The contract will facilitate the launch of a predictive asset monitoring solution from Future Fibre Technologies (FFT), an Ava Group company, which the companies hope will revolutionise the monitoring of conveyors used in mining and other industries.
The new partnership will strengthen Ava's recently announced strategic alliance with Mining3. Under the agreement, FFT will use its Aura advanced fibre optic sensing platform, combined with Mining3's signal processing algorithms, to bring to market a brand new FFT solution called Aura IQ. This automated system will provide the global mining industry with an advanced solution in wear detection of conveyor rollers with the ability to pre-empt failure, generating significant time and cost savings.
Managing conveyor maintenance is a significant problem for the mining sector. Conventional methods of detecting failure in conveyor rollers are unreliable, hazardous, time-consuming and labour intensive.
Professor Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3, said: "Our focus remains on accelerating the research and development process to deliver breakthrough technology for our members and the global mining industry. The new development and commercialisation partnership with the Ava Group facilitates this outcome and ensures the industry benefit from much-needed advancements in technology."
Andrew Hames, Head of Extractives and Energy at Ava Group, added: "Mining companies are striving to realise the full benefits of evolving digital capabilities to enhance improvements in productivity; including looking at ways of using data more effectively to improve asset management, reliability and introduce predictive capability.
"This partnership is a result of our focus towards providing innovative solutions to clients in key strategic sectors. The opportunity for Ava Group and Future Fibre Technologies is transformational for the industry and adjacent markets as we further leverage the technologies' applications."
This predictive asset monitoring solution is expected to launch in the June quarter.