Taylor called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to Edmonton.
Jim Van Emmerik read the minutes and they were approved as read.
Jerry Endres provided the Treasure report.
Jerry also informed the group that the printer that was lost
during the Denver 2002 meeting has been reimbursed by the Renaissance
Reyes announced the following future meeting sites:
Nov. 12 – 14 2003
Tucson, Arizona held at the Doubletree
May 12 – 14 2004
Rapid City, South Dakota held at the Ramkota
Nov. 17 - 19 2004
Reno, Nevada held at the Silver Legacy
May 8 –
Calgary, Alberta held at the Sheridan
Nov. 16 – 18 2005
Denver, Colorado held at the Renaissance
announced that tomorrow the group is invited on a field trip to General
Electric to view a demonstration on ice blasting cleaning.
Transportation is provided and lunch will be served at the General
Terry had announced in Denver, Landis Bayless, is no longer employed by
Texas Utilities. WMEA
bylaws state that officers must be employed by a users group.
At that time, Terry Taylor, moved from 1st Vice President to
Reyes moved from 2nd Vice President to 1st Vice President. Terry Taylor
terminated his employment from Barrick Goldstrike in early June, 2003 .
Due to the short time between Terry’s exit from Barrick and the WMEA
meeting, Terry graciously volunteered to conduct the Edmonton meeting.
Martin Reyes will automatically move up to President for the
Tucson meeting. This
left the 1st and 2nd Vice President positions open. Nominations were
opened with Jed Jensen and Ed Barnett nominated.
Election for these two positions will be held in Tucson.
Terry stated that we are in need of steering committee members.
then announced the meeting’s agenda and described the group discussion
into 5 groups to
items for next meeting
Welding Hazards, Mitigating the Risks – Dave Hisey, Syncrude/John
Richards, Sigma Industrial Sales
New Static Drive System for Mining Excavators – Walter Koellner,
Adjourn for Lunch
Dragline GPS/Production Monitoring – Carl Hendricks, Aquila
Noise Abatement –
Wagener, Rod McDonald, Noise solutions/Clifford Farszer, Frazer
Farquharson & Associates.
Off Highway Vehicle: Electric Drive system Interface Advancements
– Alan Randolph, General Electric.
Compressed Gas Systems video – Dave Hisey, Syncrude.
Terry Taylor called the meeting to order.
Group discussion - Summary of group discussions held the previous
TPM-Total Productive Maintenance – Terry Taylor.
Meeting adjourned to attend General Electric Dry Ice demonstration
DC Drive System With AFE
Welding Hazards Mitigating the Risk
Off Highway Vehicle: Electric Drive System Interface Advancements
Dave Hisey request, discussed bonding equipment when fueling. From the
group, we found that nobody in the group does it in the field not at the
fueling stations. It was mentioned by several that they have a bonding
means for off loading tankers and blasting trucks.
Farnsworth: mentioned an incident at their mine when there was an explosion
in a blast hole. They had drilled the hole and they used a plastic
liner in the hole to put the explosives down hole. While the full
report is not yet available, preliminary reports point to a methane ignition
in the hole with the ignition source being static caused by the blasting
materials sliding on the plastic liner of the hole. It was a hole in
overburden, but had been drilled to the coal. Others in the group also
mentioned that there had been methane ignitions on their properties at
various locations, often in dewatering fields.
Perez: Mentioned an article on fall protection. According to the
articles, after a fall, suspension in an upright position can often be
fatal. Plans need to be made for rapid rescue after any fall. That led
to a discussion of the need for proper tie-off points on equipment.
Kalmbach of B&B Electric Motor talked about a new test procedure that
they have developed. It is an Inductions Rotor Bar Test. The
rotor must be tested out of the machine and they use a high current and low
voltage to do the test. They say the test shows great promise in
diagnosing potential rotor bar failures.
Mostyn of Americable mentioned that they are adding a 3M reflective tape,
which is pressed into the jacket to help with cable visibility at night.
They do have some cable with this tape currently under test at a mine.
Mostyn, Americable: 1) He had attend a mining show where the Operations
Manager of the Que Creek Mine gave a presentation. He mentioned that
to be a very interesting presentation. 2) He mentioned that there is a
company in California who had done presentations on ‘Virtual Reality
Training’ for shovels, draglines & longwall operations.
