Nautitech’s Thermal Camera Wins Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety 2015 Innovation Award
Peabody Energy Rolls out Nautitech’s Thermal Camera Technology
A thermal imaging camera developed by Nautitech, designed to significantly reduce workplace injuries and deaths in underground coal mining operations, has won the prestigious 2015 Innovation Award at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference.
The top award is a major endorsement of Nautitech’s world-leading product capabilities, and follows an extensive trial of the ExTREME CAM thermal camera by the world’s largest privately-owned coal mining company, Peabody Energy.
Commenting on Nautitech’s winning of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference’s 2015 Innovation Award, Nautitech General Manager, Alex Lester, said: “The competition for this award was fierce, with many good ideas coming from the 10 finalists. This award recognises Nautitech's outstanding capabilities, and teamwork, and we’re delighted to have received what I think is one of the most prestigious safety awards in Australia.”
As a result of the trial at Peabody’s North Goonyella underground mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin precinct, the company is now integrating Nautitech’s thermal cameras into its entire fleet of coal shuttle cars and other equipment across its Australian underground coal mining operations.
The thermal camera works because it has been designed to detect heat rather than light, and enables a clearer display of people, machines, cables and other relatively warm objects in areas that are in total darkness and or affected by dust, heat and steam. In these challenging environmental conditions, employees are exposed to the risks of crushing, pinning or being run over by heavy machines, causing serious injuries or death.
“Peabody Energy is continually focussing on lowering the risks to its employees and sees the introduction of this technology as an additional layer of protection,” Peabody said.
“The benefits of the infrared camera have been very noticeable. The ultimate reward is the elimination of people and equipment near misses and collisions. This innovation will save lives and help our mines move closer to our goal of incident-free workplaces.”
“An additional benefit from the camera has been the reduction in cable damage. At $16,000 each time, the costs associated with the cameras were quickly reimbursed,” Peabody said.
The thermal camera is ideally suited to mobile machines such as shuttle cars, loaders, graders, man transporters or shearer carriers. It also can be used in conjunction with mobile machines that have proximity detection systems fitted in order to add an important visual element to the system.