Draeger to Unveil Revolutionary Mine Safety Solutions at MINExpo 2016

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Company to launch breakthrough mine rescue vehicle and innovative mine rescue chambers, including portable chambers and engineered-to-order solutions

Draeger MRC 5000 Refuge Chamber

Draeger MRC 5000 Refuge Chamber

This rugged underground vehicle is a total life support system that reduces time to rescue by safely transporting mine rescue teams closer to the incident.

Draeger today announced that it will showcase a video of its new milestone in mine rescue, the MRV 9000 mine rescue vehicle, at booth #1933 at MINExpo 2016, to be held September 26-28 in Las Vegas. The company will also unveil a cost-effective, high quality underground emergency chamber, the MRC 5000 mine refuge chamber.

Today’s mines are getting deeper and travel distances are becoming longer for miners, which poses a challenge to mine rescue plans. To help protect miners in increasingly dangerous conditions, Draeger has expanded its portfolio in North America to include emergency shelters and a first-of-its-kind mine rescue vehicle.

“The MRV 9000 mine rescue vehicle is a new milestone in mine rescue,” said Kent Armstrong, Global Business Development Manager, Segment Mining for Draeger. “Our mission at Draeger was to design and develop a mine rescue vehicle for mine rescue teams to utilize into the 21st century. This rugged underground vehicle is a total life support system that reduces time to rescue by safely transporting mine rescue teams closer to the incident. In short, it’s a ‘chamber on wheels’ for both the driver and those rescued.”

The Draeger MRV 9000 was commissioned by Goldcorp Inc., a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas. Visitors to Draeger’s booth at MINExpo 2016 will be among the first to preview a detailed video of this groundbreaking mine rescue vehicle, which is now available in the United States and Canada.

A safe haven underground
The company will demonstrate its new MRC 5000 mine refuge chamber at the Draeger booth. A total life support system, this cost-effective chamber was designed by Draeger inside and out—from the seal-welded steel structure and redundant air supply system, to the soda lime cartridges and gas detection devices.

“Because we design and build most of the individual components, we are able to create a well-integrated, technically advanced life support system,” said Brad Rekuc, National Sales Manager, Mining at Draeger. The MRC can be leased or purchased, and is totally supported by Draeger Service with local maintenance and repair to ensure that the chamber is always operational.”

Because every mine is different, Draeger also offers engineered chambers that are designed and built to customer-specific requirements. As a result, Draeger is the single source for all underground emergency chamber needs—regardless of the situation.

Draeger will also showcase its complete portfolio of mine safety products at MINExpo 2016, including MSHA-approved gas detection solutions, renowned personal protective gear, innovative firefighting equipment, and thermal imaging cameras.

With more than 100 years of real-world engineering expertise and service to North American miners, Draeger is so deeply rooted in the mining industry that mine rescuers are known as “Draegermen” — even today.

Attendees can schedule a personal demo of the MRC 5000 mine refuge chamber in advance at draeger.com/MINExpo.

Draeger. Technology for Life®
Draeger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Our products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, Draeger generated revenues of around EUR 2.6 billion in 2015. The Draeger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has more than 13,000 employees worldwide. Please visit http://www.draeger.com for more information.

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