The U.S. Department of Labor Gives Go Ahead to Use New System in Hazardous Underground Mines
Expanding on its popular line of industrial automation products, E-Spectrum Technologies announced that the company’s Rescue Dog™ System has successfully completed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) equipment safety certification process, the culmination of a two year application procedure that began on February 22, 2012. This certification establishes Rescue Dog as one of only two systems worldwide to be approved by MSHA as a through-the-earth emergency communication system for use in underground coal mines. Built on E-Spectrum’s newly patented technologies that allow low power signals to travel wirelessly directly through the earth for thousands of feet, the battery-powered Rescue Dog System will provide trapped or injured miners direct two-way communication with surface rescue personnel.
A Long Overdue Technology
Although provisions of the MINER Act passed by Congress in June 2006 require underground coal mines to provide survivable emergency communication systems for use after a disaster, this requirement was waived pending development of enabling technologies that are safe to use in the presence of the explosive gasses often found in these mines. The Rescue Dog System was specifically designed to meet this need. The newly approved Rescue Dog System will be released this March for worldwide distribution through MineARC Systems, an Australian company specializing in mine safety products. MineARC also distributes a version of the Rescue Dog system intended for use in non-explosive mine environments.
Founded in 1994, E-Spectrum Technologies provides a range of industrial products, services, and technologies for mining and upstream oil & gas markets.
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Posted On: San Antonio, TX February 13, 2014