Mines provide the critical raw materials needed by our agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The first level metal processing facilities including ore processing, smelting operations, steel, copper and aluminum mills, and casting and forging facilities all use huge amounts of electricity to power the process equipment. The environmental conditions in these facilities can be severe and require robust equipment solutions. Airborne contaminants are always a concern and electrical infrastructure should be inspected at regular intervals. In addition, mining operations are governed by MSHA safety rules which are even more strict than OSHA guidelines.
Under Ground Mining
Mining operations often use portable power sleds with switchgear and transformers mounted. The fact that these are moved frequently and that power connections are shifted around increases the probability of a loose electrical connection. EMSDs allow you to find and fix these small problems before they become an equipment failure.
IRISS EMSDs have been installed extensively in phosphate and other strip mining applications and were specifically developed for these harsh environments where dust, moisture, vibration even caustic contamination would destroy a traditional crystal infrared window.
Similarly to cranes in port applications, mining shovels are primarily now electrically operated. A shovel outage can cost thousands of dollars per hour and starve the ore processing facility. Regular inspections of the shovel’s electrical systems are critical but can only be done safely when EMSDs have been implemented.
Fixed and Mobile Assets
From Rock Crushers to separators to electrically driven super-sized dump trucks, the mining sector relies on many different devices to keep raw material flowing. IRISS has installed infrared windows and other EMSDs on these devices to ensure reliability.
The IRISS Difference
Unparalleled Field of View
The large format IRISS CAP series windows and custom infrared windows have a far superior field of view. The CAP-ENV 24 series has over 12 times the FOV of a 4-inch diameter round window which gives the thermographer infinite viewing angels inside the switchgear through one IR window. Reducing the number of infrared windows needed typically reduces procurement and installation cost by over 50%.
Fixed & Stable Transmission
Our polymer IR window systems maintain fixed and stable transmission (FAST) for the life of the installation ensuring that the temperature data collected through the IR window is accurate and reliable for the whole life of the installation. The lifetime warranty of IRISS EMSD products are ideal for any mining, mineral or metal processing environment.
IRISS Partner Implements Unique Solutions for Phosphate Mining Client
Connected Power Phosphate Services LLC of Lakeland, Florida services the maintenance needs of the mining sector in Florida and Georgia and are a preferred channel partner of IRISS Inc. One of their major customers, a phosphate mining operation with multiple sites around the USA, was experiencing difficulties with some of the high power electrical equipment.