Voith’s new intelligent coupling for belt conveyors

German-based company, Voith, recently unveiled its new TurboBelt 500 TPXL fluid coupling at MINExpo in Las Vegas, USA. The fill-controlled coupling is the first model in the new TPXL family, which combines the advantages of the hydrodynamic drive principle with intelligent control technology. The integrated controller makes it possible to adapt the output torque of the coupling exactly to the start-up parameters of the belt conveyor system. In addition, Voith’s engineers have been able to considerably reduce the dimensions of the new coupling, so that the TurboBelt 500 TPXL only requires half the volume of conventional coupling types for the same force transmission.

Operation of the TurboBelt 500 TPXL is simple and user-friendly: After the required torque for the belt and the basic start-up parameters have been transmitted, the coupling automatically calculates the optimum fill level in real time and fills or drains the working circuit accordingly. Equipped with a self-learning function, it simultaneously stores all relevant operational data in order to align the control behavior optionally with the nominal value, depending on the respective load situation and on the basis of previous empirical values.

This is enabled by the plug-and-play design of the TurboBelt 500 TPXL. An integrated controller, an integrated pump and a new oil supply unit are part of the coupling concept. Thus the components are optimally matched to one another and pave the way for predictive, requirement-oriented and cost optimized maintenance of the coupling. The controller monitors the entire sensor system of the coupling and provides operationally relevant information, such as the condition of the oil filter. Even by remote access, if desired.

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