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EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 – Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

EMESRT Level 9 - Intervention Controls for Collision Avoidance

In February 2015, the government of South Africa made unprecedented news when it amended the Mine Health and Safety Act, placing regulations related to mine machinery and equipment.

From 2004‐2009, 35% of fatalities at mine sites were due to vehicle interaction incidents and 53% of these involved pedestrians. In response to this data, South Africa’s amendment to their policies required employers to take reasonable and practicable measures ensuring pedestrians are prevented from injury from collisions with trackless mobile machines.

Despite South Africa’s response to the need for safer mines, the discussion to improve safety in mines began nearly a decade earlier between mine operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Mining companies recognized that OEMs can and have demonstrated improvements in equipment designs, especially when they have understood the operational and maintenance risks from the customer perspective. In 2005, this issue evolved into a formal global mining initiative, driven by a desire to fill the knowledge gap between customers and equipment designers whilst focusing on new designs where the opportunity for major change was not only possible but also more economic.

At that point, the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) was created. This initiative has led to productive dialogue and best practices based on the needs of both mining organizations and OEMs. Members include many of the world’s top mining companies, including Barrick, Glencore, Anglo American, and Rio Tinto.

And now Newtrax, the leading provider of IoT safety and proximity detection solutions for hard rock underground mining operations, is happy to continue collaborative dialogue and protocols as a key stakeholder of EMESRT.

EMERST L9 vehicle collision avoidance

EMESRT Vehicle Interaction Protocol Development

One of the projects EMESRT has been charged with is developing an open-architecture industry communications standard for proximity detection and vehicle interaction. In a 2015 workshop, the group of OEMs, proximity detection suppliers (PDS) and mining companies discussed a common protocol for communications between PDS and OEM devices in the mining industry.

Since its formation, EMESRT has established nine levels of Incident Preventative Controls.

  1. Site Requirements
  2. Segregation Controls
  3. Operating Procedures
  4. Authority to Operate
  5. Fitness to Operate
  6. Operating Compliance
  7. Operator Awareness
  8. Advisory Controls
  9. Intervention Controls

The ninth level (L9) of PDS solutions is the performance requirement best suited for Newtrax involvement in the group. L9 will help establish technologies that automatically intervene and take some form of machine control to prevent or mitigate an unsafe interaction.

According to a 2015 report from EMESRT, there are some levels of solutions for electric underground vehicles. Underground diesel machines have continued to lack interoperability. In fact, the development of proximity detection systems linked to the machine’s interface has been unique for each machine. This leaves a number of different challenges for operating mines. On any mine, there will never be only one brand/type of equipment. Hence the interoperability of the multiple relationships between the levels of sensing and intelligence/rules and the different vehicles is essential to achieve an overall mine site solution for the industry.

Goldcorp Eleonore MET Newtrax

Real-Time Data from Goldcorp Éléonore’s Underground Fleets: Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions for the Mines of the Future

Real-Time Data from Goldcorp Éléonore's Underground Fleets: Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions for the Mines of the Future

Goldcorp Eleonore MET Newtrax

In our previous blog post, we highlighted efforts in proximity detection systems being implemented in Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine. Despite being named, and awarded, as one of Canada’s safest mines in 2016, the proximity detection solutions implemented through a partnership with Newtrax Technologies, helped establish and exceed safety benchmarks the following year.

Goldcorp’s partnership with Newtrax did not stop there. Faced with the challenge of managing a mixed fleet of mobile equipment underground, the Éléonore mine implemented Mobile Equipment Telemetry (MET) solutions, the most advanced vehicle telemetry system on the market specifically designed for underground mining fleets.

Equipped with a system that can transmit raw data from sensors on its underground fleet in near real-time, a new horizon had opened up for the mine’s operations management team.

What are MET Solutions?

MET solutions provide underground mining operations with essential data that is pulled directly from mining equipment such as scoops, haul trucks and drill rigs. The capability to access this data in near real-time empowers the Operations team at Éléonore mine to understand the precise manner in which their machines are being used and how well each individual machine is functioning. From these data-driven insights, the Operations team can implement predictive suggestions to increase both productivity and profit for the mine.

