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Filtration for Coal mining cabin and engine

Sy-Klone Engine & Air Filtration for Coal Mines

Filtration for Coal mining cabin and engineSy-Klone filtration is used in various mining operations throughout the world. In Colombia South America, Sy-Klone is the preferred automotive cabin and engine filtration systems, for some of the largest coal mines in the country. Cerrejon and Drummond Coal are two worth mentioning. Cerrejon is the largest open pit coal mine in the world and likely the longest in continuous operation.

The D11R fleet at Drummond was the largest fleet of D11’s in the world, with around 113 machines in operation. They are equipped with Sy-Klone Optimax and RESPA CF/CFX. Most of the D11 fleet worked the coal pile while it was continuously burning as the coal piles spontaneously combust and while the crew regularly fight to put out the fires. All of Sy-Klones case studies on electrical cabinets, D11R OPTIMAX and RESPA studies are on machines in active coal mine operations, as they have done more work in coal mines than any other mining Coal mining filtration for cabin and enginetype.

Sy-Klone are working right now on a Liebherr 9400 in New Mexico at a North American Coal Company on installing the OPTIMAX and RESPA systems. This machine is working a coal seam that is on fire and producing fly ash overburden. The machine and operator have suffered significantly from the fly ash which has produced 50-hour engine filter changes and daily cab filter changes.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Acquisition Services (OAS) on behalf of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) intend to award a contract to Sy-Klone International (Sy-Klone) to develop a “Smart-Cab” filtration system and install it on an active piece of equipment to be field tested.

Optimax engine filtration

Sy-Klone has been utilizing NIOSH evidence-based research for nearly 17 years, holds 60 patents for filtration system technology and has 35,000 systems installed globally which enables them to continually research and develop new technologies in mobile equipment filtration. Notice of Intent Smart Cab Filtration System demonstrates the value of having Sy-Klone on-site as a preferred mobile vehicle filtration system.

Sy-Klone are actively engaged in projects with NIOSH to resolve specific coal mining issues around ultra-fine particles. They have developed technology and solutions that other filtration brands cannot rival.  There are many more reasons why Sy-Klone should be the filtration of choice in the Coal Mining industry as they are in various other mining operations. In Australia companies like Rio Tinto, FMG, Citic Sy-Klone Hepa filtration RESPA Merv 16Pacific, Glencore and many more depend on Sy-Klone to keep their operators safe and their equipment operational.

There are various case studies for Sy-Klone Kits for Mining Machines that tell you what the application are and where they are best suited. For more information contact the experts at Lyons Air-conditioning Services on (08) 9259 7777 or email, enquiries@lyons.com.au.

Stop the spread and save lives

Super Tips to Stop the Spread

In light of the Coronavirus affecting the whole world, it is more important than ever to ensure our cabin cleaning methods are at a high standard to protect heavy vehicle operators.

There are many recommendations to keep cabin and air conditioning systems clean as possible to help stop the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.

Here are four highly recommended practices for light and heavy vehicles:

  • Air filters to be regularly replaced, cleaned or upgraded:
    1. Most AC systems will have a recirculation filter that require change or to be cleaned on a periodical basis.Sy-Klone FFX Re-circulation filter
    2. There are mining and construction cabin options for recirculation filter upgrades to higher filtration levels such as the Sy-Klone FFX2.
  • Moisture in evaporators are a “breeding ground” for viruses and bacteria:
    1. There are credible evaporator cleaners such as Viper Clean. These products can be sprayed onto the evaporator every 3-6 months to keep it clean. They utilise slow release enzymes which keep your evap coils cleaner and less restrictive for longer.
  • Clean and maintain condensate system to reduce microbial growthProtection from Bacteria and Virus
    1. Pans where condensate and moisture fall
    2. Drain line connections that harbour micro-organism like bacteria, germs and viruses
  • Regularly clean the vehicle cabin:
    1. Use an antibacterial or commercial grade disinfectant across all surfaces, in particular where there is a large amount of hand contact like steering wheels,gear knobs and handles.

Industry leading Air-con and filtration specialist technicians have historically used the Viper brand for coil cleaning. It is highly recommended that all

vehicles in mining, earthmoving, construction, buses and transport take necessary precautions to avoid contamination.

Lyons have a range of speciality products that protect operators and help stop the spread. For more information please call Lyons on (08) 9259 7777, email equiries@lyons.com.au or visit our website on www.lyons.com.au.

Pressurisers and filtration save lives

Are you at Risk from Airborne Contaminants?

Pressurisers and filtration save lives

Dust contaminants in mining & construction

Airborne contaminants can be inhaled as particles suspended in the air. Many dusts associated with mining and construction contain substances that have little health effect when reasonably well controlled. Other dust particles can contain hazardous materials and can have life changing effects.

One of the most common dusts encountered on mine sites is crystalline silica, which is a mineral found in many natural and construction materials. The particles are so small that they stay airborne long after larger particles have settled to the ground and are easily inhaled deep into the lungs.

Dust protection and suppression saves lives

Dust can contain harmful contaminants

Several varieties of asbestiform minerals may be encountered during exploration activities for iron ore, base metals, gold and subsequent mining. High-energy processes such as cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, polishing, scabbling and crushing can create unacceptable dust exposures if not controlled.

Some metals that are mined or present as processing reagents are potentially toxic if inhaled or ingested, such as lead, arsenic and mercury. Hazardous gases and mists such as sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia can also be generated in process plants and refineries. Fibrous minerals such as crocidolite, chrysotile and grunerite can be encountered during exploration and mining.

Diesel engines can emit exhaust gases. The potential short- and long-term health effects from exposure to diesel emissions are well documented.

Legionella pneumophila is a bacterial organism found in cooling towers, air conditioners and other water systems. In rare cases, the inhalation of contaminated aerosols may cause Legionnaires’ disease, which is a form of pneumonia and can be fatal.

Welding and cutting operations are common on mine sites and generate metal and other fumes.

Abrasive blasting used in mining and manufacturing to clean equipment can generate considerable dust. Open-air abrasive blasting should be done away from working areas with appropriate dust control measures.

Exposure standards

Atmospheric contaminants levels in the mines, construction and workplace must be maintained below the exposure standards. Where no specific exposure standard has been assigned and the substance is both of inherently low toxicity and free from toxic impurities, exposure to dusts should be maintained below 10 mg/m3, measured as inhalable dust (8 hour time weight average – TWA).

Managing airborne contaminants

Dust suppression solutions

How to manage airborne contaminants

Control measures include:

  • Wet downs areas that generate dust
  • Wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) with a clean air supply
  • Fit drills with a water injection or dust extraction system or both
  • Use dust extraction systems and position the dust discharge ducting to not blow back on the operators or others working in the vicinity

    Protect occupant by creating positive pressure in equipment cabins

    Cabin Filtration and Pressuriser

  • Control dust at the source by using a dust suppression system
  • Operating equipment with a well-sealed air-conditioned cabin
  • Fit equipment cabins with suitable filtration systems to maintain positive air pressure and clean airflow
  • Regularly replace filters in filtration devices and systems to prevent dust build-up
  • Prevent dust ingress and test regularly with smoke candles or air detection systems

For the best advice in air conditioning and filtration with over 35 years’ experience in servicing industries throughout Australia and the world, there is no one you can trust like Lyons.

Call us now on (08) 9259 7777 or email enquiries@lyons.com.au and speak to one of our experts to make sure you keep safe all year round.