Mining is a critical – and highly explosive – industry in many parts of the world. The aegex10TM Intrinsically Safe Tablet holds a specialized certificate for safety in mining operations where methane and coal dust may be present, specifically for I M2 Ex ib I Mb.
This certification gives mining operators in Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere around the globe the ability to not only maintain real-time communications with their crews but to also access the data they need to make their operations safer and more efficient.
aegex10TM tablets are certified for mining operations throughout Europe according to IECEx 60079 requirements and the ATEX directive, the European Regulatory Framework for Manufacture, Installation and Use of Equipment in Explosive Atmospheres. The tablets are also certified for mining in international locations governed by IECEx, the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres.
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IoT in the mining industry is relatively new. With the right technologies, the “connected mine” can inventory large numbers of heavy equipment and monitor all of their software, maintenance needs and performance. Data about each piece of the mining operation – including people – can be collected and analyzed in the cloud, resulting in an improvement in regulations, as well as alerting managers about potential problems.
The aegex10TM Intrinsically Safe Tablet is specially certified for mining operations, being designed to withstand dust and methane. It is also globally certified for Zone 1 and Division 1 hazardous areas, so it is safe to carry into highly explosive mining locations.
Inside mines, the aegex10TM IS Tablet can collect all types of data to transmit to the cloud. The mine’s IoT platform can be integrated with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite to take advantage of advanced analytics, machine learning and other Azure services that can help improve on-site safety and productivity. With Azure Machine Learning, for example, a mining organization can create a model to predict the common causes for fatigue-related accidents and issue a warning when the probability of such an accident is high. Azure services can also help determine the best type, intensity and location of explosives to optimize blasting conditions.
Using the aegex10TM IS Tablet in mining operations can help to increase productivity and improve safety.