Despite increases in safety, mining remains one of the most dangerous and hazardous sectors to work in - mostly because of the unpredictable and often confined areas in which operatives work.
One of the major concerns within the mining sector is the integrity of the tunnels and shafts themselves. Effective monitoring is vital to ensure the integrity of the mine and the safety of the workers. Comprehensive strata control and monitoring instruments form the backbone of your mining and tunnelling operation.
Rock-bolting has replaced standing supports such as steel arches in underground mining operations as the best method of supporting and controlling strata. Using this technique has led to significantly reduced costs, greatly increased productivity and considerably higher levels of safety. To support this technique of strata support and control it is necessary to monitor the strata for mine safety.
According to statistics from the HSE, around 12,000 people in the UK die from dust inhalation related to exposure in the workplace every year and hazardous industries need to improve the working environment. While regulation is being tightened to improve working conditions, it is also the threat of legal claims that is focusing attention for managers, board members and shareholders alike.
Safety regulation across the globe has become ever more stringent as authorities have recognised the dangers associated with working in hazardous dusty environments. From mining to tunnelling and manufacturing, hundreds of thousands of individuals are working every day in high dust environments, and therefore at risk of inhaling potential health damaging toxins.
Traditional industrial sectors are not readily set up to deal with technological innovation and change, but these are also sectors in which technology and innovation can have the most dramatic impact both on health and safety, and productivity.
Many of the leaders in these sectors recognise the importance and benefits of innovation, but because they remain heavily reliant on traditional machinery and manpower, they can find it difficult to bring in new technology.
Trolex are pleased to announce the launch of their Technical Services department. Our service engineers have moved in to the brand new modern Vernon building, which is a fully equipped technical engineering workshop, to meet the growing demand of our customers.
At Trolex, our technical support team are highly qualified service engineers with an average of 20 years’ experience in the field. We only use skilled engineers, to provide you with a managed service that gives peace-of-mind in knowing that your systems are always operating to the highest international standards. Discover our technical engineering service options HERE.
Juxta, a suite of innovative on-board digital technology solutions for transportation companies, has moved to a new Denmark office after separating from the Trolex group.
The on-board digital suite, which helps companies transform passenger experiences, generate new revenue and reduce data costs, will continue to operate under the Trolex|Aporta name, but is no longer associated with the Stockport based Trolex group.
We wish to share our achievement of being one of the Innovation Finalists at Contamination UK 2018, with our AIR XD Particulate Monitor. The feedback from the judges was very impressive. Contamination UK contacted us to say "The analysis from our judges regarding your product was excellent and I believe the final results were very close!"
Well done to all of the winners from each category
It is becoming cliché to say that technology is changing the face of business sectors all over the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and the mining and manufacturing sectors are no different.
While traditionally labour-intensive and reliant on heavy, static equipment, smart and connected technology is now showing potential to completely change how mining and manufacturing businesses operate.
From remote and mobile environment and equipment monitoring, to real-time data and analytics to machine learning and automation, there is seemingly no end to the benefits new mining and manufacturing technology is bringing to historically industrial sectors.
Despite technology making hazardous environments much safer than they have historically been, there remains a serious risk of danger in some mining and industrial environments.
Large and cumbersome equipment, which needs to be operative and monitored 24/7, not to mention operatives working in confined spaces, possibly being exposed to hazardous chemicals or fumes, means management of these environments remains as challenging as ever.
On the other hand, more mobile equipment which can be easily moved around an environment, or even worn by operatives, is helping make headway in the battle for a safer work environment, but these bring entirely new challenges, with much of the equipment requiring constant wireless connections to work properly, plus needing to operate in some of the harshest environments around.
Trolex will be attending the Contamination Expo on 12th & 13th September at the NEC in Birmingham. We will be showcasing the AIR X Particulate monitor and will even be carrying out LIVE demonstrations. Visit us on stand 5P63.
This is Europe’s leading event for environmental professionals, showcasing the latest in modern strategies, techniques and technologies currently used across the industry.
Like many industries, mining is being transformed by technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
The ability to instantly gather and analyse environmental and equipment data, and carry out real time risk and area assessments is a big benefit to large scale operations, particularly those like mining, when operatives are working in a compact, changing and potentially dangerous environment.
From increasing automation and removing human operatives from dangerous environments, to real time atmospheric monitoring and safety alerts, to more efficient operations through equipment monitoring, new connected technology is having a massive impact on the future of the mining sectors.
But are IoT and AI technologies really the beneficial platforms they appear to be? And what exactly can they do for mining operations?