What Insights Can you Extract with MET?

Mobile Equipment Telemetry systems can provide large amounts of data to operations. After adoption and implementation, Éléonore management is focusing their data analysis on a few key things.

The key data we started observing was related to the diagnostics of the vehicles,” says Luc St-Arnaud, Manager of Strategy and Improvement at Éléonore mine. “The mechanical diagnostics, tire pressure monitoring, engine data, and engine maintenance to name a few.”

The first level of Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions enables the team to begin to understand the performance of a specific vehicle compared to its operational usage.

“And then we go to the next level,” says St-Arnaud, “which is the integration for a fleet type. Take Scoops for example. What has been the overall availability and utilization of our fleet of scoops? And then we go to the next level, which is for our entire fleet, from the scoop trends to trucks and services vehicle.  This helps us manage different activities, including scheduling and sequencing of fleet maintenance.”

Benefits at Éléonore

Mobile equipment monitoring at the mine has immediate effects in the operation’s financial bottom line. These innovations allow for fleet optimization, less surprising downtime per vehicle, and time-saving operational workflows throughout the mine.

MET solutions enable further real-time monitoring of operational performance and health of different vehicles on their fleet.

The innovations being implemented at Éléonore, including MET solutions and proximity detection, are indications of Goldcorp’s drive to be on the forefront of the digital transformation that is taking place in the mining industry.

Goldcorp Eleonore

Innovating for Safety at Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine, with Newtrax Technologies

Innovating for Safety at Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine, with Newtrax Technologies

Goldcorp Eleonore

In the spring of 2017, Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine was recognized for its outstanding safety record in the 2016 calendar year with the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy for Metal Mines. The award is in recognition of the mine which achieved 2,592,938 hours worked during the year, with a reportable injury rate of 0.15. This was the best among Metal Mines in Canada. The operation also earned Regional Safety Awards for Metal Mines in 2015 and 2014.

The awards were sponsored by MSA Canada Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products, and the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy Committee.

So management of the Éléonore mine set out to do even better in 2017 in regards to safety. In fact, the safety benchmarks established by the operations leadership were seen as aggressive and hard to achieve.

How do you take one of the safest mines in the world and make it even safer?

With the assistance of Éléonore’s Technical Service Manager, Gertjan Bekkers, Goldcorp looked to proximity detection innovations for their underground workforce and mobile fleet.

“Because Éléonore was so set up for innovation, particularly because of the connectivity in the underground, there were a lot more opportunities to implement technology,” Bekkers says. “We wanted proximity detection because we know that the interaction between the large equipment underground and the humans is a significant risk factor for these operations.”

Through a thorough product search with a number of vendors, Goldcorp and the leadership of the Éléonore mine decided to partner with Newtrax Technologies, a leading safety technology provider specializing in underground hard rock mining operations.

The project consisted of a mine-wide implementation of 660 new fully-integrated Newtrax-Enabled Personal Safety Devices to be worn by the mine’s workers, which can reach up to 150 people underground at any given time.

In addition, proximity detection technology was also installed into the mine’s mobile equipment. With both systems installed, operators of large equipment are constantly notified when people and smaller equipment are in their proximity.

The Éléonore safety system works directly between the workers’ cap lamps and the equipment that is set up with the proximity detection system. The system works independently from the underground communication network, assuring its functionality in all areas of the mine. Goldcorp workers in the mine can be comfortable knowing that no matter where they are in the mine, there will be connectivity between them, their cap lamp and any machine in the surrounding area.

in 2017, Éléonore improved its safety performance and in doing so, raised the standard once again. Bekkers admits that a wide range of efforts went into achieving those numbers and establishing a strong safety culture amongst the workforce, but the Newtrax proximity detection system certainly played a part.

Continuing the Innovation Journey

The proximity detection system implemented at Éléonore mine is only one example of Goldcorp’s innovation strategy that is disrupting all areas of its business.

Now their mines are built on digital platforms supported by fiber optic backbones and Wi-Fi. They have large volumes of data flowing in, and getting that data digitized and working for them is a big effort but significantly improves health and safety performance and can increase productivity.

