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Strata Worldwide expands mine safety offering with CSE Corp partnership

Strata Worldwide has signed a new distribution agreement with Pennsylvania-based CSE Corp for the promotion and distribution of CSE’s line of mine safety products.

“This partnership between two well-known safety corporations will further strengthen each company’s support of the mining and tunnelling industries,” Strata said.

The CSE products immediately available through Strata include the company’s range of self-contained self-rescuers, including Biomarine’s BioPak 240R; CSE’s machine-mounted methane detector; the handheld G4 multi-gas gas detector; and the Flame-XM-1 MSHA approved cordless cap lamp.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with CSE Corporation,” Mike Berube, Strata Worldwide President and CEO, said. “Like Strata, CSE is a well-established name in the mining industry and makes best-of-breed products. We look forward to adding CSE’s products into our safety product offerings, while expanding their reach and increasing market share.”

Scott Shearer Sr, Chairman and CEO of CSE Corp, added: “We are excited to partner with Strata Worldwide. With technology playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of mining, our joint solutions ensure miners remain safe.”

Strata Worldwide will represent CSE in both mining and tunnelling industries of Canada and Latin America, and in tunnelling and select mining areas in the US.

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.

Strata enhances North America roof support, ventilation offering with Burrell Mining pact

Strata Worldwide says it has signed a distribution agreement with Burrell Mining International for the promotion and distribution of the Burrell CAN® and Burrell Omega Block coal mining products to the North America mining market.

These products will be added to Strata’s line of secondary roof supports and ventilation product offerings, available immediately, the company said.

The CAN is a “yieldable secondary roof support” made from a confined core of cementitious composite encased in a cylindrical steel canister, Strata said. “When installed correctly, the CAN has never failed. Its flexible design can be engineered to meet mine-specific load conditions regardless of adverse roof or floor conditions, while the smooth steel skin of the CAN also improves ventilation by reducing air resistance in the mine entry,” the company added.

Omega Blocks for ventilation are specifically formulated building block, three times the size of regular concrete blocks, but significantly lighter in weight to help reduce labour and the installation process, according to Strata. The Omega Blocks are composed of non-toxic, incombustible materials that are fire resistant and impermeable to air. The blocks are fully MSHA approved and ideal for quick construction of underground ventilation stoppings, Strata said.

Bob Weil, President & CEO of Burrell Mining International, said: “Burrell’s reputation as an industry innovator with a history of quality products and excellent customer service makes our partnership with Strata Worldwide a great strategic fit. Working together, we can provide customers throughout North America with efficient and safer secondary roof support products for the mining industry.”

Mike Berube, President and CEO at Strata Worldwide, said: “We are very excited to enter this agreement with Burrell Mining. They are a premier supplier of secondary roof support for coal mining and have an excellent reputation in the industry. The CAN will be a strong addition to Strata’s line of roof support systems and with this agreement we will offer the most complete portfolio of roof support products on the market.”

Strata Worldwide has grown from a company focused on roof supports in underground coal operations, to service mines of all types, all sizes, all commodities and all locations. It says it develops advanced safety solutions for mines all over the world.

Burrell Mining International, meanwhile, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Burrell Group Inc, a family-owned company with business interests in mining products, insurance, real estate and technology. Burrell Mining International operates three plants in the US and two in Australia.