M&E: Coal Services, MST

COAL Services and Mine Site Technologies will have two standout exhibits for the longwall sector at the 2009 Mining & Energy New South Wales exhibition.
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Greg Rowan, senior inspector of mines, Queensland Government Natural
Resources & Mines

Blair Price

Coal Services will show its new virtual reality training simulator at Stand 1030.

The virtual reality training for coal miners covers dangerous situations and hazardous workplace environments.

Coal Services executive director Ron Land said the introduction of the virtual reality program was a must for any industry developing training packages for hazardous environments.

“The system is the most advanced training apparatus of its kind,” he said.

“This technology enables us to teach and retrain safe work procedures to new and experienced miners in a virtual mine before they are exposed to the hazards of a real mine environment.

“The result is high-quality training designed to reduce injuries and promote safer workplace practices – training that could essentially be life-saving."

Coal Services’ “One Life ... Make it Count” lifestyle program will also be promoted at the event.

The program can be customised to individual workplaces and it provides employees with simple strategies to improve their health.

Mine Site Technologies will show its ImPact Proximity Detection System at Stand 1008.

The twin-zone proximity detection system uses a low level alert when a person or different vehicle enters the outer zone of 60-120m from the moving vehicle and a higher level alert when within the inner zone of 5-15m.

MST said initial installations of the system had been deployed in hard rock mines and that intrinsic safety certifications for underground coal mines were underway.

The supplier will also formally launch the MinePhone, an IS certified voice-over-internet-protocol telephone handset, at the event.

Designed for use with MST’s ImPact fibre optic underground network infrastructure, the MinePhone will allow for two-way voice communication, texting and data exchange via the ImPact digital network.

MST will also have its wireless mobile mesh technology for surface mine communications on show.

Part of a push into the surface mining sector, the technology uses BreadCrumb units for the easy establishment of truly mobile meshed wireless networks.

MST has underground and surface communication systems installed in more than 400 mines globally and counts Xstrata Coal, Centennial Coal, BHP Billiton and BMA among its clients.

With coal mines starting to boost employment once again, Ready Workforce will have its exhibit at Stand 2170.

The industrial recruitment division of major employment company Chandler Macleod, Ready Workforce serves the coal industry as well as other resource sectors.

Ready Workforce has more than 14,000 on-hired staff across Australia.

“People-related expenses are the third-highest cost component in the mining industry so it is essential that the investment a company makes in its people harnesses maximum productivity,” Ready Workforce’s Singleton manager Chris Dickson said.

“To achieve this, it’s equally critical to partner with a provider, such as Ready Workforce, with significant experience in the mining industry and the ability to apply an innovative approach that gives genuine, tangible results.”

Specialised Force will have its range of hydraulic maintenance tools and products available at Stand 2050.

The company manufactures, imports, markets, distributes and tests a range of hydraulic tools and equipment and has been in the business since 1982, using Jarvie Engineering of Lambton as a distributer for the Hunter Valley since 1985.

Jacking equipment, pipe and tube benders, punching systems, re-bar bending and cutting tools, cable-handling equipment, torque tools and tools for electrical contracting will all be on show.

Major brands include Simplex hydraulic jacking products and Pow’r Riser jacks, Torqlite torque wrenches and Izumi hydraulic and battery tools.

The exhibition will be held at the Muswellbrook Showground from September 22 to 24.

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