Gearing your Lamproom for Today’s Safety Requirements

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). Safety is a key concern within the mining industry and outsourcing Lamproom management to the OEM’s in terms of health and safety is a viable and preferred option. This has increased the momentum for advanced products and information systems that have pioneered the way for transformation of the Lamproom function, where it was traditionally used as an “issue of lamps centre” to miners going underground. The Lamproom has evolved into a verification and safety command centre for the control and monitoring/reporting of personnel, safety equipment, legislated requirements and best practices in the mining industry.

The traditional and modest Lamproom has developed into a sophisticated “Safety Control Terminal” (SCT).

Safety systems within the Safety Control Terminal will verify that all safety critical equipment which are subjected to functional testing are in good working order before allowing access to the underground environment. Furthermore, a person can be contained in the Lamproom if he/she does not return all their equipment after a shift. The system therefore enhances both safety and security of the daily operations of personnel and equipment. An extensive variety of reports are available that include amongst others, a daily exception report on various pieces of equipment, a backup shaft clearance report as well as allocation and failure reports. The system configuration also offers remote or web-based access which allows management staff as well as mining regulatory bodies (DMR) to generate these reports from any location linked to the internet.

Schauenburg Systems (Pty) Ltd, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of equipment 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 methodologies required to ensure a successful and cost effective solution for the full spectrum of Lamproom solutions and management.

The integrated system offered by Schauenburg Systems would typically consist of:

  • Caplamps including wireless and digital communication,
  • Portable gas detection instruments with “real time” communication up-links,
  • 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,
  • Central information and reporting hub for engineering safety preparedness, as a comprehensive management reporting tool to cater for all Lamproom requirements as imposed by the mining regulatory bodies (DMR).

Schauenburg Systems has designed and engineered its offering to the mines to be modular in concept and application. The system can be easily modified to meet mine and site-specific requirements. Schauenburg Systems also offers a complete solution of the layout and design of the SCT. Production is of core value to the mine, and the SCT is designed in such a way that miners can start and end their shifts with no interference or hold up in the SCT.

The increasing complexity of South African mining, results in a greater need for more skilled personnel in the management of the Safety Control Terminal and associated equipment. Schauenburg Systems (Pty) Ltd recognises the need for specialised skills in order to operate and maintain such systems. A trained workforce that leverages OEM expertise provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace and reduces the risk to the mine for operational safety. Skills development programmes have been established to ensure that site personnel are competent to accept ownership and responsibility of the requirements of the Safety Control Terminal.

BBBEE Empowerment of Schauenburg Systems

Schauenburg Systems (Pty) Ltd, in keeping with their transformation strategy to ensure compliance, restructured its business as of 1 January 2015. With the establishment of the Schauenburg Education Trust it fulfils the Mining Charter requirement of a 25.1% black ownership.

The Schauenburg Education Trust was also created to participate in the socioeconomic transformation of South Africa, by providing young black students with the opportunity to further their studies in the fields of Economics, Electronics and Engineering by means of educational bursaries.

Schauenburg Systems who is part of the Schauenburg International – Africa Group acknowledges Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an important component of its corporate citizenship and as such believes in the sustainable development of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities. It therefore focuses on projects and initiatives in the areas of education and training.

The Schauenburg Group in South Africa furthermore regards training of its own employees as a major obligation. It recently also joined the German Chamber’s C.A.T.S. (The Commercial Advancement Training Scheme) programme, which is based on an integrated learning system, where students integrate theoretical studies with practical experience in the work place. The Schauenburg International – Africa Group also has a number of interns from the University of Johannesburg and Denel Dynamics who are gaining vital workplace experience in our companies.

Florian Schauenburg, CEO of the Germany based Schauenburg International Group, expressed his desire to contribute to the upliftment of education in South Africa: “Skilled labour is the precondition of our long-term success in South Africa. As an entrepreneurial family business, headquartered in Germany, we are committed to the growth of business and social responsibility which only goes hand in hand with the growth of our staff. In Germany we already established a trust nearly 30 years ago, supporting academic projects and encouraging young people in their vocational training. Since 1990, the Foundation has been giving out awards geared towards the promotion of up-and-coming technological and scientific talent in the region each year. .”

The Schauenburg Group in South Africa is committed to transformation and regards CSR as a component of its business practice ensuring sustainable success. The company has been recently awarded a Level 5 on the BEE scorecard.

Schauenburg Systems contributes to school upliftment

[caption id="attachment_625" align="alignleft" width="640"]Khatlamping Primary School (Left to right): Mrs. Maruma, Principal, Khatlamping Primary School; Chantal Churchill, Corporate Communications Manager, Schauenburg Systems; Raymond Mafokeng, Duty Principal, Khatlamping Primary School; Dieter Kovar, Executive Managing Director, Schauenburg Systems; Farida Akbur, Transformation Manager, Schauenburg Systems and the grade 6 pupils of Khatlamping Primary School.[/caption]

 

Schauenburg Systems acknowledges social responsibility as an important component of its corporate citizenship and as such believe in the sustainable development of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Schauenburg Systems will therefore focus on projects and initiatives in the areas of education and training. The Schauenburg Group in South Africa regards training of its own employees as a major obligation. It also recently joined the German Chamber’s C.A.T.S. (The Commercial Advancement Training Scheme) programme. The programme is based on an integrated learning system, where students integrate theoretical studies with practical experience in the work place. The Schauenburg International – Africa Group also has a number of interns from the University of Johannesburg and Denel Dynamics who are gaining vital workplace experience in our companies.

This year three schools in the communities where Schauenburg Systems operates were identified, and an amount of R55, 000 was donated to each of the following schools for upgrading their infrastructure:

  • Khatlamping Primary School, in Tembisa: for the upgrade of the school library.
  • Edenpark Secondary School, in Alberton: for the refurbishment of the computer room and upgrade of computers.
  • Boikagong Primary School, In Rustenburg: for the upgrade of the school computers and laptops.

Mrs. Maruma, Principal of Khatlamping Primary School said with much enthusiasm, “The upgrading of the School library will be very beneficial to our students. It will enable them to do the research they need, to further their academic possibilities.”

Dieter Kovar, Executive Managing Director of Schauenburg Systems stated, “Our Company is committed to playing a responsible role in society through active corporate citizenship and social development and has a roadmap to drive transformation.”

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.