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Innovations to Predict Behavoir of Conveyor Belts
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Innovations to Predict Behavoir of Conveyor Belts

The Open Innovation in Mining Program EXPANDE invites you to prequalify for a new challenge with Codelco, DCH "Innovations to predict conveyor belt behavior".

To participate, follow this link, register and upload the requested information in the enclosed sheet by Thursday 24 September 2020, 16:00 hrs (UTC/GMT-4 Hours).

The status of your proposal can be viewed on the challenge page in the 'proposals' section -

Challenge Description

At the end of 2019, Codelco Chuquicamata Division started up one of the largest and most sophisticated conveyor belt systems in the world. It consists of 14 kilometers of belts that carry the ore from the subway part of the deposit to the surface, and from there to the concentrator plant. This definitive transport system will allow it to transport 140 thousand tons per day, with a useful life of 40 to 50 years.

These belts, classified within the high-tension range of operation, represent one of the most critical systems for the operations of this deposit, therefore they require a constant and rigorous monitoring of operation and maintenance variables. In this context, it is considered necessary to incorporate, among others, digital twin technology that allows predicting the behavior of conveyor belts through modeling and simulation, creating a virtual and parallel system of these equipment. With this tool, it will be possible to anticipate eventual deterioration of these assets and proactively manage actions aimed at optimizing their utilization.

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