Strata launches newly-designed emergency refuge chamber

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Strata Worldwide has globally launched its next generation emergency refuge chamber, the Strata ERCX.

The Strata ERCX is a steel-sided, walk-in refuge chamber for use in underground metal or non-metal mines, tunneling operations, chemical plants, and any other industrial facility where emergency isolation for workers may be required.

The new design is intended to provide greater flexibility for custom configurations, and to implement many time-learned improvements for occupant safety and comfort.

“We have been engineering and constructing refuge chambers for the global mining and tunneling markets for over 13 years,” general manager of emergency refuge chambers – Americas David Maust stated.

“We have learned valuable lessons from our experiences and through customer input. It was our primary goal to develop a product that would meet the preferences of our customers, and at the same time be easily tailored to meet local and industry-based regulations.”

The ERCX is available in four standard sizes; 8, 12, 20 and 26-person, and has select base configurations. It also boasts a comprehensive list of customer preferred options.

These options range from structural modifications, such as wheel and hitch packages and airlock entrance compartments, to highly sophisticated communications and remote monitoring systems that include several options for establishing a live connection to the surface.

Time duration selections include 24, 36, 48 and 96 hours of breathable air and battery back-up on-board supplies.

“We are very optimistic about this new product launch,” Strata chief executive officer Mike Berube said.

“As a company, Strata Worldwide is always looking to enhance and expand its safety product lines, and this new design of one of our core products is another step forward on our mission.

“We wanted to create a globally recognizable product that brings to our customers the latest technologies available.”

The ERCX has earned mining industry certifications from mine safety and health administration (MSHA) and atmospheres explodable (ATEX), as well as International Tunneling and Space Association (ITA) and British Standard tunneling certifications.

The new units are ready to order, with Strata already making its first deliveries this month.

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