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Newtrax Awarded Patent from USPTO for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Warning

Newtrax Technologies Inc. awarded U.S. Patent for Collision Avoidance & Proximity Warning

Montreal, QC – March 28, 2016 — The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Newtrax Technologies Inc., the leading provider of safety and operations management systems to the global underground hard rock mining industry, Patent No. 9,566,908 for “Context-Aware Collision Avoidance Devices and Collision Avoidance System”. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2013.

Newtrax’s flagship MineProx system which is deployed on all continents is based on this patented technology which was specifically developed to reduce the risk of collisions between machines and pedestrians in underground hard rock mechanized mines.

Unique features protected by this patent which was also filed internationally (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Russia, China and Australia) include:

  • Use of emergency buttons on cap lamps to request emergency stops from operators
  • Detection of unconscious man/woman down to request emergency stops from operators
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms from passengers in vehicles and pedestrians in safe zones
  • Filtering of nuisance alarms from parked equipment
  • System integrity monitoring process

“This US patent consolidates our global patent protection for the cornerstone technology of our safety systems” said Alexandre Cervinka, President & CEO of Newtrax Technologies Inc.

Newtrax’s current portfolio of global patents and patents pending include several innovations specific to safety and operations management in underground hard rock mines.

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Join us at the 2017 PDAC International Convention March 5-8!

Join us at the 2017 PDAC International Convention March 5-8!

PDAC 2017

Join us for a chat in Toronto next week at PDAC, the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance.

PDAC 2017: March 5 – 8

 

We’re excited to be meeting with our friends and industry peers next week at the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange.

Our two North American sales representatives, Craig Banks and Joe Heit, will be present at the Conference. Please don’t hesitate to contact them to book a meeting or for any questions on how we can help increase safety and productivity in your mine.

Cbanks@newtrax.com

Jheit@newtrax.com

St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora

Brisbane, Australia – February, 2017 —  Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of safety and productivity management systems for underground hard rock mines announced it has been selected by St Barbara Leonora Operations to supply and install a Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

After conducting an extensive tender evaluation of several vendors, St Barbara will roll out Newtrax’s MineHop™ MineTrax™ and MineProx™ solutions as their latest Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

MineHop, Newtrax’s flagship solution, is unique in its ability to provide wireless connectivity to the most critical part of the mining process: the face. This enables mine operators to identify in real-time the bottlenecks that could be preventing them from getting the face utilization they need to achieve maximum productivity.

MineTrax is an application that uses the RF signals from the MineHop network infrastructure and mobile terminals to determine the position of all people on foot (via the monitoring of cap lamps) as well as vehicles (through the monitoring of vehicle devices).

MineProx, Newtrax’s cutting-edge Proximity Warning System utilizes 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 bogger (LHD) 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.

 

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Newtrax to Present at the SME 2017 Annual Conference

Newtrax will be presenting at the SME 2017 Annual Conference

SME annual conference

Newtrax will be highlighted at this year’s edition of the SME Annual Conference on February 21 at 3:25 p.m. Room 610

The ultimate safety goal for every mining company is achieving a zero-incident work environment. One issue that consistently ranks as a major risk by the mining industry is the potential for collisions between underground mobile equipment and pedestrians.

At this year’s Annual SME Conference, Newtrax is excited to be presenting “Proximity Detection with Reduced Nuisance Alarms, Purpose-Built for Underground Hard Rock Mines” to showcase to our peers the best-adapted Proximity Warning solution for underground hard mines and the ways that this system can save lives and help reduce unnecessary costs.

Please join us on February 21st, at 3:25 p.m. Room 610 as we present the many ways that MineProx can increase safety in underground mines with no interruptions to the mining operations.

Our two North American sales representatives, Craig Banks and Joe Heit, will be present at the Conference. Please don’t hesitate to contact them to book a meeting or for any questions on how we can help increase safety in your mine.

Cbanks@newtrax.com

Jheit@newtrax.com

Ramp Congestion

Reducing Ramp Congestion: MineProx Right-of-Way

Reducing Ramp Congestion: MineProx Right-of-Way feature

With Newtrax I’ve visited many underground mines and while each site is different, the most consistent observation I’ve made has been the impact of traffic congestion in ramps. Typically, I observe congestion as a passenger in a light truck that encounters a loaded haul truck moving material to an ore pass, waste location, or to surface. Without advanced warning, a haul truck may have to slow or stop to provide the light truck opportunity to reverse into a safety bay or crosscut. The impact of this encounter is obvious – lost productivity due to increased cycle times, higher costs from higher fuel burn, equipment wear, and so on – all impacting operational performance. In a recent case, a client reported an average loss of 50 minutes per truck due to congestion each shift!

