Monitech Mining Company Profile

Monitech Mining are a specialist provider of safety and monitoring solutions to the mining industry in South Africa, sub-Saharan African and across the globe. Our products are designed to exceed the most stringent safety and quality standards applicable to mining operations all over the world.

Monitech Mining’s head office and manufacturing facilities are located in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, in the industrial heartland of South Africa, close to both O.R. Thambo International Airport and many of our South African mining clients. From here we design, manufacture, install and maintain a wide range of mining-related products and systems. Our mission is to continually improve the safety of mining personnel, from both a health and an engineering perspective.

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[JOHANNESBURG, 11 JUNE 2018]: MENTORSHIP IS A KEY INGREDIENT IN ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE DIVERSE WORLD OF MINING, WHETHER THOSE WORKING AT THE MINE FACE, OR IN THE MINING SUPPLY CHAIN. WITH THAT IN MIND, MONITECH, A SOUTH AFRICAN INDUSTRY LEADER IN MINING SAFETY AND MONITORING SOLUTIONS, HAS TAKEN THE LEAD BY SENDING ONE OF ITS WOMEN TECHNICIANS TO THE US FOR A TRAINING COURSE AT ONE OF ITS PRINCIPALS.    

Several studies have indicated that it makes good sense to have greater diversity in organisations, both at board and senior levels. Set against this increasingly favourable backdrop, there is continued pressure for greater gender diversity in the mining industry. Based on that understanding, Monitech believes training plays a greater role in advancing women in an industry that is still largely male-dominated. As a result, the mining safety and monitoring solutions provider recently sent one of  their women technicians, Zukiswa Mkhulisi, for a five-day training course in Evansville, Indiana, United States, at mine safety technology expert, Matrix Design Group LLC.

Monitech is the sole African distributor of Matrix’s safety systems in southern Africa. The local supplier and its US principal, Matrix Design Group, have forged a strategic partnership to advance mining safety systems in their entirety. The Matrix Intellizone® System is the market leader in the US coal mining market on trackless mobile machinery. To replicate this sort of market dominance in the local market, Monitech has prioritised training as a tool to equip its technicians with the much-needed technical knowhow to be able to support the systems locally. Not only is the mining safety and monitoring solutions provider advancing training of its staff, but it is taking the lead in the advancement of its women technicians.

Mkhulisi is grateful for the opportunity afforded to her by Monitech, and reiterates that mentorship plays a crucial role in advancing women in this industry. She is of the view that hard work and knowledge are crucial pillars of success in the mining industry. “It’s about doing well and proving your worth. It’s not about being male or female; it’s about knowledge, skills and experience in your field,” she says.

As much as companies may be willing to invest in the advancement of young women in mining, Mkhulisi advises that it should also take a great deal of hard work and dedication on the part of the individual employee to make the most of the afforded opportunities. She is a living example of a typical hard-worker, in every aspect of the word. Armed with a National Technical Certificate completed at the Ekurhuleni West College in 2016, the 24-year old workshop technician from Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, is not resting on her laurels. She is busy enhancing her technical aptitude and is currently studying for an Electrical Engineering degree – Process and Instrumentation at the University of South Africa.  

During the five-day training at Matrix, Mkhulisi was exposed to the finer details of the manufacturing processes, assembly, testing and fault-finding. The training focused on Matrix proximity detection systems and associated equipment. “The trip helped me gain greater insight into the processes, instrumentation and machine monitoring side of mining, a niche field in which I intend to specialise,” she says. In conclusion, Mkhulisi is positive that through proper training, women in mining can help shape a better future for their successors as they group together to transform the industry, making it more receptive and inviting to people of all genders and backgrounds.

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Monitech Contact:
Nick Murray

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Tel: 011 395 4312

Cell: +27 (0)82 659 3325
Email: nick@monitech.co.za 
Web: www.monitechmining.com

 

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SETTING NEW GAS MONITORING STANDARDS IN COAL MINING

[Johannesburg, 9 November 2017]: A relentless research and development (R&D) regime at Monitech Mining Monitoring Systems, a South African industry leader in mining safety and monitoring solutions, has resulted in an incessant rejuvenation of its Hazardous Area Control System, which has become the methane detection technology of choice in underground coal mining applications.   

