Young, A. and Delaney, B. Recent advances in automated visual rope inspection, Proceedings of the OIPEEC Conference ‘How to get the most out of your ropes’, September 2007, Johannesburg, paper no. ODN 0813 , 127-136, ISBN: 978-0-9552500-1-9.
This paper describes recent advances in automated visual rope inspection for double drum and friction winders that provides 360° rope inspection at full speed. In many jurisdictions, daily visual rope inspections are carried out to meet regulatory requirements. These visual inspections are generally done at slow speed in order to give the rope inspector an opportunity to detect possible rope defects. During manual inspection, for safety reasons it is common practice for the mine to suspend muck hoisting activities. The paper describes an automated double drum visual rope inspection system installed at Xstrata Copper Kidd mine in Timmins Canada. It describes how the system was installed, the problems encountered and the benefits the mine expects to achieve as a result of using the system. The paper also points to how the installed technology might be adapted to friction winders.