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.
The team of full-time service technicians are the ground and on-hand, 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.
MineARC has developed a far simpler, more cost-effective chemical solution for your refuge chamber’s scrubbing system – MARCISORB chemical cartridges. Upgrade your chambers and save!
Whilst ‘free pour’ chemicals are still a safe and sufficient means for scrubbing the air inside the refuge chamber, MineARC’s new chemical cartridges are a more advanced, more convenient option for sites with Series 1, 2 and 3 HRM refuge chambers, that over the long run also save money.
The regular 4 monthly servicing of your refuge chambers is an important task that can’t be left to just anyone! All site personnel servicing chambers with Remote Service Packs (RSPs) first need to enroll and become certified via our FREE, one-day Service School!
The Export Awards are Western Australia’s most prestigious business awards, coordinated by the Department of Commerce, and celebrating their 25th year at Friday’s award ceremony in Perth (25 October).
At which, MineARC Systems was delighted to receive the ‘Manufacturer of the Year Award’ for the third time (having previously won in 2010 and 2012). The third year win now enters MineARC into the awards Hall of Fame alongside names such as Rio Tonto and Divex.
MineARC Systems has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s ITA Awards (International Tunnelling Association) in the category of ‘Leading Safety Initiative’. The winners will be announced on the 25th November in London.
The Arabian Tunnelling Conference and Exhibition (ATC) will take place on the 10th and 11th of December in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This prestigious conference is the first ever ITA event (International Tunnelling Association) to take place in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dubai is fast becoming a major capital city of the world, with its population having doubled in the last decade due to widespread planning and execution of its ever-growing infrastructure.
At MineARC we recently celebrated the launch of our new home in Africa – our new offices and manufacturing facility located in the suburb of North Riding, Johannesburg. We were delighted to have so many industry friends, clients and colleagues in attendance as we marked a special day for the company.
His Excellency, Mr. Graeme Wilson, High Commissioner for Australia and Ambassador to South Africa officially opened the facility and addressed those in attendance, including leading figures from the local African mining industry, local government and the media.
Tying in with the launch of our new home in Africa, MineARC is pleased to announce major sales in the region – to South African based Anglo American Coal and Sibanye Gold.
A major contract to supply Anglo American’s New Denmark Colliery with 17 MineARC CoalSAFE refuge chambers was agreed in August this year, and served as a catalyst in MineARC’s decision to commit long term to the region and establish our new facility here in Johannesburg.
The contract with Anglo will see the staged deployment of the CoalSAFE chambers at New Denmark over the next 3 months, to December 2013.
MineARC Systems America sponsored and exhibited at the 2013 National Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition, July 30-August 1, 2013 in Reno, Nevada.
Rob Frashefski and Scott Sweatt attended the event, showcasing the MineARC Series IV refuge chamber and Rescue Dog emergency through-the-earth (TTE) communications system to 31 mine rescue teams, MSHA personnel and attendees from around the United States.
MineARC also sponsored a trophy at the event; the 4th Place First Aid trophy was presented by Scott Sweatt, to Barrick Goldstrike, during the awards banquet held after the event.
James Rau, United States General Manager for MineARC recently presented a white paper at the 23rd World Mining Conference in Montreal, Quebec. The paper addressed the fundamental requirements for life support inside a refuge chamber. Specifically, the critical need for a secondary breathable air system that operates autonomously from external services. The paper presented results from an independent human test performed by MineARC on a refuge chamber that excluded all life support systems.
MineARC General Manager James Rau and Business Development Manager Rob Frashefski attend the July 2013 California Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) Review Board meeting in Costa Mesa, California.
MineARC currently has an application with the State of California to revise section 8425(j) of the Tunnel Safety Orders to specify additional standards for underground refuge chambers.
Underground mine rescue competitions are a common annual event held regularly by many States throughout Australia and globally around the world. 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.
Position: Service Coordinator – I coordinate all site service and training visits, provide quotations for services and parts, compile reports and assist the Service Manager in his day-to-day tasks and projects.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learnt about the industry since starting at MineARC?
MineARC refuge chambers are serviced by MineARC’s own Service Technicians or certified on-site staff. On-site staff are either trained by a MineARC Service Technician at site or through the MineARC Service School located at our head office in Welshpool, Western Australia.
Training once completed the trainee is certified to maintain and service MineARC’s refuge systems in the field.
Remote Service Packs (RSPs or ‘Service Kits’) may then be ordered and used to perform regular refuge servicing, as an alternative to having a MineARC technician come out to site.
MineARC Systems are pleased to offer clients the option to upgrade their existing PLP (powerless portable) chambers to the latest mine refuge technology, our new range of HRM ELVP chambers (Hard Rock Mine-Extra Low Voltage Portable).