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Underground Mining

Proximity Detection Systems (PDS) have for many years been a vital safety tool for underground mines. They have reduced the hazards created by trackless mining machines (TMMs) moving in confined spaces where pedestrians are present.

Booyco Electronics has been among the pioneers in the use of Very Low Frequency (VLF) technology in the underground mining environment. This technology allows signals to be transmitted through rock walls, to allow vital communication between sensors on pedestrians and TMMs. This ensures that the pedestrian will still be warned of an approaching vehicle, even if it is out of sight around a corner.

The Booyco PDS can detect as many as seven TMMs and 20 pedestrians within one scenario, in the underground environment. Its market leading systems are intrinsically safe, working on a clean 12 Volt power supply that will not ignite methane gas or coal dust, rather than deploying multiple Explosion Proof Enclosures.

The Booyco CXS solution is a comprehensive and integrated response to Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 safety levels – as defined by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), and adopted by the Minerals Council of South Africa.

For underground mines, the Booyco Electronics Asset Management System (BEAMS) can integrate with a lamp room management system. This ensures legal compliance to South African mining industry lamp room requirements. It allows for asset locating of the mine’s safety equipment such as lamps, self-contained self-rescuers and gas instrumentation.

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