Canadian Cables Built to Withstand Mining ConditionsWed, 10/21/2015 - 19:05
Mining conditions are well-known to be harsh on equipment, contributing to regular wear and tear. This reality leaves mining companies hunting for ways to increase the longevity of equipment in such testing surroundings. Canadian company Mine Cable Services (MCS) has designed a resistant and robust range of cables that can withstand the environment of any mine, offering its customers viable and cost-efficient alternatives to other products in the market. Besides the cruel confines of the mine itself, Richard Lussier, Technical Sales Representative of MCS explains that mining personnel can also have a significant impact on the resilience of its merchandise. “Cables are always at the mercy of the workers, so they have to be trained to handle them properly,” he states. “To some extent we can help with that, but we cannot enforce it, so we also provide products that can minimize damage.” One such product is a specially designed cable stand, which prevents personnel from crossing over the laid cables. Stands such as these originated from necessity, thanks to a Canadian and US law which specifies that connections have to be elevated off the ground. While these countries are stringent in their pursuit of such safety laws, Mexico is still lagging slightly behind, although, according to Lussier, Grupo Mexico and Goldcorp have shown a similar level of care and attention to their workers in Mexico.
Even with such innovations, the training and advisory services that MCS provides has become an indispensable route for many companies. “Companies like to implement this service into their budgets. They ask about how to manage the cable, how to repair it, and how to protect it in the best possible way. If a company wants to buy one of our products, we would suggest the best way to install the product to minimize damage. We are not there to become a mining advisor, or to implement any regulations, we just offer advice on the use of our products,” says Lussier.
MCS builds and designs its own mini-voltage couplers, ranging from 5,000v up to 25,000v, but that is by no means the company’s limit. “Even now, we can certify a 25,000v coupler right up to a maximum of 35,000v,” explains Lussier. MCS also provides all kinds of different accessories for the protection and management of cables. Its main product line is designed to provide connection and visibility from the sub-station, all the way down to the equipment, whether that is an electric drill or a shovel. A range of crossover mats can also be supplied to help cables survive the weight of light to heavy haulage trucks. In the case of a damaged cable, MCS can repair it to the same mechanical and electrical characteristics as the original. In the long term, MCS will be able to provide that capacity in Mexico, once its facilities are established in the country.
As far as its operations in Mexico, MCS is looking to grow rapidly. The company will hire a dedicated representative in the country to deal with a few of the problems it has faced, particularly in the transportation and shipping of products to Mexico. Additionally, Lussier mentions the intention to set up an office and a small warehouse where the company can keep some inventory to ease those issues. “We are trying to establish a firmer client base here in Mexico, especially in Sonora. By the start of our 2015 fiscal year, we should be well on our way to rooting down in Mexico.”