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Travel Scanner Proves Successful in Chile

A hand-held scanner was recently purchased by Excel for on-site engineering. Multiple challenges were caused by our former Romer arm because it was ‘too large’ for carry-on luggage; it required a power source; and it needed to be clamped down on a sturdy structure while operating. The new HandySCAN® is more compact and fits into an overhead compartment. It also provides more mobility and scans equipment faster than the Romer arm. Excel’s Engineering Team believes that, “This will greatly reduce our time spent taking measurements and drawing parts in the field. What normally would take close to two hours will now be completed in minutes!”

Recently, Design Engineer, Phil Hopping, traveled to Chile and had an opportunity to ‘officially’ test this new tool. Along with Excel’s Chilean dealer, IREMIN, Phil visited two mine sites in Chile – about 75 miles outside of Santiago. One of the primary purposes of this site visit was to measure their Metso® 42×65 Gyratory Super Spider. Phil first used the scanner on the crusher’s spider and later scanned the arm guard. The scanner uses ‘stickers’ to generate an accurate reading on dimensions and tolerances for analyzing data. In order to successfully scan the Super Spider, it took almost two hours to apply the 1,252 position targets.

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Phil Hopping (Design Engineer) Applies Position Targets to Spider

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Phil Hopping Operates Excel’s HandySCAN®

At the other site (one of Chile’s leading cement and ready-mix concrete plants), Phil and IREMIN Representative, Günther Abel, were invited to verify that Excel’s 84″ Allis-Chalmers® Hydrocone mainshaft design matched that of the one located on site; the maintenance team wanted to order a spare mainshaft. Phil quickly scanned the head and shaft assembly they had in storage. With this scanned data, he easily confirmed that their mainshaft matched a design of one Excel currently has.

The three-day visit provided a great opportunity to provide our world-class technical support, as well as operate the new HandySCAN in the field. Phil said that the new scanner and laptop proved to be powerhouses. “I scanned painted parts, machined parts, inside and outside, at night and during the day. The scanner did not have a flaw. It proved to be everything it was hyped up to be.”

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