Martin Reyes called the meeting to order and welcomed
everyone to Tucson. Martin called for a vote of Jed Jensen for 2nd VP. A
show of hands approved the vote. Martin then called for a vote of Ed
Barnett for 1st VP. A show of hands approved the vote. Jim Van
Emmerik read the minutes and they were approved as read. Jerry Endres
provided the Treasure report. Current balance of US funds is $10,681.
WMEA has had two disbursements since the last meeting. One was for the
printer replacement and the other one for $405, which is for this
meetings mailing notification. A show of hands verified that the
treasure report is approved as read. Martin announced that we have 17
new members at this meeting.
Group Discussion - Broke into 5 groups
- Problems and Solutions
- Innovations/New Technology
- Agenda items for next meeting
- Future meeting sites
Reyes announced future meeting sites:
May 12 – 14
2004 Rapid City, South Dakota held at the Ramkota
Nov 17 – 19
2004 Reno, Nevada held at the Silver Legacy
May 8 – 10
2005 Calgary, Alberta held at the Sheraton
Nov 16 – 18
2005 Denver, Colorado held at the Renaissance
Don Smales, Greg Rice of
Cortez Gold Mines, and Aaron Engleman of P&H
2800 XP digital drive upgrade
Mike Casson of
Visual Safety and Maintenance Inspections on Excavators
Adjourn for Lunch
Joe Latimer of Barrick Goldstrike Mine
Ground fault / Ground check protection
Skip Hicks of Electro Test Inc.
On-Line partial discharge testing
Curtis Stacey and Manuel Trevino of Flanders Electric
Projects at Merency
for the day
Summary of group
discussions held on Thursday
Mike Osmat of General Electric
GE BHP field exciter upgrade
Don Patterson and Chris Schroeder of DCS
Mining Modification Update
Barrick Goldstrike BHP Field Exciter Upgrade
Cortez 2800 XPB Digital Drive Upgrade
DCS Mining Modification Update
Electro Test Inc. Online Partial Discharge
Flanders Visual Safety & Maintenance Inspections
General Electrical BHP Field Exciter Upgrade
Electric Drive System Interface Advancements
Lead by Terry Taylor
involving disabling of the ground monitor system during dragline boom
lowering. Respondents are following the recommendations documented in a letter
from a local MSHA inspector covering the Wyoming area. Most important to
maintain radio contact between individual at the substation and person
coordinating the activity at the dragline.
Motor & Control: said at one of the gas plants he visits, vendors are being
supplied with colored Nomex coveralls to distinguish them from employees. This
is done as a safety precaution so in an emergency, people that may not be
familiar with evacuation procedures can be easily identified and escorted to
ladders/platforms to rolling stock as a means to decrease fall
potential/injuries. Caterpiller is getting onboard with this through new
upgrade offerings for their equipment.
Phelps Dodge is
working closely with NIOSH in a number of areas. One of the current projects
involves developing collision avoidance systems for installation on
vehicles. Technology involves the use of radar and video cameras.
NIOSH, as an arm of the federal government and the engineering arm of MSHA,
carries a lot of weight when a company is using data collected in a joint
venture for backup on compliance issues.
In the case of
Phelps Dodge, NIOSH is providing most of the equipment being used for the
projects being carried on. The company participating doesn’t see a lot of
out of pocket expense.
that would like to investigate a possible joint project, the NIOSH contact
is Todd Ruff, 1-509-354-8053. Todd’s email is ‘email@example.com’
MSHA; site was cited for having sagebrush within 25 feet of a fence
surrounding a transformer installation.
Bring in NIOSH
representative to make a presentation on how companies can initiate a joint
Update on what
mining companies are doing to employ/expand the use of wireless communication
in the mine environment.
Lead by Dennis Isaacs
Northwestern Resources-Westmoreland Coal
Jewett Mine, Jewett, Texas
Gary Lozowski – National Carbon – Their Company went one
year without a lost time accident and gave all the employees a wristwatch
for their accomplishments.
