When it comes to mining there are a number of measurement applications that are unique to the industry. Accurately measuring the density of slurry and the level of an ore pile are two that come to mind. Although measuring level throughout the mining process is very common, getting an accurate solids level reading can be downright frustrating.
Radar, ultrasonic, and laser are single point measurements and the combination of irregularly shaped ore piles and dust most often cause these technologies to provide very inaccurate levels because they miss things like material buildups or cavities. Whether selling finished goods or running a concentration plant, getting a complete level picture is important in both instances and in order to do so, a three dimensional view is needed.
A new technology is available that addresses this need and uses sound to create a 3D surface image of the solids storage area. Examples of where this works are storage silos, bins, and stockpiles, regardless of the ore or mineral.