Mine ventilation goes digital – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – November 7, 2017)


Maestro Digital Mine creates a digital solution to assist in deep mining

What to do when technology no longer fits the needs of an ever-changing industry? Reinvent it and bring it to the 21st century, of course.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but in the case of ultra-deep mining, technology once used on surface plants is being taken further underground and mining companies are discovering the negative effects, making them less reliable.

Ultra-deep mining presents many logistical and technical problems the current technology is not designed for. While mines are able to go deeper than ever before, there are many issues like worker heat stress, increasing temperature, barometric pressure and humidity which require higher cost ventilation monitoring and control systems.

These ventilation systems are important to ensure the air underground is safe to breathe at all stages, from descent to the face. To solve this problem, Maestro Digital Mine has designed an air quality monitoring station utilizing digital technology. Michael Gribbons, vice-president of sales and marketing, said they created the Vigilante AQS™ (Air Quality Station), after looking at the inadequacy of current analog-based systems.

Similar to what VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol) telephones have done to transform the digital telephone industry, so too has the Vigilante AQS™ done to the underground mine ventilation sector.

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