images of the conveyor belt as it passes through the machine. Now, what’s the purpose of this you might wonder? An X-ray image of an empty conveyor belt is probably not at the top of your list of cool things.

But you might be wrong! The colour-enhanced image above, of a pulp mill’s moving conveyor belt, was taken during a lull in the production and clearly shows some extensive wear to the rubber.

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How do you avoid unwanted downtime? This is where the advanced technology of the Flow Scanner comes into play. The graph on the right is a mathematical representation of the belt measured by the Flow Scanner and a clear indication of the belt’s physical characteristics.

Not only can the Flow Scanner visualize damage, it can also give you an idea of the deterioration over time, giving you a chance to fix the belt before it breaks.

Keeping a continuous eye on the belt’s degradation makes it easier to plan for a replacement. In this particular case a decision was made to change the belt during the annual service, and a costly breakage was thus avoided.

Mantex can perform belt profile checks for all customers, so let us know if you’re also interested in keeping an extra X-ray eye on your belt!