Leading electronic technology development for safer mines

first_imgHaving secured the foremost market position with its Pedestrian Detection System (PDS), Booyco Electronics has launched its fully integrated Asset Protection System (APS) for surface equipment. Anton Lourens, Managing Director, says that the APS represents latest generation technology and facilitates effective communication between surface vehicles. “Visitors to the Booyco Electronics stand at Electra Mining Africa 2016 will be able to experience first-hand how we have leveraged this electronic technology to enhance vehicle and operator safety in surface mining operations,” Lourens says.He explains that as a leading supplier of reliable innovative mine safety related products, Booyco Electronics combines its in-depth understanding of conditions in both underground and surface mining operations with best practice engineering and manufacturing expertise to produce a line-up of technologically proficient solutions. “The APS was developed, in addition to our underground VLF system, and it has been optimised for both the detection of pedestrian movement and more accurate detection of fast moving machinery in relation to each other,” he says. The Booyco Electronics APS transfers information between users via the company’s unique Human Machine Interface and because it is able to process large amounts of data rapidly it meets the critical requirement for vehicle to vehicle proximity detection. Communication with operators is done using easily recognisable icons making it simple to understand and avoiding any issues through poor literacy levels. Another option is pre-recorded messages in any language and this encourages adoption and prevents alienation of the system. Booyco Electronics only deploys its proximity warning solutions following application and situation specific risk assessments. This, Lourens explains, ensures appropriate fit-for-purpose deployment of its PDS and APS solutions which is essential for the reliable provision of information to facilitate safety interventions. When pedestrians or other vehicles are detected, the PDS and APS deliver specific application appropriate alerts which could include an initial warning, controlled slow-down zone of the vehicle and a stopping zone. Technology use allows the system to create narrow band zones in close proximity to the side of the vehicle and determine zone shaping to meet specific operational requirements. The PDS and APS incorporate full self-diagnostics, which are visual and voice display activated in the case of a warning or system failure. In addition, the systems are supplied with testing equipment for both the surface and underground areas to ensure maximum functionality. Various downloading options are available for recorded data, including wireless when at an access point. The system is also IS-compliant meeting the safety requirements of fiery mines.BEAMS software is used as a reporting tool to ensure that PDS and APS events can be analysed and used as a change-in-behaviour tool.Also on display on the stand will be the Booyco Electronics Biometric Control System. This innovative system, developed specifically for the operating environment in the mining sector, uses fingerprints to facilitate access to restricted areas and to validate licensed machine operators. Use is made of personalised smart cards on which an individual’s fingerprints and other relevant data such as licensed capabilities and expiry dates are stored. This provides the ideal solution allowing controlled access to moveable items such as earthmoving and mining equipment, blasting boxes and carts, as well as conveyor starter panels. Booyco Electronics has also established itself as a provider of reliable sensors capable of providing accurate information and optimising safety, both on surface and underground. The locally manufactured products are engineered to withstand the harsh conditions in a mining or petrochemical environment.The ESI Smart Sensor for fixed locations and the handheld Sentient Sensor will be on display at Electra Mining Africa 2016. The compact ESI Smart Sensor, weighing only 1.8 kg, has the ability to measure one of 15 different gases from a single controller. This feature sets the instrument apart from other such units currently available. The device’s information display makes it simple to use, and it can also accommodate other sensors with analogue outputs, such as air velocity sensors or smoke detectors. Gases that can be monitored using this EXia T4 Intrinsically Safe gas sensing instrument include oxygen (02), carbon dioxide (CO2), flammable gases such as methane (CH4) and combustible gases such as carbon monoxide (CO). The instrument also carries SANS IEC 60079 Part 0:2005, SANS IEC 60079 Part 11: 2007 and IEC 60529 (IP code) approvals and offers ingress protection to IP56.The Sentient is a handheld multi-gas sensor specifically developed to improve safety in confined spaces. This low maintenance device is operated using an innovative “tap” sensor and does not have any buttons on it. This ensures the instrument remains watertight.Another unique feature is its ‘drop protection’ capability that automatically switches the device off should it be dropped. The Sentient, which also measures relative humidity as a standard offering, is IP68 rated and available with Fire Patrol capabilities. The Fire Patrol Sentient unit has a bright red seal and is inserted into outstations located in specific areas underground or on surface. The device then records date, time, gas and humidity measurements at that specific location.last_img read more

