MineTracer to demo in WV operation

A LIVE public demonstration of Helicomm's MineTracer and its text messaging function will be held at a southern West Virginia underground operation next week.
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Helicomm's MineTracer with text messaging. Courtesy Helicomm

Donna Schmidt

Southern West Virginia Resources' Big Branch Mine in Naugatuck will host the exhibition, which will be held several times throughout Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25.

"Our system has been in operation at the Big Branch mine since June of this year," explained Helicomm sales director Ken Hill.

"To satisfy the communications aspect of WV 56-4, we have accelerated the development of our text messaging capability and this will be the first demonstration of that capability."

He added that numerous customers of the company have been through the mine to view the product in action over the last four months, and that comments on the system's performance have been favourable.

"The addition of text messaging just adds to the value of the system. Several operators that have expressed interest in the text capability have indicated their intention of visiting," he noted.

The demos will be held from 8am to 4pm both days, and attendees should expect two to three hours for each exhibition. Visitors will go through hazard training onsite, Hill pointed out, and an RSVP for the event is appreciated.

"While plans are being approved by WV and operators are selecting systems, [guests] have an opportunity to view in operation a fully integrated two-way wireless communications and tracking system," the company said earlier this week in a statement. Four to six Helicomm staff members will be present to answer questions on the system.

The mine is located off Route 64 in Mingo County.

Check out the December edition of American Longwall Magazine for more information on MineTracer.