Refuge chambers, fitted with life-saving technology, provide an immediate and safe location for all personnel, in the event of an emergency or hazardous situation.
These chambers protect people from exposure to irrespirable atmospheres generated as a result of fire or an outburst of toxic gases. Vital elements of every emergency response plan, refuge chambers sustain life when escape is not an option.
MineARC Systems has supplied refuge chamber and safety equipment solutions to the global hard rock mining industry for over 20 years. Since their first MineSAFE Refuge Chamber sale in 1999, MineARC has worked tirelessly to improve and expand their refuge chamber technologies; with the overarching goal of achieving safer working conditions for all underground personnel.
MineARC offers a comprehensive range of refuge chamber solutions for the hard rock mining industry; from the industry-leading and technologically advanced MineSAFE Standard Design Refuge Chamber to the highly portable MineSAFE Compact Design. They also provide Permanent Refuge Shelter solutions for large capacity requirements. Additionally, MineARC Refuge Chambers comply with ISO:9001 and recognised industry guidelines and have been successfully used around the world in multiple real-life mine emergencies to save lives.
In collaboration with the world’s leading mine companies and regional authorities, MineARC’s range of refuge chambers are continually re-engineered to provide onsite personnel with optimum safety features, functionality and performance. Currently, the resource industry is transitioning towards digitalisation as an integral part of not only their day-to-day operations but as a way to ensure the health and safety of site personnel.
MineARC Systems have been investing in the development of new technologies to create smarter safety solutions for underground mining. These latest developments will integrate with existing operating systems; with the ultimate goal of providing customers with a suite of comprehensive and integrated industry solutions that embrace these five main principles:
- personnel safety
- daily operational activities
- cost efficiency
- ease of application
- integration into the current set-up
MineARC’s GuardIAN remote monitoring and diagnostics
Safety systems need to go beyond basic protection, to provide a complete management solution; monitoring operations, evaluating faults and giving immediate alerts. Having an integrated safety network that provides real-time communications and reporting can increase the effectiveness of safety and emergency response teams in the event of an emergency – ultimately saving lives.
Leading the way, MineARC’s GuardIAN is an exciting new development in refuge chamber technology. GuardIAN enables real-time monitoring of all vital refuge operating systems via an online interface accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
GuardIAN integrates with many existing MineARC Refuge Chamber technologies including these critical features:
Aura-FX Gas Monitoring System
MineARC’s Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System is a proprietary fixed gas monitoring unit, designed specifically for use in MineARC refuge chambers.
A vast improvement on current digital gas monitors (DGMs) on the market, Aura-FX can consecutively monitor up to 11 gases via a series of user-friendly, digital screens. Audible voice alarms will prompt occupants to replace scrubbing chemicals or adjust oxygen supply levels in the refuge chamber as required.
Compressed Air Management System (CAMS)
The MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a dedicated air management unit explicitly designed for use in refuge chambers. The unique air management system monitors and regulates compressed air flow into the chamber.
When utilised in conjunction with GuardIAN, vital information relating to the integrity of the internal refuge chamber atmosphere is communicated in real-time. An increase in CAMS activity would indicate a breach of the refuge chamber seal, therefore sending an alert to designated personnel.
Satellite UPS Battery Bank System
MineARC’s solution to easing the process of replacing refuge chamber batteries underground and ensuring cells perform at full capacity for their expected life-span is the Satellite UPS System.
With manufacturing facilities in South Africa, Australia and North America, MineARC Systems now exports to 62 countries worldwide. Sites across Africa including Glencore’s Mopani Copper, Vedanta’s Black Rock Mountain, AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold, Debeers’ Venetia Diamond, South 32’s Wolverkrans Colliery and Sibanye Stillwater, are already benefiting from the daily safety, maintenance and cost saving advantages that MineARC’s refuge chamber solutions provide.