When discussing innovation in the industry, Bekkers says “I think the industry is open to innovation. The industry wants it. It’s largely spurred by the fact that the world around us is changing and the world underground is not changing half as fast.”

Digital Transformation mining safety

Infographic: The Benefits of Digital Transformation on the Mining Industry

Infographic: The Benefits of Digital Transformation on the Mining Industry

According to a recent white paper by World Economic Forum, compared to other industries, especially customer-facing ones, the mining and metals sector is considered to have lower levels of digital utilization. However, For those organizations that can move from being digital laggards to digital first movers, the value is real.

Digital Transformation mining safety

For links to all the sources, please refer back to World Economic Forum’s original white paper here.

Newtrax Celebrates Safety at Fresnillo PLC in Mexico

Newtrax Celebrates Safety at Fresnillo PLC mines in Mexico with Friends and Family

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Celebrating Safety

The Newtrax team in Mexico celebrated Safety at the Fresnillo PLC mines this week in a gathering of friends and families of underground workers.

Miners’ children attended the event where they were exposed to some of the equipment and technologies that ensure that their parents come home safe from work every day.

Newtrax showcased its flagship Proximity Warning system to the friends and families of the miners, and explained to them how it can prevent accidents from happening and ensures greater visibility of pedestrians underground.

Children wore the Personal Safety Devices on their helmets and tested out the features to better understand what keeps their parents and loved ones safe underground.

Health & Safety is Newtrax’s number 1 core value and events like these remind us of how valuable our jobs are to other people’s lives.

For more information on our underground Safety solutions please reach out to us at info@newtrax and we will gladly walk you through some case studies.

smartcap fatigue monitoring sensor

Newtrax and SmartCap Announce Collaboration Project to Enhance Hazard Monitoring

Newtrax and SmartCap Announce Collaboration Project to Enhance Hazard & Fatigue Monitoring

Montreal – May, 2017 — Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines announced their new collaboration with SmartCap Technologies. These two industry-leading safety solution providers will be working together over the coming months to integrate the new Life by SmartCap solution designed and suited for underground mining conditions.

The new initiative will bring many benefits to both operators and supervisors alike including real-time alerts to prevent microsleeps before they happen, empowering users to be their own fatigue manager. Supervisors will also have real-time data access through the Newtrax wireless network so they can make fact-based decisions that keep their workforce safe.

The integrated solution will allow for intervention from control rooms on site, in real-time when a high-level fatigue alert is received.

“Newtrax is always looking to enhance its systems with novel sensors and the SmartCap Life product is a perfect addition to our safety portfolio. We expect most of our customers to select this option to achieve a more comprehensive monitoring of hazards.” said Alexandre Cervinka, CEO of Newtrax

“Working with Newtrax, proven leaders in safety and communications for underground hard rock mining provides SmartCap with an exciting opportunity to be able to deliver our validated fatigue monitoring solution to underground workers. Our partnership with Newtrax will integrate key technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of underground miners.” SmartCap Technologies VP Product Development, Mr. Brett Carswell.


For more information:

Newtrax Technologies Inc.




Agnico eagle

Newtrax and Agnico Eagle Sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Deployment of Safety Solutions In Underground Mines

Agnico Eagle Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Newtrax for Deployment of Safety Solutions In Underground Mines

Agnico Eagle

Montreal – April, 2017 — Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines announced it has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico Eagle) for deployment of safety solutions including proximity detection, collision avoidance, emergency evacuation and tracking for their underground gold mines.

After conducting a comprehensive pilot project of the Newtrax proximity warning system in Canada, Agnico Eagle concluded the system could decrease safety risk factors for both their pedestrian miners and equipment operators underground.

“Agnico Eagle has been a good customer of ours for many years and we are excited about this next wave of system expansions” said Alexandre Cervinka, CEO of Newtrax.

“Newtrax has supplied us with several innovative solutions since 2010 and we have been very pleased with their collaborative approach to product development” said Jean-Guy Pelletier, Agnico Eagle’s Corporate Director for Maintenance.

For more information:

Newtrax Technologies Inc.