Don Patterson – Drives and Controls Services – Noise
control – Talked about MSHA noise regulation and where that stands now. He
knew of one company that tried to install blankets between M-G Sets to control
the noise but that did not help much.
He also talked
about a mine that has a line painted in the shop to distinguish different
hearing protection areas.
has designed a small variable speed drive and a small motor that attaches to
the shaft of the hoist or drag drum to turn the drum without the – M-G sets
running – seems to work well and reduces the noise in the back of the machine
and can utilize the electricians better for brush inspection and for working
on the M-G Set.
Dallas McIntosh – Bucyrus Canada – He said that in Canada
they do not have the consistency that the US has with MSHA and would like to
see standardization in the Canadian mines if anyone has any ideas.
Curtis Peterson – Phelps Dodge – talked about different
clothing for protection – Such as flash coats – their company revisited this
issue and the technology has changed a lot – seems that there has been several
times this issue has come up. They saw problems with wearing big coats and one
employee fell because the coat was too bulky. He was wanting to know if anyone
has more information about this concern.
Mike Erisman – Cordero Rojo – Talked about their isolation
officers – they are responsible for lock-out tag-out – they are also
responsible to be sure that everyone is clear when unlocking equipment.
Don Patterson – Drives and Controls Services – They are
still developing and installing Data Acquisition Monitors for looking at the
machine functions from the office – XY’s, Currents, Voltages, Vibration
Information, also Video that scans an image and sends that to the office –
Also he said there is a company in Australia that is planning to link 36
Mike Erisman – Cordero Rojo – They upgraded their Marion
8750 machine with digital generator field drives - DCS installed them –
working out very well – seems to have smoothed out the swing motion.
Don Patterson – Drives and Controls Services – They are in
the process of upgrading a dragline with a digital armature drive for the
swing motion. This would be a high current drive and eliminates the swing
Curtis Peterson – Phelps Dodge – Installed a payload
estimation device on their shovel – DCS installed it – seems to be very
accurate – it weighs the material in the bucket – he says the accuracy is as
good or better than what DCS had promised. They are within 5% accurate.
Curtis Peterson – Phelps Dodge – talked about cameras on
the machines – wanted to know if other companies are using them. He said they
have one installed on one of their shovels that looks off the side of the
machine – they had an incident where a hauler operator was washing his windows
while the shovel operator did not know the hauler operator was out of the cab
but he saw him with the camera and did not dump – possibly avoiding an
Dallas McIntosh – Bucyrus Canada – They are installing
some cameras for some of their customers – may be the answer to a lot of
Dennis Isaacs – Northwestern Resources – use cameras on
bucketwheel system and also for boom lowering and raising.
Try to get someone from MSHA to explain the discrepancies
between the inspectors interpretations.
Collision avoidance systems. (Motion detectors, Cameras in
blind spots, Etc.)
probably have a presentation ready for next WMEA on Armature drive upgrade.
probably have a presentation ready on Digital Camera troubleshooting with
photographs and stories.
by Aaron Spielman
concerning part 77.501- waiting on clarification from MSHA.
RAG incident. One
pickup pulling another. Welded clevis to bumper of first vehicle busted and
went through windshield of second pickup killing the driver.
Antelope coal 2300
incident with contract cleaner. Center pin grease line access hole had been
widened. Contract cleaner used an aluminum wrapped broom handle, attached to
vacuum hose, to clean came into contact with high voltage slip ring.
Contractor was injured but not killed.
Two incidents on
trucks rolling away from not following proper procedures. Operator was told
that truck was on fire. Operator jumped from the truck. No brakes were set.
Truck rolled backwards down a grade until it came to rest on its side. Rio
Tinto property, a truck rolled backwards, the bed of the first truck crushing
the cab of the one behind it. Killing the operator.
