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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.

MSHA: Shooting itself and U.S mines in the foot due to out-dated legislation. The out-dated MSHA legislation that effectively prohibits refuge chambers in metal / non-metal mines, risking the lives of US miners.

MSHA’s mission statement is to ‘Promote safe and healthful workplaces for the Nation's miners.’ Instead the current legislation pertaining to refuge chambers, written back in 1977, effectively prohibits metal / non-metal mines from installing them.

MSHA 30 CFR insists refuge areas be connected to both water and compressed air lines - something a lot of underground mines in the United States operate without. MSHA metal / non-metal inspectors are therefore citing mining operations for the exclusion of these lines should a refuge chamber be installed.

PERMANENT REFUGE BAYS – MAKING SURE THEY’RE SAFE

Permanent refuge bays can offer significant advantages over portable style chambers, depending on underground conditions and working practices. They’re a common safety feature in many Australasian underground mines; however careful planning and consideration is needed to ensure they offer the level of safety required in an emergency.

As a global refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems has designed and installed permanent refuge chambers for leading mining companies in Australasia, and around the world.

Saving Lives and Saving $$$: MineARC’s New Gas and Air Detection Systems

Leading refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems, has developed two new gas detection systems that will increase both the safety and cost-effectiveness of their underground refuge chambers;

The first of which is a Carbon Monoxide Safety-Off-System (COSOS for short). The second is a Compressed Air Management Systems (CAMS); designed to significantly reduce mine air use, and therefore save on power costs.

COSOS:

MineARC Attends Mining Vietnam 2014

From 11-13 March MineARC Systems attended the ‘Mining Vietnam Exhibition’ in Hanoi.

Vietnam has a booming mining industry and its mineral endowment includes coal, bauxite, rare earths, tungsten, titanium, phosphate and iron ore.

Mine safety poses a challenge in Vietnam. In Australia for example, the annual coal output is five times that of Vietnam, with no fatal accidents reported in 2012. In the same year 28 miners unfortunately died in Vietnam.

MineARC’s Coal Mine Change-Over-Station (COS)

The MineARC Change-Over-Station (COS) is designed to aid underground personnel as they exit the mine during an emergency; providing a safe and secure ‘staging-post’ stocked with breathing apparatus, such as self-contained-self-rescuers (SCSR’s).

MineARC’s NEW Cap Lamp Range - Hyperion

MineARC Systems have introduced a new premium range of mining cap lamps.

Detailed with a distinctive green rim, the new Hyperion Range features both cordless and traditional corded cap lamps of the highest quality, durability and performance. Compact, lightweight, yet powerful and super-efficient, each lamp within the Hyperion range is designed to perform better and last longer.

MineARC Systems America delivers custom-built refuge chamber to tunneling project in Canada

Vancouver, Canada: MineARC Systems America recently delivered a refuge chamber to Caterpillar Tunneling, for the Evergreen Line tunnel project near Vancouver – an extension of Vancouver’s SkyTrain system being built for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink).

MineARC wins NCE / ITA ‘Safety Initiative of the Year’ Award

In November 2013, MineARC Systems was delighted to pick up the award for ‘Safety Initiative of the Year’ at the NCE/ITA’s gala dinner in Mayfair, London. The annual awards are organised by the New Civil Engineer and Ground Engineering magazines in conjunction with the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES). The awards celebrate the most innovative and successful projects, companies and individuals from across the global tunnelling industry.

Herrenknecht Contract MineARC for Doha Metro TBMs

TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht was recently awarded the third of four sections that will make up phase 1 of the Doha metro project in Qatar.

The German manufacturer will supply all 15 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the three sections awarded thus far. Of these 15 TBMs, 11 will be fitted with custom-engineered MineARC Emergency Refuge Chambers; providing an immediate safe-haven for workers requiring shelter in the event of a fire, a fall of ground, or similar emergency.

MineARC’s Newly Appointed European Business Development Manager

Thomas Horton is MineARC’s newly appointed Business Development Manager for Europe and the Middle East. He will be based out of our new London office.

MineARC Supplies Anglo American Greenside Colliery with COALSAFE refuge chamber

A MineARC CoalSAFE refuge chamber was delivered to Anglo American Greenside Colliery in early January.

Greenside colliery is situated 15km south-west of Witbank in Mpumalanga and forms part of the South African Coal Estates Complex (SACE), which includes Landau and Kleinkopje collieries.

The mine was established to supply coal to overseas markets through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, as well as a small quantity of coal for domestic use.

Permanent Refuge Bays – Making Sure They're Safe

Permanent refuge bays can offer significant advantages over portable style chambers, depending on underground conditions and working practices. They’re a common safety feature in many African underground mines; however careful planning and consideration is needed to ensure they offer the level of safety required in an emergency.

