Hard Rock Refuge – MineSAFE Standard Design
In consultation with the world’s leading mining companies and regional mining authorities, the MineSAFE Standard Design Refuge Chamber for underground mines has been continuously re-engineered and refined to create a world-leading hard rock refuge station solution that is fully integrated with today’s modern mining environment.
The Standard Design (SD) chamber provides personnel with optimum safety features, functionality and performance, and complies with internationally recognised refuge chamber guidelines.
As the leading global refuge station manufacturer, MineARC has designed the MineSAFE Standard Design to provide a high level of durability and manoeuvrability, both above and below ground.
Helping safeguard miners in 68 countries, across six continents, the MineSAFE Standard Design is the world’s most trusted emergency refuge chamber in metal (hard rock) and non-metal mines.
Standard configurations are available based on occupancy – from 8 to 30 people – however it’s dimensions and rated occupancy can be custom-engineered to site specifications, without compromising on safety or performance. Special transport configurations include narrow builds specifically tailored for shaft mines, or modular builds, allowing a complete refuge station to be split into smaller sections before being transported and then reassembled underground.
Hard Rock Refuge – Virtual Tour
Hard Rock Refuge – Front View
The ‘face’ of the MineSAFE Standard Design is designed primarily for easy identification and quick access during an emergency. The strobe lighting, warning siren and reflective signage alert passers-by to the chamber’s location, whilst the rotating door handles provide simple, straight forward access to the safety of the interior.
Hard Rock Refuge – Interior View
Inside a MineSAFE Standard Design Refuge Chamber, a number of vital life-support systems combine to create a safe, ongoing environment for occupants. Systems include; primary and secondary air (oxygen) supplies, air conditioning systems, positive pressure systems, electrical systems, gas detection and a chemical scrubbing system.
The MineSAFE Standard Design uses MineARC’s unique voice activated Series IV electrical scrubbing system in conjunction with MARCISORB chemicals to ‘scrub’ the build up of harmful CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CO (carbon monoxide) from the air inside the refuge chamber.
Hard Rock Refuge – Rear View
A secure cabinet at the rear of the MineSAFE Standard Design houses the refuge chamber’s UPS battery back up (Uninterruptible Power Supply). The UPS is a fail-safe system that can power the refuge chamber’s internal life support systems for a minimum of 36hrs, should mine power become cut-off.
Also at the rear of the chamber is the Compressed Air Management System (CAMS), which allows regulated compressed air into the refuge chamber when the pressure inside drops below 200Pa. This process optimises mine air usage and guarantees against over-pressurisation of the refuge chamber.
CAMS’ gas toxicity monitor automatically diverts compressed air if oxygen levels in the airline fall below a set level (18% oxygen in free air), signifying air contamination. Additionally, the incorporated flood protection valve automatically shuts down compressed air to avoid catastrophic and costly chamber damage in the event of water ingress.
|Name||Capacity *||Advanced Digital Control System **||iVAN ***||Aura-FX Gas monitoring||Modular construction||Powerless Portable System ****||Air-conditioning||36hrs Battery Backup||5psi Blast Rating *****|
- * Capacity Every refuge chamber is built with a certain rated occupancy in mind. The life support systems are designed to safely house this number of people for the designated duration.
- ** Advanced Digital Control System All refuge chambers with a Series IV Scrubbing System feature MineARC's unique Advanced Digital Control System.
- *** iVAN iVAN is an on-board navigation assistant that guides occupants through operational procedures.
- **** Powerless Portable System MineARC's Powerless Portable System means it can sit stand-alone for extended periods without requiring connection to mains (mine) power
- ***** 5psi Blast Rating MineARC offers blast rating upgrades to all refuge chambers.
Digital Gas Monitoring Node – GuardIAN Gas Node
Digital Gas Monitoring Node – GuardIAN Gas Node Digital Gas Monitoring Nodes from the GuardIAN range provide a remote gas monitoring solution for mine sites; designed specifically to be mounted to rock wall and high traffic areas of the underground mine. Sensor technology within each node monitors gas levels in surrounding areas; designed to facilitate
Satellite UPS System
Satellite UPS System MineARC’s Satellite Uninterruptible Power Supply (SUPS) System is a unique, portable battery bank; removing the need for battery and inverter storage at the rear of the refuge chamber. Major features of SUPS includes safer battery replacement, charge balancing, temperature cooling, and improved battery monitoring and diagnostics through MineARC’s GuardIAN. ENQUIRE BROCHURE Product