Becker Mining Systems specialises in radio communications and tagging / collision avoidance solutions for the mining industry. We have solutions for hard-rock mines as well as intrinsically safe products for the underground coal industry.
The skills and expertise of our staff enable us to offer the following services: product design and manufacture; system design and engineering; installation and maintenance services; turnkey projects and project management; engineering consulting and auditing; and programming and information technology.
Becker Mining Systems’ smartcom system enables the transmission of radio waves within the entire mine. To achieve this, a transmission cable known as a leaky feeder cable is used. This coaxial cable also transmits radio waves to the environment through the specially prepared screen. This radio technology is naturally not only used for voice transmission; it is also the ideal transmission medium to transmit widespread data and video signals.
The layout of a mine generally follows the deposit, often resulting in curves, branches and other spatial limitations. Similar influences can be expected in tunnelling, and the transmission of radio waves is thus massively impaired. The BeckerCom leaky feeder minimises this impairment.
The active leaky feeder radio communication system consists of the following:
Added to this are passive elements, such as three-way distributors, four-way distributors or a terminal element.
The combiner / splitter module comprises up to four leaky feeder cables and distributes all channels to all connected leaky feeder cables. In unbranched cable lengths, the distance of the amplifier should amount to 350m. As required, the amplifier can be adapted to reduced cable lengths.
The leaky feeder system can be expanded by commercial intercoms of well-known manufacturers such as Motorola and Kenwood. Further systems and system components can be easily integrated into the radio system. Examples include the tagging and tracking system of Becker Mining Systems, and PLC control systems.
The Ex ia-approved radio provides two-way voice communications capability for underground coal mines. The portable radio is easy to operate, fully functioned and highly reliable. The design is compact and user-friendly, making it easy to carry and use.
The collision avoidance system (CAS) was developed to prevent injury and possible loss of life from the operation of mining vehicles in the proximity of mining personnel. In this environment, it is impossible for the vehicle operator to be fully aware of all personnel and light vehicles in the immediate vicinity at all times. The system has the following features:
The BECKERTAG tracking and tagging system enables tracking of all personnel, vehicles and assets throughout the mining operation. Active rags transmit their unique codes to tag readers, which in turn update a centralised database. The data can then be used for a myriad of solutions including location tracking, decline traffic information, fuel management, access control, tip cycle times, and so on.
Firebird, which is an industry-standard, multi-threaded, multi-client access database is at heart of the the BECKERTAG tagging and tracking system.
BECKERTAG utilises proprietary algorithms and techniques to eliminate false or erroneous tag reads. The system also constantly monitors all tag reads and maintains data for assessing system performance, including any “missed” tags or overlaps (between zones). Tag readers are equipped with received signal strength indicator (RSSI) to assist with accurate positioning when required.
Usually all miners (for underground operations) and vehicles entering the mine are required to have an encoded transmitter (tag) fitted. This tag transmits a unique identification code at approximately 1s intervals (can be varied between 0.25s and 2s). The tag has a transmission range of up to 200m and transmission time is sufficiently short to ensure minimal collision of multiple tags.
The active tag readers detect the transmissions and ensure that it is a valid signal, eliminating background noise and spurious signals. Only the correct tag data is transmitted to the database.
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