Enhanced Safety in Underground mining

Enhanced safety in underground mining

The mining industry has come under increased scrutiny over the safety of personnel in mines and the prevention of  situations which contravene the requirements of Sections 54 and 55 of the Mine’s Health & Safety’s Act (MHSA). The drive for enhanced safety in underground mining has initiated the advent of advanced products and information systems that have pioneered the era of underground intelligent mine safety systems.

Schauenburg Systems (Pty) Ltd, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for mine safety, offers the services of a system integrator with comprehensive turnkey solutions including the full bouquet of multi-disciplinary services and program management methods required to ensure a successful and cost effective solution for the full spectrum of mine safety solutions and management.

Schauenburg’s successful design, manufacturing and implementation of products have given them the experience and assurance to offer real solutions at competitive prices. With great emphasis on all-in-one systems and solutions they define their goals and introduce a world-class electronic product range for Health and Safety for underground mining.

Schauenburg’s ability to design innovative electronic products utilizing cutting edge technologies allow them to not only focus on products but also the integration of turnkey communication systems and solutions. The range of equipment supplied by Schauenburg includes intelligent instrumentation, gas detection, safety enhanced caplamps, computerised radio relayed monitoring, safety systems, radio communication, anti-collision systems and more. Continuous research and development, state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities as well as an international distribution and technical service network enables Schauenburg Systems to serve the international mining and tunnelling markets together with other industries to the highest professional standard. Regular interaction and liaison with their clients as well as technology suppliers ensures that state-of-the-art products are of the highest quality. Schauenburg focuses on modern electronic technologies in order to set standards in international health and safety applications for underground mining.

Schauenburg’s acclaimed “MIMACS” System (Mine Wide Integrated Monitoring and Control System) addresses multiple safety concerns within the underground mining discipline. The integrated system typically offered consists of:

  • New generation caplamps including wireless and digital communication, worn by the underground worker
  • PTC miner’s caplamp (paging facility: communication between PTC caplamps and Control room)Portable gas detection instruments with “real time” communication up-linksSentinel Handheld Gas Detection Instrument
  • Lamproom and Asset Management System
  • Real time personnel location, distress call function and short text messaging
  • Real time asset management and control
  • Verification and live reporting of vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian systems deployment.

Schauenburg has designed and engineered its offering to the mines to be modular in concept and application. Any system can be easily modified to meet mine and site-specific requirements.

A key feature of Schauenburg’s MIMACS offering is its SCAS II Collision Avoidance System, providing early perimeter warning notification and a stop and/or crawl feature that gives vehicle operators and pedestrians a head start in deciding how to manoeuvre before a critical decision is required. A distinct benefit of Schauenburg’s SCAS II Collision Avoidance System module above other systems offered is that the system is fully compatible to integrate with all other MIMACS modules.

Another feature of the MIMACS System is its Lamproom and Asset Management System. The LMS/AMS is a comprehensive database and software suite that offers a total management solution ensuring compliance with DMR regulations regarding all Lamp Room operations. The system enhances both safety and security of the daily operations. An extensive variety of reports are available that include amongst many others a daily exception report and backup shaft clearance report. The system configuration also offers remote client access which allows management staff to generate these reports from the comfort of their offices.

Full Maintenance agreements, ensure that the equipment supplied to the mine remains to be in good working condition at all times. The technical support teams at Schauenburg Systems undergo stringent technical training to ensure the highest standard of workmanship especially where lifesaving equipment is involved.