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The innovative way to hear your grind.
An impactmeter measures the impacts of steel balls against the SAG mill liners, as well as ball-to-ball impacts and classifies them into critical impacts or standard impacts based on the intensity of each impact.
ImpactFinder is a field device that can be directly integrated to the plant DCS through any industrial network, and with a processing capacity to incorporate phenomenological models to estimate ball trajectory and internal mill load accommodation, functionalities that were not available as standard on the impactometers available on the market at that time.
ImpactFinder (IF) uses two industrial microphones, one on the loading foot side, where impacts are counted and classified, and one more on the loading shoulder side, with which the fill level is estimated.
Both signals are connected to the IF electronics for signal processing and are sent to the DCS through industrial Ethernet / IP communication, Profibus DP, Modbus TCP. The IF electronics is also connected via Ethernet / IP to the computer with the Advanced Visualization HMI proprietary of the system.
In the image you can see the installation of the microphones, these must be installed at a distance between 35-45 cm from the mill hull and an angle of 35°.
We can also observe the control panel of the system, which must be at a distance no greater than 300 ft from the location of the microphones.
It shows the trend of the magnitude of the sound in decibels (dB), which functions as an indicator of the mill fill level trends.
Indicates trend of change in filling levels
Immediate measurement of the internal state of the mill
Quality parameter for estimating the mill sound
It classifies impacts through the configuration of two levels of intensity, with all those low levels classified as standard impacts and high levels classified as critical impacts.
Increased lifetime of liners
Control of grinding product size
Enable smart ball magazine
It performs a measurement of the percentage of the internal filling with respect to the total volume of the mill, taking into account the variation of the apparent internal density. The display shows graphically the real-time status of the percentage fill level.
Decrease power variance
Stability in the entire process
Grinding product control
Risk reduction due to overfilling or lack of mineral
Cascade and loading angle module
It allows determining the exact point where the ore waterfall collides, as well as the angle of the load arrangement due to the mill’s turning speed. This module integrates an analytical model which is fed by process variables such as the pressure value of the mill bearings, mechanical dimensions of elevators, mill speed, among others, for the self-calibration of the measurement.
Monitoring of collisions on liners
Enables load impact zone control
Enables reduction of power consumption variance
Innovations at ImpactFinder
What is the main comparative advantage of ImpactFinder versus traditional impactmeters?
The main competitive advantage is the incremental innovation that we keep on the product:
Increasing the availability of microphones is one of the challenges that impactmeter manufacturers have. Although the microphone we currently use is IP 67 (dust protection and submersible one meter in water for up to 30 minutes) it requires maintenance every 6 months and a recalibration for system gain adjustments on an annual basis.
The system has a proprietary interface for advanced visualization, in which an image of the SAG mill with the trajectory of the ball and the load arrangement is shown in the center, in addition to the four calculation modules of the system:
Advanced visualization was incorporated into the equipment to cover the limitation that the DCS HMIs have in being able to display the trajectory of the ball and the load arrangement. The 4 calculation modules with the process variables that are measured, which are integrated by the industrial network to the DCS and which are displayed in this HMI.
Minera Saucito I&II2 ImpactFinder® systems
Internal load25-38 tons
Minera PenmontUnidad: “La Herradura”
Internal load110-130 tons
Control systemDelta V
Minera Mexicana “La Ciénega”
Internal load20-33 tons
Minera Escondida Ltd.2 ImpactFinder® systems
Internal load6,200-7,200 kPa
Internal load250-300 tons
Asarco Mission South2 ImpactFinder® systems
Internal load580-680 psi
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