Lead by Martin Reyes
JEFF GLENNEY OF STARTCO MAY BE ABLE TO DO A
Jim Van Emmerik
regards to grounding of haul truck during fueling, two mines said that they
use no grounds at all. Bob Ford of Coteau said that when fueling from their
service truck, the service truck is bonded to the vehicle being fueled by a
cable with a welding clamp.
pool of money exists, each incident deducts from the pool, and any late
reporting results in a severe reduction. At years end, the money left
in the pool is divided amongst the employees.
if the quarterly medical reportable goal is met (currently under 4), a prize
is drawn for. Recently a big screen television was given away.
This quarter the prize is a trip and $1,000 in cash.
Ford of Coteau described what they use for an incentive system to bring
forth new ideas. They call it CIP, Coteau Improvement Process.
To submit an idea, a form is filled out and then reviewed by a review board.
If the idea is implemented, points are awarded and goods can be purchased
from the company store. Additionally, they have incorporated a scratch
card with values of 5 to 50 points. These are given to employees that
are observed demonstrating safe behavior. The review board also
follows up to insure that the approved suggestion has been implemented.
Koellner of Siemens mentioned that remote diagnostics are continuing to
improve machine optimization. Additionally, Walter told us of a gearless
dragline that is on the drawing board. Walter also spoke of haul truck
testing that is being conducted in Australia to reduce the noise level on
inverter driven motors by 3 or 4 decibels. Changing the pulse patterns
Gaulton of Syncrude spoke of a system where the technicians carry a laptop
with them in their service vehicle. When they are called to a piece of
equipment requiring service, the technicians write the work order then and
there. They then input their own information as to what they did and
no one can change that data. Additionally, they have a remote
diagnostic system on a couple of haul trucks. The dispatcher monitors
these vehicles remotely and when a fault arises, the dispatcher can, in a
lot of instances, tell the technician what the problem is before they arrive
at the truck.
Isaacs – Westmoreland Coal - Jewett Mine – Gives each employee a $300
bonus if the mine completes one year without a lost time accident, recently
we had a bad rash of lost time accidents and our mine manager
said he would give each employee one day pay if we could go one month
without a lost time accident.
He thought that would turn things around and get us on the right
Jeffrey – Luscar – They are soon starting a $14.5 million overhaul on a
1360 BE Dragline – Replacing bull gears, boom work, new motor control
centers that would barely fit in the existing space, digital generator field
drives and lots of other upgrades and repairs.
This is scheduled to be a 90 day outage.
Barrett – Drives and Control Services – their company is building
pre-wired e-houses to be installed on the draglines during an outage.
These e-houses have the PLC’s, digital drives, contactors, relays, etc.
installed with terminal strips to connect the existing wiring from the
machine. They just set the e-house on back of the machine and hook it
Johnston – Bucyrus – They are logging on to a central PLC and are able
to remotely change drive parameters and fine tune machines from their
office, not just monitor the actions of the machine but to actually change
drive parameters etc. They have this installed on a 495 shovel.
They are also installing another PLC on the machine to record and
monitor machine functions. The PLC will record data for several weeks and
they are able to search back to find the position the machine (such as the
bucket position etc.) and what caused the problem when the trip occurred.
Adams – Kennecott Mine – They are focusing on better installations of
new equipment, making sure they are installed up to code, using the right
parts and doing the job right the first time.
Their mine is also trying to combine PM processes to be more
integrated with other PM’s for the same machine and changing the frequency
of some of the things being inspected such as inspecting an item that they
never have any problems with every year instead of every three months.
was a question to all groups about bonding the lube truck while refueling.
There were two mines in our group that did bond the fuel truck while
One used a clamp to clamp to the truck, the other used a pin and
sleeve type connector that would pull apart if they forgot to disconnect it
before driving off.
frequency sound not attenuated as much as high frequency so it travels
farther. A 10 db reduction in sound level constitutes a 50 % reduction Ear
protection most effective at higher frequencies, but filtering of low
frequencies not as pronounced. Noise reduction involves more than just ear
protection. High sound levels can be transmitted through the body skeletal
structure; appropriate footwear can offer some reduction in sound
transmitted in this manner.
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