16 reasons everyone was mad for 1990s girl magazines

first_imgLAVA LAMPS, GLOW in the dark stars, chokers, hair mascara, oh my!Being a girl in the 90s was brilliant. Girl Power was riding high in the charts, everyone was wearing rip-away tracksuit bottoms, and all the boys were rocking Sun-In tips. Not to mention the amazing magazines on offer.We’re talking about magazines like Mizz, Bliss, Sugar, Shout, My Guy, Just Seventeen (later J17), Smash Hits, Top of the Pops and the scandalous More. Here’s our love letter to the art form that was the girly mag.1. Lyrics booksYoung ones these days don’t know they’re born. Google the lyrics to your favourite song? It was either hovering over your family stereo frantically rewinding the tape – or buying a Top of Pops magazine and getting a lyrics book. Magical. Source: eBay Source: eBay2. PostersEither purpose-designed posters from Smash Hits or carefully cut out pages from magazine interviews with your flavour of the month. Worth every painstaking effort to cut a straight line with the kitchen scissors. Source: eBay Source: eBay3. Problem pagesOh, sweet nectar. The horrifying problems of others, laid bare, to make you feel oh-so-much better about your own teenage anxieties and worries. All your fears, assuaged by the kindly voice of an agony aunt. Source: eBay4. The weird slangBecause teen magazines were an import from the UK, they contained all sorts of weird and wonderful slang that we didn’t have in Ireland. Things like “snog” and “lush”. Or even “fit”. And what about “boyf” or “preggers”? We definitely got them from Just Seventeen/J17. Source: anlimara5. Serialised booksIn the later 90s, some magazines started serialising fiction – ensuring you just HAD to buy the mag every time it came out. A cunning plan. Diary of a Crush from J17 was one we remember particularly well. Source: sheknownasjess.blogspot,com6. Cringe confessionsTeen magazines obviously realised at a certain point that people were only reading the problem pages to feel better about themselves – so they took it one stage further, giving you weekly “cringe confessions”. Embarrassing incidents were relayed in stomach-churning detail, then given a cringe rating. Glorious. Source: eBay7. True lifeNot to mention true life essays – bringing you “The Issues” in a digestible story format. So obviously made up, but so compelling. Source: Pinterest8. StickersSmash Hits were always good for the cheeky sticker sheets. Anyone remember the “The Truth Is Out There” set? One DailyEdge.ie member had that affixed to their bunkbed for quite a long time. Source: eBid9. Make-up and fashion tutorialsMizz and Sugar were the business. They showed you how to perfectly apply the pointless (but utterly 90s) cosmetic that was Natural Collection clear mascara. They had you at “10 ways to wear glitter”. Source: Painted PoutsAnd what about the dodgy 90s fashion pages? Replete with brands you had never heard of, but pined after whole-heartedly anyway. Tammy, anyone? Source: TruffleShuffle10. Free stuffGlittery nail varnish! Weird hair swirls! A free CD? Oh Bliss, oh Mizz – you are truly spoiling us. The sort of free tat you might get with your Sugar or Mizz Source: eBay Source: Pinterest11. InterviewsInterviews were just more compelling in 90s magazines, not least because they were one of the only sources of information on your idols. It really felt like you were getting some sort of juicy info, not to mention the style was a lot more casual and irreverent. Also, who can forget that Smash Hits actually NAMED the Spice Girls? Source: eBay12. Poring over them with matesOne of the best parts of magazines was reading them with friends, waiting til everyone was finished til you could turn the page, swapping around different issues during lunchbreak. Source: Who’s Dated Who?13. CollectingAnd you HAD to keep them. Who were you, really, if you didn’t have a few well-thumbed copies of Sugar, Mizz and one contraband More in your collection? Source: Pinterest14. Graduating through the titlesYou went from Mizz, to Sugar, to Bliss, to Just Seventeen. From Top of the Pops to Smash Hits – everyone had a rite of passage during puberty when they “graduated” on to the magazine for the slightly older kids. And OF COURSE you always wanted to be one step ahead, reading More magazine when you were really more in line for Shout. Source: Nigel May Source: Nigel May15. Scandalous informationSpeaking of More magazine – Position of the Fortnight? May as well have been a blue film for the palpitations it induced. Just IMAGINE if your mam had seen? Doesn’t bear thinking about. Source: pi-young.com16. How the other half liveAnd, of course, fellas. We haven’t forgotten about you. We’re well aware that girls’ magazines weren’t just read by the girls – but frequently snaffled, devoured and enjoyed just as much by the boys too. Just call it morbid curiosity. Source: eBayWhat were your favourite magazines in the 90s? Did you sneak More or were you more of a Mizz? Let us know in the comments. Read: 19 things that made 1990s pop magazines life-changing>Read: 9 reaons why teen magazines for girls ruled>last_img read more