Ramp Congestion

Despite advances in mining practices and technology, vehicular congestion in underground mines around the world remains a major production bottleneck and continues to cost the mining industry significantly. Efforts to improve congestion using radios, traffic signals and other such solutions have led to fewer accidents, safer mines and improved traffic flow. However, in some cases, these same solutions have caused secondary issues such as convoys where slow moving vehicles leading a convey can slow progress in ramps for all other vehicles in pursuit.

A new feature from Newtrax has been helping improve traffic in ramps and is now available as part of the popular MineProx proximity detection system. MineProx has been used for many years to enhance situation awareness, to help miners avoid collisions, and to save lives in mines around the world. The system uses 900 MHz radio frequency (RF) technology to detect vehicles and pedestrians (via a RF chip embedded in cap lamps) which detects proximity at farther distances and in more complex geometries than alternative solutions; even working in curving ramps and in outside line-of-sight. Since the system is peer-to-peer, inclusion of all vehicles is immediate and there is no downtime associated with network outages resulting from infrastructure.

The new MineProx Right-of-Way (ROW) feature allows the operator of loaded equipment or emergency vehicles to signal ROW status (left in image above). Once ROW is signaled, all vehicles within RF range will be warned of an approaching ROW with a visual cue (right in image above). One result I obtained during a recent underground demo in a curving ramp revealed advanced warning of between 15-20 seconds before the headlights of the haul truck were visible. With an extra 15-20 seconds, many light/heavy vehicles encounters can be solved in advance, meaning loaded haul tuck delays will be less frequent.

How much of an improvement could you expect? Want to see a demo of the solution at your mine? Please give me a call/email so we can work through the particularities of your mine/ramp/haulage to understand the impact of MineProx ROW features on your operations.

Craig Banks | +1 514 360 3724 | cbanks@newtrax.com

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

Newtrax Release 7.0

Newtrax Release 7.0

With this latest release, the biggest addition is the introduction of the Newtrax-Enabled Brando Personal Safety Device.

7.0 also includes a new payload feature for monitoring of load scales, the mobile equipment activity widget, a new look and feel for enhanced user experience and more.

Newtrax-Enabled Brando Personal Safety Device

The Brando PSD is the first device of its kind in the market to support a wide range of safety and production features including Proximity Warning, Location Tracking, Evacuation Notification and more.

  • 30% lighter, much brighter, wider spot, brighter outer ring
  • Improved LCD display for user interface
  • Three form factor options all utilizing one charging station: cordless, semi corded, and corded

— MineTrax —

MineTrax Payload Feature

The MineTrax system integrates with mobile equipment scales to ensure that every bucket load and truck load is full before being transported to its destination. This is done by using high precision onboard loader scales that relay information through Newtrax’s MineHop network to the surface about the quantity of material being moved from point A to point B as it is happening in real time.

With the ability to accurately monitor the weight being transported, mine operators will be able to increase the loads to the maximum capacity and in turn be more efficient.

— MineFace —

Mobile equipment widget

Mobile equipment activity can now be displayed as a dashboard widget with a graph option.

— MineHop —

External DC power on nodes

Wireless nodes can now be powered by AC or DC current as well as running off battery power only.

The input could be:
AC, range from 85 to 305 VAC;
DC, range from 4.5 to 18 VCD

For more information on the features released in Newtrax 7.0, please contact support@newtrax.com

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

Newtrax Selected By Ernest Henry Mining for Labour and Equipment Monitoring System

Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mining Selects Newtrax Solutions

We are very happy to announce that Newtrax has been selected by Ernest Henry Mining, a Glencore company, to supply and install a Labour and Equipment Monitoring System.
Located 38 kilometres north east of Cloncurry in north west Queensland, Australia, Ernest Henry is an underground copper and gold mining and processing operation.

After conducting an extensive tender evaluation of several vendors, Ernest Henry will trial Newtrax’s MineHop™ MineTrax™ and MineProx™ solutions as their latest Labour & Equipment Monitoring System. MineHop, Newtrax’s flagship solution, is unique in its ability to provide wireless connectivity to the most critical part of the mining process: the face. This enables mine operators to identify in real-time the bottlenecks that could be preventing them from getting the face utilization they need to achieve maximum productivity. MineTrax™ is an application that uses the RF signals from the MineHop network infrastructure and mobile terminals to determine the position of all people on foot (via the monitoring of cap lamps) as well as vehicles (through the monitoring of vehicle devices). MineProx, Newtrax’s cutting-edge Proximity Warning System utilizes 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 bogger 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. Once implemented, all three solutions will work in tandem to provide Ernest Henry Mining with valuable tools and information to improve operational performance.

“Newtrax is rapidly growing its footprint in Australia,” said Charlie Forrest, VP Strategic Accounts, Newtrax “given current market conditions, the selection by Ernest Henry reinforces the importance of Production and Safety Solutions to reduce bottlenecks and operational costs, and ensuring zero incidents in mines in the region.”

© Photo courtesy of Glencore