Go over MSHA
fatalities/incidents that we have had in prior meetings
from MSHA to visit and discuss
analysis: on-line monitoring, National Carbon is working on this
monitoring system presented by an end user
obsolete equipment with updated components
More Vendors than miners
Hans Larisch High wall failure in Tyrone
had previous problem in an area and they were monitoring it
and also patrolling it. Noticed cracking and evacuated the area. Within 2hrs
High wall failed.
Roger Lorenz, with Argo, Brought up that. he has noticed
individual working very close to high voltage ring.
Working on mouse holes, while doing an Audit, or other
Dodge has created a Cooperation Electrical Safety Team, they had to many
forms. Came up with 1.Energy Control Form.(Standard form) it. was developed
by the people that. will have to use it.
Greg at Cortez Gold. They have implemented new procedure,
that will keep the trail cable away from the bucket while working on it.
P&H uses a light tower to heightened awareness- could be
used in various ways. Bad weather, incident rate,
anything to heightened awareness.
Mike Casson mentioned he experienced a plant that had a
touch screen that was used to identify lock out equipment. You could touch
an. area and just. Kept on breaking down to identify procedure
Phelps Dodge using wireless system on pumps
STARTCO is coming out with 5yr warranty.
DCS talked about wireless system
MacDonald Douglas coming out with laptop/cellular service
up to 42'
GPS. PDA Communication.
Letournea (50 series ) eliminated a lot
of wiring harness. Has onboard panel, laptop not needed,
numerous trouble shooting advantage.
P&H new Dipper trips system that will have 2.5 torque
value. Also testing dual hoist drum to angle dig or drum.
Lead by Dave Hisey
Lee Adams –
North American Coal – Sabine Mine
They moved PCR Room reset to the outside for operators.
PCR rooms are locked. They have a program where mine personnel can fill out
cause analysis sheets and submit them; then they have a monthly drawing for
a day off. Sabine rotates operation supervisors through Safety Department
Steve Casille – P&H Mine Pro – Mesa, Arizona
P&H is on a revitalized safety program, upper management is
setting the tone; asking personnel to rethink safety.
John Donahue – Electro Test
They work around hot gear a lot so they have work
procedures they follow and monthly safety meeting to discuss procedures.
Don Smales – Cortez Gold
Their company uses observation cards by employees to report
good and bad things they see – monthly reports on these long range is to get
employees to bring things to the attention of others.
Jon Vendela – Spring Creek Coal
He discussed KEC safety issues and ways to get everyone to
discuss safety when they see problems.
Mark Fuller – American Cable
Their company has given cable handling talks and made
videos of problems they see on site to help your company with safety.
Mark Fuller –
They have a new reflective strip they put into the
jacket, it works at night and has been in oil sands six to eight months and
Don Smales – Cortez Gold
He discussed new digital upgrade on 2800.
Lee Adams – Sabine Mine
They use VFD on 100HP well to stop start up dimming lights.
Clark – Barick Gold
Their new DCS Accu Weight system on shovels is doing well.
John Donahue – Electro Test
They can measure contact resistance while hot on up to 480
Volt systems that cannot be shut off.
Mark Fuller –
Discussed shovel feed like cables to VFD drives need to
be balanced, 3 grd 30, center pilot and insulated for spikes.
Lee Adams – Sabine Mine
Asked if anyone is doing RMS monitoring of machines with
digital drives? Sabine has a long run of trail cable to dragline and is
looking for a boost system to hold voltage up.
Jason Shaw – Luskar Mine
They are starting to look at hi frequency transformer
vibration acoustic analysis.
Brian Clark – Barrick Gold
They started program with P&H using IR and Vibration
monitoring on shovels to help Barrick with preventative troubleshooting.
Jon Vendela – Spring Creek Coal
Their goal is to reduce cable size and eliminate the back
injuries that occur with 500 MCM cable. They are testing a dragline soft start
system. This system is different in that it uses the existing motor and
generator field drives to run the sets up to sync speed and then close in the
sync starters. This should reduce the cable size from 500MCM to 4/0
constituting a weight reduction from 12 pounds to 6 pounds.
He also discussed the their new PLC on the 2300 shovel.
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