Effective monitoring of Hydrocyclones is vital within any comminution circuit, but is hindered by the demands of continuous operation, hazardous environments, undiagnosed faults and disrupting productivity. Hydrocyclones are used in the comminution circuits in mineral processing to separate coarse and fine particles in slurry streams. A fundamental problem with operating hydrocyclones is that their operational efficiency is very sensitive to changes in the slurry properties. Many hydrocyclones today are monitored by routine manual visual inspection of the output to determine issues with the device.
“Roping” is one of the most common operational issues, which can occur when the machine fails to classify materials due to irregular slurry properties, leading to a rope-like stream being discharged from the device.
Singulariti’s Oscillot System provides accurate real-time monitoring of hydrocyclone nests by attaching high-frequency vibration sensors onto the cone of the individual hydrocyclones. These sensors can detect subtle changes in the vibrational output of the device, and capture the unique vibration patterns caused by roping events.
This solution is currently deployed in active hydrocyclone nests and providing critical real-time feed back to the operators.