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.
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’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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.”
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 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.
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.
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.