Wear detection on conveyor belt clamps

Conveyor belt clamps can be used to connect two belt ends together quickly and securely. With the high demands placed on long conveyor belts with high tension levels, signs of wear around the clamps can cause the conveyor belt to fail, resulting in production losses due to downtime. Manually checking for wear around the clamps is laborious and time-consuming, and requires the belt to be stopped. This is a costly process with the risk of human error. Using the rugged IQ40 inductive proximity sensor to trigger a PIM60 2D vision sensor, the check can be performed automatically while the belt is moving at speeds of over 6 m/s. The PIM60 triggers an alarm as soon as signs of wear appear. Additionally, this system can upload inspection images to an FTP server for data archiving purposes.