Options
& Upgrades

   
    
Virtually all aspects of a MineARC Refuge Chamber or Safe Haven design can be customised by our in-house team of engineers, including; dimensions, structural integrity, volume, occupancy and minimum entrapment duration.
    
MineARC offers a range of options and upgrades based on industry and application.

 

All MineARC refuge chambers and safe havens currently installed with a Series I, II or III scrubber can be upgraded to a Series IV control system. MineARC technicians can also retro-fit most non- MineARC chambers with the Series IV.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • i.V.A.N.

    The digital controller interface is the operational hub of the refuge chamber. From here all power, lighting and scrubbing systems can be managed with the push of a button.Exclusive to the MineARC Series IV Control System, i.V.A.N (intelligent voice audio navigation) represents a breakthrough in safe-refuge technology. i.V.A.N is the onboard navigation assistant that guides occupants through operational procedures.The system can also be programmed in virtually any language; useful for international operations where more than one language is spoken on site.

Series IV Scrubber_i.V.A.N.

  • MARCISORB Chemical Cartridges

    The MineARC Series IV Scrubbing System uses pre-packaged MARCISORB chemical absorber cartridges, an improved alternative to the traditional free-pour chemicals found in earlier scrubbing systems models. MineARC’s MARCISORB CO2 and MARCISORB CO cartridges provide superior scrubbing capacity, are easy to load, safe to handle, and can store for long periods.The use of chemical cartridges also translates to noticeable cost savings over the life of the chamber when compared to free-pour methods.

Series IV Scrubber_Chemical Cartridges

 

 

 

STANDARD FEATURES

MARCISORB Chemical Cartridges

MineARC’s MARCISORB CO2 and MARCISORB CO cartridges provide superior scrubbing capacity, are easy to load, safe to handle, and can store for long periods.

Storage

Storage for operating procedures within scrubber.

Docking Stations

Docking stations for digital gas monitor and air con remote.

Series IV Controller Interface

The digital controller interface is the operational hub of the refuge chamber. From here, all power, lighting & scrubbing systems can be managed with the push of a button.

Isolation Switch

Battery UPS isolation switch.

Motion Sensor

Motion sensor and SD card slot.

Vent

Scrubber flow air vent

 

 

SCRUBBING SYSTEM COMPARISON

Considered the most advanced safe refuge technology in the world, MineARC recommends the Series IV upgrade as the most cost efficient and beneficial long term solution if you are looking to improve the cost effectiveness and operation of your chamber.

However, if you currently own a combination of Series I, II and III chambers and do not wish to invest in a site-wide upgrade, we would recommend a Series I/II to III upgrade on all applicable chambers . Not only will this achieve consistency across your site in regards to spare parts, servicing and training, but you will also benefit from many improved features that are available in the Series III control system and allow you the option of a Plenum upgrade if desired.

  SERIES I SERIES II SERIES III SERIES IV
Advanced digital control system Green tick
i.V.A.N. (Intelligent Voice Audi Navigation) Green tick
Pre-packaged MARCIRSORB Chemical Cartridges Green tick
Efficient chemical usage based on CFD analysis Green tick
Increased redundancy, ensuring continual operation Green tick
Intuitive operation Green tick
Motion sensor event logging Green tick
Modular controller design Green tick
In-built storage compartment Green tick
Optional 4-20mA current loop card to allow system upgrades Green tick
Battery monitoring Green tick
Isolated battery diagnostics Green tick
Superior battery charging Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Improved self-test functionality and data logging Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Improved usability and reliability Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Enhanced temperature monitoring Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Remote network monitoring Green tick Green tick
Fully supported spares and servicing Green tick Green tick
Fault logging Green tick Green tick
LCD display  Green tick Green tick Green tick
Automatic chamber activation via motion sensor  Green tick  Green tick Green tick Green tick

 

ENQUIRE

 


  • GuardIAN Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics

    MineARC’s GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System is an exciting new development in refuge chamber technology. GuardIAN enables real-time monitoring; providing confidence that an operation’s fleet of refuge chambers are emergency ready at all times.
     
    GuardIAN is an independent system that continuously monitors all vital refuge operating systems. During standby mode GuardIAN checks for component faults and monitors refuge chamber usage or entry to the chamber.
     
    GuardIAN is available as an option on any new MineARC Refuge Chamber or Safe Haven, and also to retrofit to existing chambers during an upgrade or refurbishment.
    – More information

  • Aura-FX Digital Fixed Gas Monitoring

    Gas monitoring is an essential aspect of maintaining a life supporting atmosphere within the refuge chamber. During entrapment, occupants
    consume oxygen and expire carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) as part of their normal respiration. CO can also enter the chamber during occupant entry and if the compressed air intake is compromised.
     
