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The Annual MineARC Engineering Conference

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November marks a very important event for MineARC; our Annual MineARC Engineers Conference.

Combating Heat Stress in Underground Mines

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Heat stress has long been a cause for concern throughout the underground mining industry, experienced as a result of the relatively narrow range of climatic conditions within which the unprotected human body can operate efficiently. It occurs when heat is absorbed into the body faster than it can be lost.

Client Upgrade Assist: PLP to ELVP Upgrades

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MineARC’s Extra Low Voltage Portable (HRM-ELVP) represents four years of technological advancements to the original, tried and true PLP design.

Zambia Embraces Safe Refuge Procedures

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In June of this year, Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia experienced a truck fire in one of their underground maintenance bays, obstructing all exit paths for miners working on that level. With no safe refuge available on-site, the incident resulted in the hospitalisation of 80 miners due to severe smoke inhalation. Fortunately there were no fatal injuries.

The EnviroLAV: Improving Sanitation in Africa Through Proper Waste Management

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Access to clean toilets and hand washing facilities are vital to the healthy development and survival of a community. Current waste disposal practices across Africa pose a serious health risk, contaminating water resources used for drinking, cooking and other domestic activities.

Flash Back | MineARC Wins Landmark Petrochemical Deal with BP China

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In 2012, MineARC Systems was commissioned to design and manufacture the first ever industrial Petro Chemical safe haven for use in China, with a custom built unit for BP’s Zhuhai operation. This arrangement represented a significant step towards improved industrial safety standards in China’s petro chemical industry.

The EnviroLAV: Improving Sanitation Through Proper Waste Management

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Access to clean toilets and hand washing facilities are vital to the healthy development and survival of a community, however across South East Asia, adequate sanitation is failing to keep up with the region’s rapid population growth. 2010 saw over one billion people without improved sanitation, some 30 million more than in 1990.

The Rock Bolt Cutter: Hydraulically Powered. Safer Operation.

Electra 2014 a Success for MineARC

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MineARC wrapped up another very successful expo at Electra Mining Expo on Friday 19th September. It was a week of non-stop networking, meetings and exhibiting our products to a knock out crowd of over 860 exhibitors and a whopping 40,000 delegates.

Rescue Competitions: Their Importance in the Mining Industry

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MineARC Systems has been actively involved in Mine Rescue competitions both within Australia and Internationally for several years. These events provide a great forum for sharing skills and industry-leading operating procedures, not to mention valuable networking opportunities for all those involved.

International Mines Rescue Competition, Poland

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During September of this year Tommy Horton, MineARC’s European Business Development Manager, made his way to Bytom, Poland for this year’s biennial International Mines Rescue Competition.

This event is held every two years in a different country (2012 was the Ukraine and 2016 will be Germany) and attracts teams from mine Emergency response teams from around the world.

Opinion Piece: The Coal Mine Refuge Chamber Debate

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Iain Anderson, General Manager of Çayeli Bakır.

Another Win in Doha as Herrenknecht Strikes Gold

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TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht has been awarded the fourth and final section of Phase One of the Doha Metro Project, an integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP).

MineARC Chamber Servicing - Why the Big Fuss?

The EnviroLAV: MineARC's Low Maintenance, Portable Toilet

MineARC and Freeport McMoran Grasberg Minerals District Operations

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Over the past financial year, MineARC and Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) have been working together on FCX’s West Papuan asset expansion plans in the minerals district of Grasberg. Freeport-McMoRan, a leading international natural resources company with headquarters in Arizona, operates one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits in their Grasberg operation.

MineARC Systems Exhibit at Electra Mining Africa 2014

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MineARC Systems will once again be exhibiting at this year’s Electra Mining Expo, Stand OSP4.

On display will be MineARC’s flagship HRM Series IV Refuge Chamber plus the Extra Low Voltage Portable (HRM-ELVP) Refuge Chamber, designed for remote areas of the mine.

MineARC Push for Stricter Guidelines in South Africa

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Guidelines for refuge chambers are present in South Africa. However, they are vague and lack vital standards for adequate life support systems.

EXPOMIN 2014

MineARC Systems would like to thank those that visited us at our stand at EXPOMIN 2014.

This year at EXPOMIN we were excited to display a permanent refuge bay and solutions for underground safety zones, excavations and break/rest areas. We received great feedback from interested parties.

There is a growing industry trend towards large scale permanent refuge chambers. Their acceptance has been born out of multiple successful real life uses during underground emergencies such as fires and collapses.

Why Service Your Refuge Chamber?

One of an underground miner’s worst fears is an incident where they could potentially end up trapped. During several real life emergencies, where MineARC Refuge Chambers were used, it was comforting to know that in all cases the refuge chambers had been properly maintained. Regular and correct maintenance provides both miners and management alike, assurance that the refuge chamber is 100% capable of protecting life until help arrives.