Hard Rock Mining

New Refuge Chamber Technology to Strengthen US Mine

The long-standing relationship between Lundin Mining’s Eagle Mine and MineARC Systems has continued to strengthen over the last five years. Scott Sweatt, MineARC’s North American Sales Representative, recently had the opportunity to introduce Andy Vaughn, Health & Safety Supervisor for Eagle Mine to MineARC’s new development in refuge chamber technology, including:

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Latest CAMS technology installed on Eagle Mine refuge chamber.

One of the main focuses at Eagle Mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan State is to bring the nickel and copper mine up to date with the latest modern technology, capable of monitoring all vital refuge operating systems from the surface. Lundin Mining is confident that GuardIAN’s capacity for real-time monitoring and diagnostics will provide them with the assurance that their fleet of refuge chambers at Eagle Mine are emergency ready at all times. GuardIAN is currently installed on two of the eight underground MineARC MineSAFE Refuge Chambers at the mine site and Lundin are considering upgrading the remaining chambers.

Also of interest to Eagle Mine was MineARC’s CAMS. Currently installed on five chambers, CAMS will provide significant operational cost savings by offering security against over-pressurisation, optimizing mine air usage and minimizing the overall impact on the site’s compressors. The intuitive system is fitted with an air toxicity monitor and emergency shut off valve, which will isolate compressed air should the airline become contaminated. A flood protection valve will also automatically shut off mine air in the event of water ingress. Eagle Mine is in the process of training their personnel on how CAMS works and how to operate it during an emergency. The mine already has trained and certified personnel who complete scheduled service checks every four months on all refuge chambers. CAMS will allow for faster servicing times due to its unique quick-release bayonet clipping system, eliminating the need for screw in filter elements and housings.

MineARC looks forward to further assisting Lundin Mining’s Eagle Mine operation and safety requirements.

For more information on MineARC’s GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System or Compressed Air Management System, please contact us.