    Closely monitoring gas levels in the chamber allows occupants to take corrective actions to maintaining a safe and inhabitable environment.
    MineARC’s new Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System is a proprietary fixed gas monitoring unit, designed specifically for use in refuge chambers and safe havens.
     
    Aura-FX is standard on all new MineARC Refuge Chambers and Safe Havens. It is also available to retrofit to most existing chambers during an upgrade or refurbishment.
    – More information

  • Airlocks & Vestibules

    MineARC airlocks and vestibules are designed to act as a staging area between the enclosed protection of the chamber and the outside environment.
     
    They feature positive pressure flushing systems that ensure the out-flow of air; preventing the ingress of contaminants while the door is open for entry. The Positive Pressure Flushing System (PPFS) provides high speed pressurisation and is activated via a simple electric push-button system.
     
    MineARC offers a range of internal and external vestibule solutions designed to suit a wide variety of applications and entry requirements.

    – More information

  • Blast Rating Upgrade

    An optional feature for all MineARC Refuge Chambers and Safe Havens is a blast rating upgrade.
     
    MineARC utilises highly specialised materials and engineering techniques to build chambers that can withstand the concussive forces of extreme blasts and explosions within heavy industry. Through careful analysis of a site’s application and hazard assessment, MineARC can engineer a highly customised refuge chamber or safe haven to meet their specific blast rating requirements.
    – More information

  • Blast Shield Protection

    MineARC can provide structural additions to a refuge chamber or safe haven in order to provide blast shield protection for susceptible components.
     
    This added protection prevents damage to areas of the chamber that either provide life support (such as air conditioning and mine air filtration) or components that, if damaged, will compromise the breathing integrity of the chamber (such as the portal window). – More information

  • Scoop Frame

    MineSAFE Compact Design Chambers can be upgraded to include a ‘scoop’ or ‘bogger’ frame, designed to enable easy transportation via an integrated tool carrier or front-end loader.
     
    Available only for 4 and 6 person chamber models due to weight restrictions, the scoop frame adds another element of maneuverability to the portable design. – More information

  • ITHitch

    MineSAFE Compact Design Chambers can be upgraded to include an IT hitch, enabling easy lifting by an integrated tool carrier.
     
    Available only for 4 and 6 person chamber models due to weight restrictions, the hitch adds another element of maneuverability to the portable design. – More information

  • Pressure Systems

    MineARC pressure systems are designed to help maintain a safe, breathable atmosphere within the refuge chamber.
     
    Systems include the Pressurised Access Safety System (PASS) to ensure safe entry into the refuge chamber, and the Positive Pressure Maintenance System (PPMS) to maintain positive internal pressure within the chamber. – More information

  • Compressed AirManagement System

     
    The Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a breathable air system that is unique to the market; offering a range of features aimed at reducing running costs and improving operational safety during an emergency.
     
    Aside from providing clean breathable air through a superior four-phase filtration process, some of the major benefits of CAMS include; optimisation of mine air services, guarantee against over pressurisation of the refuge chamber, gas toxicity monitoring, flood protection, and reduced service time during filter change-out.
     
    Currently owned chambers can be upgraded with the CAMS upon request. – More information

  • Automated Oxygen Delivery System

    The MineARC Automated Oxygen Delivery System (AODS) is designed to maintain a safe, breathable atmosphere within the refuge chamber.
     
    Once the system is activated, the AODS disperses metered amounts of Oxygen supplied by a compressed Oxygen cylinder. The AODS maintains Oxygen levels between 18.5% and 23% inside the refuge when the external fresh air supply has been compromised or is unavailable. – More information

  • ELVP / ELV Scrubbing System

     
    MineARC’s unique ELVP/ELV (extra-low-voltage) Scrubbing System works in conjunction with active chemicals to ‘scrub’ the build-up of harmful CO2 and CO from the air inside the refuge chamber.
     
    The ELVP/ELV represents six years of technological advancements to the original PLP (powerless portable) scrubbing system, in a safer, more reliable design.
    – More information

  • MARCisScrubbing System

     
    Developed specifically for the CoalSAFE range, the unique MARCis (MineARC Air Refuge Chamber intrinsically safe) system provides both a powerless CO2 / CO scrubber, as well as a powerless air conditioning system. – More information