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Quebec Mines Conference 2016 and Newtrax Technologies

Newtrax Technologies is excited to be attending the Quebec Mines Conference 2016. Our team will present its groundbreaking innovations in safety mining equipment to industry experts and future customers.

Quebec Mines Conference

 

Our team in the Montreal headquarters  is thrilled to see familiar faces from the industry and is eager to meet new clients and build trustworthy, long-lasting relationships.  We will be showing how our products work and how we differentiate ourselves from other underground mining safety solutions.

 

Safety is the most important aspect of underground hard rock mining and Newtrax holds the most reliable solutions in the market. Our team is constantly improving our products and persistently looking for new products that could help mining companies increase productivity all the while keeping the workers safe.

 

During the Quebec Mines Conference, companies from all over the the country will be introducing their products and showing how their products and innovations are unique in their own way. We are proud to be a part of the conference. Find out more about the Quebec Mines Conference here.

 

Our team will be happy to explain the specifics of our patented technology, so do not hesitate to contact us at sales@newtrax.com to arrange a meeting. newtraxlogo-small-1-400x108

Agnico Eagle Sustainable Development Report

MineProx featured in Agnico Eagle Sustainable Development Report

Sustainable Development Report, Agnico Eagle

 

The Sustainable Development Report by Agnico Eagle has been published on their website and features an article on page 37 on the MineProx Proximity Warning System pilot they conducted at their GoldEx mine in Val D’Or, Quebec.

 

Improving Underground Pedestrian Safety

 

The ultimate safety goal for any mining company is achieving a zero-incident work environment. The industry has made great strides in improving its performance by assessing risks, measuring performance, training employees, rewarding achievement and adopting best practices.

One issue that has consistently been ranked as a major risk by our industry and our own operations is the potential for collisions between underground mobile equipment and pedestrians. In 2015, our Goldex mine piloted a new underground safety monitoring system – MineProx™ by Newtrax – to test
its ability to improve the detection of people working in blind spots, enhance operator situational awareness and contribute to a safer workplace. Dany Cloutier, Goldex’s Health and Safety Advisor, and Guillaume Lachapelle, Agnico Eagle’s Corporate Director of Health, Safety and Security, discuss the findings to date.

“We decided to test this system after we experienced several near miss situations between mobile equipment and pedestrians across our mine sites,” says Dany. “Goldex was mandated to carry out the pilot and share our findings with all Agnico Eagle mines – to see if it is a good solution to this problem.” MineProx™ by Newtrax is a proximity warning and collision avoidance system specially designed for underground hard

rock mines. It uses radio frequencies (RF) to detect individuals, vehicles and hazards underground, using a vehicle proximity transceiver-dashboard display panel; cap lamps with RF badges that emit signals; and fixed hazard beacons. “We conducted a series of tests to evaluate MineProx’s effectiveness including fixed hazard detection and emergency stop response, parked vehicle detection, signal distance, nuisance alarm, and proximity warning – that is, its ability to detect individuals working in blindspots and around corners.” When an operator receives advance warning of a vehicle or person’s presence he can slow down or stop the vehicle as required. It is strictly a decision support tool for the operator – in no circumstances does the system take control of the vehicle. A pedestrian concerned about getting hit can also push the emergency button on his cap lamp to send an emergency stop signal to all operators in the area. This can also be used as a signal in case of mine evacuation.

According to Guillaume, “We’re always looking for ways to improve our overall safety performance and this could be a new tool to help us prevent accidents and reduce collision risks underground. This is consistently cited as a high risk in our risk register and in our ongoing safety analysis. We already have training, procedures, processes and rules to avoid these situations, but we decided to go one step further. However, whenever you are investing in technology, you need to make sure it is reliable and can actually perform properly in an underground environment. The bottom line is we need to ensure it can detect people and vehicles in different situations and con-figurations in order to improve underground pedestrian safety. We are reviewing the test results to date and we anticipate making a decision later in 2016 on whether to implement the system over the next few years across Agnico Eagle,” Guillaume concludes.

Agnico Eagle Sustainable Development Report
One Day Demo in Kittilä Finland

One Day Demo: Agnico Eagle, Kittilä – MineProx

One Day Demo: MineProx - Agnico Eagle, Kittilä

One of our most recent One Day Demos (ODD) was performed in the Lapland region of Northern Finland at Agnico Eagle’s Kittilä gold mine, the largest gold mine in Europe.

 

The system that was requested for this demo was MineProx, the Newtrax adhoc peer-to-peer network designed for proximity detection of pedestrians and vehicles.

 

The process is broken down into 6 simple steps:

1. Arrival on site

2. Discussion on expected results and identifying levels to conduct tests

3. Installation of unite underground

4. Testing of scenarios

5. Recovery of deployed solution

6. Discussion on findings

MineProx One Day Demo

Whenever people need to work around big mining equipment, keeping them safe is a top priority. MineProx allows for the detection of pedestrians, trucks, and any obstacles that may come in the way of an LHD bucket, which is a blind spot that can’t be covered with cameras.

MineProx  utilises sub-GHz RF technology to create a peer-to-peer network of vehicles and miners. Not only will it give out proximity warnings, the system can also be used to alert scoop operators that a truck is on its way even before it appears in its line of sight, enabling operators to prepare for the truck and improve mine production.

MineProx  is unique in its ability to reduce risk of collisions in underground mines by taking into consideration traffic as well fixed hazards, especially in intersections. Coupled with its Right-Of-Way patent-pending solution that reduces contention problems, MineProx  offers a unique added value by not only enhancing safety in the underground mines but also optimizing production.

The MineProx  proximity warning system was designed specifically to reduce the risk of collisions between:

  1. Vehicles and personnel
  2. Vehicles and vehicles
  3. Vehicles and fixed hazards

No network infrastructure is required underground for this solution. The only infrastructure required is a “MineHop” hot spot in the cap lamp room to enable the start of shift testing of personal safety devices and for end-of-shift data collection about near-miss events. With the MineProx™  system, a miner just needs to turn off one’s cap lamp, and he will be out of the system. It also serves as a personal safety device that can alert others if a miner is down, meaning he is injured or incapable of moving.

In order to warn of obstacles, the MineProx™  system comes with Fixed Hazard Proximity Beacons which are placed on fixed plant and stationary equipment that will provide warnings to operators. It can also be used to mark loose ground, dangerous intersections, and open holes.

To request a demo for your mine and see how simple our solutions are to install and use, please contact sales@newtrax.com