 The presence of methane gas in coal mining processes is highly probable. As such, monitoring methane levels in operational mining sections has become obligatory. Available legislation calls for the installation of methane monitoring technology on mining machines to monitor and inhibit production whenever the existence of methane beyond predetermined levels is detected.

As a result, methane monitoring technologies have become the gold standard in coal mining applications. Use of modern-day technologies such as Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System has helped shape the coal mining industry, especially considering the stringent safety parameters in any mining environment. “It is legislated that purpose-made equipment is used. The technology must be approved under the relevant standards for equipment to be used in hazardous areas,” explains Renier Rautenbach, General Manager of Monitech.

Introduced some 15 years ago, Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System has continuously evolved over the years to become the mainstay of the coal mining industry. Leveraging Monitech’s engineering expertise and many years of product development, the Harzadous Area Control System continues to soar above the competition.

As Rautenbach explains, one of the key benefits of this technology – entirely designed and manufactured at Monitech’s Benoni facility in Gauteng, South Africa – is its versatility, which allows it to be adapted to any required platform. “The equipment is also very flexible in terms of its application capabilities,” says Rautenbach.    

Rautenbach also reiterates Monitech’s strong commitment to its R&D to maintain a competitive edge and market dominance in such a competitive trading environment. He highlights the importance of R&D in the development of Monitech’s products and solutions, as well as improving the performance of existing ones, considering that innovation, which is a crucial element in today’s product development, does not happen without R&D. “The key benefit of using this particular system is that it was designed around the requirements laid down through continuous engagement with our customers to ensure it is best suited to their needs,” he says.

Despite a sustained positive response to the technology from the South African coal mining industry to date, Rautenbach says Monitech is continuously working on new development areas to further meet the ever-changing needs of its customers in the quest to maximise underground safety and productivity.

The methane detection field was the first business area in which Monitech started operating, and continues to remain the cornerstone of the company’s success. Apart from a sure-fire product that continues to set new standards in the coal mining industry, delivering impeccable customer service has established Monitech as the supplier of choice. “Monitech provides in-depth system training to ensure maximum benefit to its customers,” says Rautenbach, adding that all of the company’s underground support staff are fully qualified specialist underground artisans to ensure the best application-specific support for Monitech customers. 

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Monitech Contact:
Nick Murray

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Tel: 011 395 4312

Cell: +27 (0)82 659 3325
Email: nick@monitech.co.za 
Web: www.monitechmining.com

Media Contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 

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PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEM COMMISSIONED FOR SASOL MINING COAL FIELDS

[Johannesburg, 28 August 2017]: Monitech Mining Monitoring Systems, specialist provider of safety and monitoring solutions to the mining sector in South Africa and globally, was recently commissioned to supply and install a Proximity Detection System to a number of Sasol Mining’s underground operations.

The project, completed in good time, was an initiative by Sasol Mining to have a Proximity Detection System (PDS) put in place to assist with the compliance of the Department of Mineral Resources’ regulations requiring integrated proximity detection systems on underground Trackless Mobile Machinery (TMM) at its underground operations in South African coal fields.

The project, which included supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the Proximity Detection System as well as associated training, was awarded to Monitech Mining Monitoring Systems, whose portfolio spoke to the project’s need for a reliable, effective, accurate, low-cost-of-ownership solution backed by around-the-clock qualified service and support. “Integration of the system had to be timeously completed with minimal impact on mining operations,” remarks Nick Murray, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Monitech.

Matrix IntelliZone® Proximity Detection System

The Matrix IntelliZone® Proximity Detection System (PDS) and its associated Cap Lamp Locator (CLL) are fully approved for use underground in fiery mines and meet DMR standards for Proximity Detection Systems to be fitted to all Trackless Mobile Machinery (TMM) in the South African mining sector.

The system creates awareness of the danger areas around Trackless Mobile Machinery (TMM). This is achieved by means of two zones, namely the ‘Warning Zone and the ‘Shutdown Zone’. The Warning Zone alerts personnel to impending danger when in close proximity to a TMM, allowing them to take the necessary avoiding action. The TMM is also put into ‘crawl’ mode if the Warning Zone is breached.

