MineARC develops intelligence system for refuge chambers

MineARC has released System Intelligence, a suite of monitoring systems for refuge chambers to enhance industrial safety.

The system identifies refuge chamber faults or issues in real time via an integrated network of technologies including the GuardIAN Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics System, Aura-FX Digital Fixed Gas Monitoring, MineARC Charger, and the Controller Systems and the Compressed Air Management System (CAMS).

It manages a site’s refuge chamber fleet through an intuitive system that will monitor vital operating systems, evaluate existing faults, and immediately alert an operation’s control system of the status.

The GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System enables real-time monitoring of an operation’s fleet of refuge chambers. During standby mode it checks for component faults and monitors refuge chamber usage or entry to the chamber.

Its secure online interface is hosted on an internal server within the refuge chamber so that no client software installation is required. The responsive portal is accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone and features a summary of an entire refuge chamber fleet and overall operational status, with the ability to drill down to a detailed report of each chamber.

Other features include and internal motion activated IP camera to assist in evacuation planning; real-time, recorded video streaming; VOIP video phone for face-to-face communication between the refuge chamber and surface; links to the MineARC Digital Controller, streaming system data, event logging and fault diagnostics to the surface control rooms; and email alerts and notifications that are sent to designated personnel.

 The Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System has the ability to consecutively monitor up to 11 gases through a series of user-friendly, digital screens. Audible voice alarms will prompt occupants to replace scrubbing chemicals or adjust oxygen supply levels in the refuge chamber as required.

When used as part of the MineARC System Intelligence network, Aura-FX provides real-time gas monitoring data and analysis via the GuardIAN dashboard.

It also features sensors, audible alarms, and voice prompting.

The CAMS monitors and regulates compressed air flow into the chamber. When used as part of the System Intelligence network, information relating to the integrity of the internal refuge chamber atmosphere is communicated in real-time via the GuardIAN dashboard. An increase in CAMS activity would indicate a breach of the refuge chamber seal, thus sending an alert to designated personnel that the chamber is compromised.

The system was launched this year at MINExpo.

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