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MineARC Systems finds missing piece of mine safety puzzle with DEZEGA deal

DEZEGA, one of the world’s largest designers and producers of mine rescue equipment, and MineARC Systems, a leader in the design and manufacture of emergency safety products across the mining, tunnelling and petrochemical industries, have signed a global cooperation agreement.

The agreement will see MineARC Systems distribute DEZEGA products worldwide. This includes DEZEGA self-contained self-rescuers (SCSRs), which will complement MineARC’s range of life-saving refuge chambers across the mining, tunnelling and petrochemical markets.

In addition, in accordance with the pact, MineARC Systems intends to promote and distribute the entire DEZEGA product line, including compressed oxygen self-contained breathing apparatuses (CO SCBAs) and training self-rescuers to simulate the donning procedure and breathing conditions of an SCSR.

DEZEGA supplies its products to more than 50 countries and is compliant with international and national standards of the EU, Ukraine, Australia, India, South Africa and the Eurasian Customs Union, according to MineARC.

“It develops respiratory protective equipment using modern design and production technologies, taking into account the many years’ experience in operating devices of its own production, as well as feedback and suggestions from end users,” the company said.

Anton Sakovych, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DEZEGA, said: “We are pleased to announce the beginning of our cooperation with MineARC Systems. Our companies have a great responsibility to our customers and a common goal – to help users in the most difficult situations and emergencies.

“Together with MineARC Systems, we will be able to provide new integrated solutions and advanced technologies to raise safety standards, both for underground workers and mine rescuers, as well as for workers in other industrial sectors. Indeed, behind each of the products of our companies are the lives of people.”

Paul Ness, Managing Director, MineARC Systems, added to this: “MineARC Systems is excited to be partnering with DEZEGA, bringing together a combined total of 80 years’ experience in high quality, safety equipment manufacturing.

“The introduction of SCSRs and SCBAs to MineARC’s range means that not only can we shelter and protect personnel during an emergency, but we can now get them there safely too. Complementing MineARC Systems’ experience in safe refuge, SCSRs and SCBAs have been the missing piece to our suite of globally adopted safety products.”

Strata Worldwide provides new safe haven for underground miners

Strata Worldwide says its next generation emergency refuge chamber, the Strata ERCX, is intended to provide greater flexibility for custom configurations, and to implement “many time-learned improvements for occupant safety and comfort”.

The global launch will see the steel-sided, walk-in refuge chamber become available to the underground mining, tunnelling, chemical and other industries where emergency isolation for workers may be required.

David Maust, General Manager of Emergency Refuge Chambers – Americas, said: “We have been engineering and constructing refuge chambers for the global mining and tunnelling markets for over 13 years.

“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, an update on the company’s ERC chamber, 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, according to Strata.

“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,” the company said.

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

Strata CEO, Mike Berube, said the company is optimistic about this new product launch.

“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 recognisable product that brings to our customers the latest technologies available.”

The ERCX has earned mining industry certifications from MSHA and ATEX, as well as ITA & BS EN tunnelling certifications, the company said.

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