The Shutdown Zone is closest to the TMM. If personnel breach this zone an immediate shutdown of the TMM occurs. The TMM remains in this state until the Shutdown Zone is cleared.
A safe zone can be created for the operator/s of the TMM. The operator/s can associate with the specific TMM and whilst they are inside the ‘Operator Safe Zone’ the TMM can be operated freely. If the operator steps out of the ‘Safe Zone’ a Shutdown of the TMM will occur.

“These zones can have any shape desired and are easily customisable to different types of equipment and their intended applications,” says Murray. “The system comes with a host of built-in benefits including: long-range detection; rugged personnel locators; precise worker location within zones for accurate alerting and control, as well as intelligent linear and dynamic zones,” he notes.

“The system that has been implemented for Sasol Mining uses a unique and proven technology. It accurately tracks personnel around moving machinery in a way that is specifically programmed for that particular piece of equipment; this is a globally patented technology. Other aspects that make this system unique are its long-term low cost of ownership and the OEM qualified and trained team that we have cultivated for world-class support,” he adds.

Work flow and opportunities

The original project time line was one year, starting in mid-2016, which was drastically reduced due to impending legislation. “Even so, with full cooperation from all stakeholders, these reduced time lines were achieved,” says Murray. “At Monitech, we believe it takes an empowered, motivated and invested team to achieve success with due credit shared by all. The shrinking project time lines were very well managed by Sasol’s program managers and our qualified underground staff, whose initiative on the project was second to none; the work changes were received and resolved with enthusiasm, with customer satisfaction being the primary aim,” he adds.

Twenty direct employees from Monitech were engaged in the project, including a fully qualified underground project manager, engineers and specialist technicians. “Through the project, Monitech was able to train and offer sustained employment and skills development to members of the local community and in turn, this has allowed the company to grow. The project has also made the empowerment of its staff through extensive training and experience possible, which has further galvanized the company and its employees,” Murray notes.

Further to this, the undisputable dedication of both Monitech and Matrix Design Group were key to the success of the project. “Tackling this project together strengthened both our relationships with our clients as well as our partnership and showcased once again our commitment to supplying new technologies to the mining sector,” says Murray.

Conclusion

Monitech has fostered long and successful relationships with all of the major mining houses in the South African coal industry and has always combined excellent service with highly skilled technical support, which is attested to by the quality of its client relationships. “Our products are consistently of the highest quality as we employ the ISO9001 Quality Management System and we have a solid reputation for developing products that relevant to our customers’ needs,” Murray asserts.

“The success of the Sasol Mining project highlights Monitech’s capabilities, not only in delivering top class products to the mining sector, but in doing so comfortably under challenging expectations. The rollout of this project reinforces our commitment as a reliable service partner with the goal of improving the safety of mining personnel,” says Murray, who concludes, “By establishing and maintaining long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships, this project brings us one step closer to our vision of zero harm in the mining industry and once again proves our commitment to product and service excellence.”

Monitech Mining has been providing specialized products, services, solutions and qualified support to the underground mining industry for over 22 years. The company is an OEM solutions provider with the capacity and expertise to develop bespoke solutions for and together with its clients. Staff are highly trained and experienced in the underground mining environment and the company has a firmly established footprint in the international market along with a number of strategic partnerships with world-leading technology developers and OEMs.

About Monitech Mining Monitoring Systems

Monitech are a specialist provider of safety and monitoring solutions to the mining industry in South Africa, sub-Saharan African and across the globe. Our products are designed to exceed the most stringent safety and quality standards applicable to mining operations all over the world.

Monitech’s head office and manufacturing facilities are located in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, in the industrial heartland of South Africa, close to both O.R. Tambo International Airport and many of our South African mining clients. From here we design, manufacture, install and maintain a wide range of mining-related products and systems. Our mission is to continually improve the safety of mining personnel, from both a health and an engineering perspective.

Monitech Contact:
Nick Murray
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Tel: 011 395 4312
Cell: +27 (0)82 659 3325
Email: nick@monitech.co.za
Web: www.monitechmining.com

Media Contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: 011 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za