As a global refuge chamber specialist, MineARC Systems has designed and installed permanent refuge chambers for leading mining companies in Australia, Asia, Africa, the United States and Canada.

Permanent or Portable? The Case for Permanent Refuge Chambers

Permanent refuge chambers can often offer significant advantages over portable style chambers - depending on a range of underground conditions and working practices. Little wonder they’re becoming more commonplace throughout mines in North America.

As the world’s refuge chamber specialist – both permanent and portable - MineARC has designed and installed permanent refuge chamber solutions for leading mining companies across the United States and Canada, and the rest of the world. Companies include Barrick, Newmont, Kennecott and Newcrest, to mention a few.

MineARC; A proud sponsor of Underground Mine Rescue Competitions

Underground mine rescue competitions are a common annual event held globally around the world by many organizations. The importance of these competitions is significant in that they provide rescue personnel with the opportunity to play out real life critical rescue missions. The aim of these missions is to test the skills and knowledge of each rescue team and to improve their ability to effectively and efficiently carry out a safety rescue assignment.

MineARC introduce the latest and most advanced toilet system for the mining industry; The EnviroLAV

Designed to be simple to operate and maintain, the EnviroLAV is a semipermanent structure that can be used both above and below ground wherever there is access to compressed air and potable water.

African Service Department in Full Swing

MineARC Systems now has a dedicated service team based in Africa, servicing the entire African continent.

A team of full-time service technicians are based at our Johannesburg premises, and ready to trouble shoot issues and respond to queries on the spot, over the phone - making time difference no longer an issue.

MineARC service technicians will be available for onsite servicing and maintenance and spare parts will be available from within Africa, allowing us to greatly improve the efficiency and turnaround of our local servicing commitments.

MineARC Supplies Anglo American Greenside Colliery

A MineARC CoalSAFE refuge chamber was delivered to Anglo American Greenside Colliery in early January.

Greenside colliery is situated 15km south-west of Witbank in Mpumalanga and forms part of the South African Coal Estates Complex (SACE), which includes Landau and Kleinkopje collieries.

The mine was established to supply coal to overseas markets through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, as well as a small quantity of coal for domestic use.

MineARC win Safety Initiative of the Year at the International Tunnelling Awards

MineARC Systems are proud to announce our success in winning the 2013 International Tunneling Award for Safety Initiative of the Year - announced at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on Tuesday 26th November.

MineARC General Manager, Mike Lincoln: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and industry partners for their business and support over the years.”

MineARC introduce the latest and most advanced toilet system for the mining industry; The EnviroLAV

Designed to be simple to operate and maintain, the EnviroLAV is a semipermanent structure that can be used both above and below ground wherever there is access to compressed air and portable water.

MineARC Systems show their support at mine rescue competitions throughout Australia

MineARC were proud sponsors of the West Australian and Tasmanian mine rescue competitions in the latter part of 2013.

MineARC representatives attended the CME 2013 Underground Mine Emergency Response Competition in Western Australia between 1st to 3rd November - an event we’re proud to have sponsored 9 years running!

The event was held at KCGM Mt Charlotte where twelve teams took to the competition. The location was significant because it was the 50th anniversary of the Mount Charlotte underground mine.

MineARC Systems Reach New Milestone

In 2014, MineARC reached a company milestone, with the sale of its 1000th refuge chamber - MA1000.

MineARC has been operating since 1999 and has grown from a local Perth based business servicing the local WA mining industry, to a global enterprise with offices in all parts of the world, and sales to over 45 countries.

Chamber MA001 (MA stands for ‘Mine-ARC’ for those that hadn’t guessed!) was the company’s first refuge chamber, built as a prototype project together with West Australian Agnew Gold Mine.

Meet the MineARC Service Team: Neil Woodington

Meet Neil Woodington, Service Technician at MineARC Systems. Neil has taken time out to answer some questions about the service team, his role and a little about himself.

Position:
Service Technician – servicing, repair, and maintenance of MineARC refuge chambers underground.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learnt about the industry since starting at MineARC?:
The whole process on how the product is extracted, and that Boggers (big front end loaders) can be operated remotely – that was cool.

Servicing in Africa

Following the launch of our new facility in Johannesburg on October 9 2013, MineARC Systems will now be able to provide improved service offerings to our African based clients.

A dedicated service team of MineARC trained service technicians will be on the ground and on-hand in Africa. Trouble shooting issues can now be handled on the spot, over the phone, making time difference no longer an issue. Service technicians will be available for onsite servicing and maintenance and spare parts will be available from Africa, allowing us to greatly improve the efficiency of our local servicing.