Booyco deploys latest Level-9 Ready Proximity Detection System at South African platinum mine – International Mining
Taking advantage of the mining industry slowdown over the Christmas period, Booyco Electronics has equipped another South African platinum mine with its latest Level-9 Ready PDS system. According to Pieter Wolfaardt, Chief Operating Officer at Booyco Electronics, this rapid installation commissioning was an important compliance step for the mine, was achieved with minimal impact on its productivity.
“The industry is hard at work to meet Level 9 compliance by the end of 2020,” Wolfaardt says. “By working through the annual slowdown, we were able to avoid disrupting the production cycle while further enhancing the mine’s safety levels.”
Booyco Electronics has been a leader in developing testing proximity detection systems that incorporate collision avoidance technology comply with the required Level 9 stard. At this level, electronic systems are required to take mechanical control of trackless mining machinery (TMM) automatically slow it down or bring these to a stop when detecting a dangerous significant risk situation.
The recent contract involved equipping 35 underground vehicles with Booyco CXS PDS systems, the third latest generation of Booyco Electronics’ offering. It included the fitment of 595 Exsence cap lamps, complete with intelligent buzzers CXS tags, for pedestrians. Testing facilities for all equipment were also installed – in the form of test stations for lamps vehicles – to ensure every item is fully functional before going underground.
“Great teamwork from our Rustenburg branch – led by our area manager Carel Snyman – in collaboration with the mine’s staff allowed