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Michael W.

@MichaelWestwood

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Electronics, Software and Machine Vision Engineer

I have a BSc in engineering, am a certified Labview developer and have 19 years experience developing custom systems for industrial environments, mainly focused on visual and thermal imaging. My design philosophy is firmly based on Murphy's Law, to create systems that anticipate possible conditions and anomalies and are flexible enough to handle these and possible future requirements. If something can go wrong it will. My experience includes - Design and implementation of visual and thermal based imaging applications - Machine vision system design (optics, lighting, hardware and software) - Extensive development using LabVIEW, LabVIEW Realtime, IMAQ Vision and National Instruments hardware. NI Certified LabVIEW Developer - Electronic circuit design (incl. PCB layout) of embedded systems using Atmel, PIC, Arduino. - C coding for microcontrollers, Arduino and pre-Arduino - Congex vision systems (spreadsheet and easybuilder) - Particle Photon IoT
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https://www.yellotec.com/products/conveyor-belt-monitoring/

Steel core overland conveyor belts are used to transport coal, iron ore, etc, in the mining sector. They are up to 1.5m wide and up to 50km in length, The rubber belt is re-inforced with steel cords and is made up of sections pf typically 500m spliced together.

Beltwatch has a magnetic sensor with up to 64 channels across 1.5m which detects splices and damage to steel cores. This data is analysed to give an indication of the belt condition and allow for predictive maintenence. 
Additionally a linescan imager builds up a visual image of the belt surface which is synchronised to the magnetic data to allow inspection of the belt cover.
BeltWatch - Steel Core Conveyor Monitoring system
The electrowinning of copper is an electrolytic process that uses electrolysis to recover dissolved copper from solution as copper plate. THe electrodes plates are removed and replaced which can result in poor contact between the electrodes and the power supply bus bars, which causes inefficiency in the ptoduction process. Poor connections show up as hot.
The electrowinning plant at Kinsevere is 400m long and contains 4 tanks of electrodes.

The CellMonitIR system consists of four thermal cameras mounted on an overhead crane which allows scanning of the entire plant and detection  of hotspots, a procedure previously done by hand.
CellMonitIR - MMG Kinsever Mine Democratic Republic of Congo
The electrowinning of copper is an electrolytic process that uses electrolysis to recover dissolved copper from solution as copper plate. THe electrodes plates are removed and replaced which can result in poor contact between the electrodes and the power supply bus bars, which causes inefficiency in the ptoduction process. Poor connections show up as hot.
The electrowinning plant at Kinsevere is 400m long and contains 4 tanks of electrodes.

The CellMonitIR system consists of four thermal cameras mounted on an overhead crane which allows scanning of the entire plant and detection  of hotspots, a procedure previously done by hand.
CellMonitIR - MMG Kinsever Mine Democratic Republic of Congo
The electrowinning of copper is an electrolytic process that uses electrolysis to recover dissolved copper from solution as copper plate. THe electrodes plates are removed and replaced which can result in poor contact between the electrodes and the power supply bus bars, which causes inefficiency in the ptoduction process. Poor connections show up as hot.
The electrowinning plant at Kinsevere is 400m long and contains 4 tanks of electrodes.

The CellMonitIR system consists of four thermal cameras mounted on an overhead crane which allows scanning of the entire plant and detection  of hotspots, a procedure previously done by hand.
CellMonitIR - MMG Kinsever Mine Democratic Republic of Congo
The electrowinning of copper is an electrolytic process that uses electrolysis to recover dissolved copper from solution as copper plate. THe electrodes plates are removed and replaced which can result in poor contact between the electrodes and the power supply bus bars, which causes inefficiency in the ptoduction process. Poor connections show up as hot.
The electrowinning plant at Kinsevere is 400m long and contains 4 tanks of electrodes.

The CellMonitIR system consists of four thermal cameras mounted on an overhead crane which allows scanning of the entire plant and detection  of hotspots, a procedure previously done by hand.
CellMonitIR - MMG Kinsever Mine Democratic Republic of Congo
Surface Defect Inspection in Steel Bars using Thermal Imagin

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Michael made working through a challenging project a surprisingly enjoyable experience. The problems that arose with this bespoke project were thought through well and clear solutions were created. I will look forward to our next collaboration.
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Flag of GB Mal M. @mal26
3 months ago
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He did everything we needed on time and communicated well. Recommended.
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Experience

R&D Engineer and Technical Director

Westplex (Pty) Ltd
May 2011 - Present
Implementation of projects and products in the industrial sector such as steel production, automobile industry, mining, petro-chemical, railtways, food and consumer products, automation, etc. Assesment of requirements, specification of solution and implementation of hardware and software solutions.

R&D Engineer

Westplex (Pty) Ltd
Apr 2001 - May 2011 (10 years, 1 month)
Implementaqtion of projects and products in the industrial sector such as steel production, automobile industry, mining, petro-chemical, railtways, food and xonsumer products, automation, etc. Assesment of requirements, specification of solution and implementation of hardware and software solutions. Management of subordinates and sub-contractors

Musician

Sugardrive
Jan 1995 - Apr 2001 (6 years, 3 months)
Composition, guitar and electronica for live and recording bands Sugardrive (https://sugardrive.bandcamp.com/) and One Mighty Atom (https://onemightyatom.bandcamp.com/) Sugardrive performed extensively through South Africa as well as in the UK and Australia, had several number on radio hits and won three South African Music awards.

Education

Bsc Electrical Engineering

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 1988 - 1994
(6 years)

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Industry
2019
Learning from many mistakes

Certified Labview Developer

National Instruments
2017
The Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) exam verifies the user’s ability to design and develop functional programs while minimizing development time and ensuring maintainability through proper documentation and style. Certified Developers can provide technical leadership to less experienced engineers, helping ensure their team is following best practices and becoming more competent and efficient LabVIEW programmers.

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