Improving efficiency and making effective use of finances is a continual focus across industrial sectors from mining to automation to construction to petrochemicals.
But these sectors are also often placed under high degrees of regulation and constantly have to deal with changing global economic circumstances, making budgets inflexible and investment in equipment and new technology much more difficult.
And it is not just the upfront costs of providing workforces with gas monitoring devices or installing ventilation and dust extraction in hazardous environments, the on-going costs associated with the replaceable consumables in this equipment – like filters, batteries and gas cells – which are often the most challenging aspects of budget pressures.
Modern mining is all about streamlining activities and maximising operator safety through the use of flexible, sophisticated and robust technologies.
Wireless equipment allows operatives to move freely throughout the mine and conduct operations, while even static equipment is much more technologically advanced in being able to report changes of environment in real time, ensuring maximum safety at all times.
However, while the equipment used in mining has become more technical, the environments in which operatives work in have remained just as harsh and hazardous as they have always been, and the question needs to be asked, can new digital equipment handle the dusty, humid and difficult conditions in which they are needed.
Trolex will be attending the Hillhead exhibition 26th-28th June, 2018. We will be showcasing the AIR X Particulate monitor and will even be carrying out LIVE demonstrations. Visit us on stand PB17- Main Pavillion.
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Modern work environments are unquestionably safer than they have been in the past, with the rise of connected technology making it possible to detect potential problems before they arise and give early warnings to workers.
However, despite this increase in health and safety monitoring, industrial environments like mining and manufacturing inherently carry certain risks and in 2016/17, 137 people were killed in workplaces.
As the populace grows, public transport becomes more cluttered and road networks experience more congestion.
As a result, new transportation networks need to be made as quickly as possible – but in the rush, it’s important to remember that safety is the first and foremost concern, both in the sense of creating safe networks for drivers and passengers, and when it comes to the safety of operators during the project.
Safety in mining and industrial operations has improved considerably over the past decade – and indeed, the last century. Mine and industrial legislation and standards have helped to pave the way for more structured workplace safety, ensuring working conditions are optimal and that operatives are well trained to mitigate problems.
Of course, while legislation has helped to improve safety across mining and industrial operations, it is technology that has played a key role in facilitating some of the more comprehensive mining and industrial safety practices. In many respects, legislation and industrial safety technologies have worked hand-in-hand to deliver all-encompassing security for the workforce.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming business operations across the globe. Ten – or even five – years ago, the prospect of business applicable AI was a pipe dream! Now, however, AI is used across a number of industries, including: healthcare, science, manufacturing, retail, finance, customer service and – most recently – mining.
Despite being somewhat late to the AI party, Artificial Intelligence in the mining industry holds tremendous possibilities. With AI at the helm, operations can be automated, environments can be monitored in real time, machine degradation and failure can be predicted before it occurs, and operations can be streamlined – and these are just a few possibilities.
When it comes to hazardous working environments, the need to balance productivity with employee safety is the greatest challenge and, as should always be the case, safety of the workforce takes precedence.
However, it’s also the case that some of the equipment and protective gear needed to ensure maximum safety, can render operational effectiveness almost impossible.
Trolex and our Russian distributor Justuxia, will be attending the Neftegaz exhibition in Moscow- Equipment and technology for oil and gas industries-from 16th-19th April
Mining safety is a complex issue. Ventilation is a crucial part of all underground mining operations; it helps to take in fresh, cool air to the work environment and to remove stale, affected air from it – this includes small dust particles that could damage equipment and operatives.
Without the right ventilation solutions, operational activity could suffer, machinery could be damaged and operatives could be exposed to dangerous hazards.
Ventilation is required to dilute and remove hazardous substances, control the temperature and provide oxygen. But, in the event your current ventilation network is not delivering the quality you need, what can you do to improve it?