NREC designed, built and tested a high-speed "machine vision"
system for monitoring the condition of conveyor belts such
as those used in underground coal mines. This system is in
everyday use at mines operated by CONSOL Energy, Inc., and
is available for purchase from Beitzel Corp., which licensed
the technology from CONSOL and Carnegie Mellon.
NREC developed the patented machine vision system
as part of an innovative belt inspection system designed to
reduce costly downtime caused by degradation of conveyor belt
Developed in collaboration with project partners CONSOL Energy,
Inc. and Beitzel Corporation, the system incorporates a computer
workstation that monitors and records digital images obtained
from cameras mounted above the conveyor belt to provide continuous
imaging of the belt and splices; and software algorithms to
help operators detect, analyze and flag belt defects.