Baja Mining increases safety and efficiency

Mine Radio Systems has implemented a complete scalable system in a Mexican mine. Kate O'Flaherty reports

Baja Mining increases safety and efficiency

Baja Mining Inc. has deployed an all-in-one communications solution designed and installed by Mine Radio Systems (MRS), a global designer and manufacturer of communication systems, on its Mexican Boleo site.

The installation to increase mine operators safety, productivity and profitability has recently completed phase one at the Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese project on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. 

The site required a one-of-a-kind communication solution, allowing constant contact between underground mines, surface mine sites and main operational centres. 

Baja Mining also needed a solution that could be expanded quickly and stand up to one of the harshest environments MRS has worked in.

Scalable

The new communication solution provides Baja Mining’s Boleo site with a complete scalable system. It features two surface repeater sites to provide voice communication coverage between the mine sites and main buildings, as well as microwave linking of all sites. 

The solution also features eight TDMA voice communication channels; automatic channel roaming between repeaters; MRS’ Centrian system integration for the underground mines; GPS functionality; and a dispatch console for the system.

The surface communication infrastructure is connected to and communicates with the
MRS underground Centrian leaky feeder system to provide seamless and constant coverage from surface to underground and vice versa.

MRS will continue to work closely with Baja Mining over the next few months training its on-site employees at Boleo, as well as working on future expansion plans as the site continues to grow. 

‘This project is very special and interesting at the same time. It included a good mixture of advanced technologies and unique challenges,’ says Wisam Farjow, vice president, engineering at MRS.

‘My team and I are very proud about pulling this together and look forward to working with Baja Mining for many years. The remoteness of the mine coupled with the extreme heat became a major obstacle when it came to providing power to the two surface repeaters and main operation building.’ 

‘This has been and will be a significant project for MRS. It’s allowing us to demonstrate our global leadership in advanced communication and safety systems for the mining and tunnelling industries,’ says Ken Morrell, president of Mine Radio Systems.

The MRS ICT (Information Communications Technology) platform offers a suite of high speed communications and safety solutions for mining, tunnelling and infrastructure. The MRS platform includes voice, data, video and safety applications delivered over hybrid backbones, including radiating cable, fibre and Wi-Fi. 

Baja Mining Inc is a Vancouver-based mine development company. It started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2004 after the reverse take over of Mintec International Corporation. Copper production is expected to start in early 2013.

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