Matrix bets on METS

ENGINEERING, automation and mine safety technology firm Matrix Design Group is hard at work in the research and development lab with an update to its Miner and Equipment Tracking System (METS), as well as two other innovations to arrive next year, according to company representative Brian Jones.
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Courtesy Matrix Design Group.

Staff Reporter

The company's approved METS tracking system has received a positive reception across the mining community with production installations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.

"The system is scalable to cost-effectively accommodate operations from small to large, and flexible enough to keep up with the ever-changing plans of soft-rock operations like coal," Jones said.

Matrix is continuing its engineering services for the industry, including hoist systems, project management, and automation controls. The company expanded its technical services in 2007 to include thermography (thermal imaging) scanning and 3D modeling.

Jones said the company is looking forward to introducing new technology in 2008. "Matrix will soon unveil a completely IS (intrinsically safe) coaxial-mesh infrastructure reader option and IS atmospheric sensors for METS," he said.

He added that the distributors, Carroll-Delta and Pillar Innovations, are working hard to help prepare for the system's arrival.

Published in the December 2007 American Longwall Magazine

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