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Regal Rexnord showcases technologies at AIMEX

The Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) is one of the country’s longest running mining trade shows. The event provides a platform for suppliers to highlight their latest technological developments.

Regal Rexnord featured a range of advanced power transmission solutions in its stand, including Stieber torque limiting, releasable backstops. Primarily used on large inclined conveyor applications, these backstops are designed to be mounted onto the conveyor’s gearbox or directly onto the pulley shaft. Because they can operate in the reverse direction, it allows mines to run a conveyor in reverse for maintenance purposes.

Rex Sinclair, Regal Rexnord’s national sales manager, explained this unique backstop offering has significant safety benefits.

“The design includes bearings installed to support the backstop – almost no other backstop has that kind of functionality,” he told ABHR. “With a fixed backstop, belt clamps and chain blocks are needed to release tension on the belt – that’s not necessary with the Stieber resealable design.”

“It makes belt or roller changeouts a lot safer, quicker and easier.”

The torque-limiting, releasable design was based on meeting customer’s needs. Sales have increased steadily increased as more mine operators understand the benefits. Much of backstop’s popularity is due to the efforts of the Regal Rexnord sales team as they continue to educate design engineers and bulk handling facility operators on the benefits of the product.

Embracing IoT

Svendborg Brakes IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) system was also showcased at the Regal Rexnord stand. The system is designed to support predictive maintenance by filtering and analysing component performance data. Sinclair said this allows operators to be alerted of an issue before it becomes a problem.

“The whole idea is to prevent downtime,” he said. “Across the wider company, Regal Rexnord has a platform called Perceptive. It’s an IIoT system that spans across our brands and products.”

Visitors at the Regal Rexnord stand were also able to learn about Svendborg Brakes’ Universal Control (UC) Case, a unique portable IIoT solution. The UC Case is used as a tool for remote support and data visualisation during commissioning or servicing of Svendborg Brakes conveyor braking systems.

The unique case allows Regal Rexnord technicians to perform remote diagnostics on a brake system’s behaviour. This performance information allows the Regal Rexnord team to provide advice on which actions the mine operator needs to take to prevent a malfunction.

The case can be easily connected to the specific conveyor braking system in question. This can be done by following simple instructions provided – no training is required. The case sends the  captured performance data to the cloud, where specialists can troubleshoot for potential faults.

Additional functionalities are being developed to help the UC Case work in environments where internet connections are unreliable.

Sinclair said that AIMEX provided customers with the chance to speak directly to the team of highly experienced Regal Rexnord application engineers at the stand. “It was an opportunity for us to help expand our customers understanding of the wide range of power transmission solutions and technologies we offer that are all designed to help improve their operation’s performance,” he said. 

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