MagneLink® a Magna Breakthrough in Mining Safety
Lockheed Martin, CONSOL, Delta Electric demonstrate new emergency communications system to head of MSHA
MagneLink is the only MSHA-approved wireless through-the-earth communications system for coal mines. Lockheed
Martin designed it specifically for the mining industry to address post accident emergency communications requirements set forth in the MINER Act of 2006.
Miners extract approximately 60 percent of the world’s coal from underground mines, and the industry is committed to making that work as safe as possible.
Lockheed Martin, CONSOL Energy, and distributor Delta Electric recently showcased the most recent mine safety advancement – Lockheed Martin’s MagneLink® Magnetic Communication System (MCS) – to Joe Main, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA).
During the demonstration at a CONSOL mine in West Virginia, Main used the MagneLink system in actual mine operating conditions approximately 800 feet underground to exchange voice and text communications with surface personnel.
“I think it is amazing we have the ability to truly communicate through-the-earth,” Main said.
And on March 14, the MagneLink system performed flawlessly, both in-mine and above ground, during the demonstration to Dave Chirdon, program manager for MSHA Advance Technology at the Lively Grove Mine in Illinois.
MagneLink is the only MSHA-approved wireless through-the-earth communications system for coal mines. Lockheed Martin designed it specifically for the mining industry to address post accident emergency communications requirements set forth in the MINER Act of 2006. Carroll Technologies Group and its operating company Delta Electric serve as Lockheed Martin’s U.S. distributor for MagneLink.
“The MagneLink MCS is a significant step forward in mining safety technology,” said Todd Moore, CONSOL Energy’s safety director. “We are grateful to Lockheed Martin and Delta Electric for their exceptional partnership and for focusing their resources toward increasing miner safety.”
MagneLink provides two-way through-the-earth communications independent of surface or in-mine infrastructure, and uses voice, data and/or beacon signals to enable communications between trapped miners and rescuers on the surface when no other communication system will function.
“We look forward to getting this potentially lifesaving technology into coal miners’ hands,” said Richard Holmberg, Lockheed Martin’s vice president responsible for MagneLink. “Joe Main’s advocacy and the use of CONSOL Energy’s mines for development and testing have been critical factors in advancing this system and getting it installed in coal mines.”
Posted March 23, 2012