Some of the harshest working conditions anywhere in the world are found in underground mines hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth.
To begin with, there is very limited space for people to move around, let alone heavy-duty machinery and equipment. Over and above all that, the concentration of methane, especially in coal mines, makes the environment extremely hazardous.
The other major challenge is the pitch darkness inside an underground mine that most folks take for granted. Unless you have high-quality lighting products and accessories like those from Duraline, your mining operations can be in peril.
Needless to say, ordinary lighting components, fixtures, and accessories will not work in this kind of environment.
Thankfully, today we have LED lights that are made with solid-state technology that can sustain their long durability even in the inhospitable environment of a mine.
Additionally, LED lighting provides much better illumination at a much lower energy cost, which makes them indispensible for mining operations.
At least miners today have the advantage of much better quality illumination as compared to their counterparts till about a couple of decades ago.
Moreover, the development of open-pit mining has changed the lighting requirements of many a mine today, but for nighttime operations, the streamer lights come right back in use.
Again, compared to earlier times, mining machinery, equipment, and sundry hardware have also undergone changes, with many of these being driven by electric power.
The safety of the miners is your topmost priority
The miners, who risk their lives and limbs to work in the underground and open-pit mines, need very good protection not just in terms of insurance to cover for mishaps and disability but in their work arena as well.
The mines today, whether underground or open-pit, have a whole lot of electric power distribution lines going all over the mining area.
That’s because most of the equipment and machinery is electrically powered. This increases the hazards and risk to life and limb for the miners much more than before.
Many operations require the miners to move around in areas where the presence of light is less. In such situations, hand lights are used to complete the task.
The productivity of your mining operation is also important
Once all the necessary safety measures have been taken, especially with the micro-electric grid powered by generators, it’s time to look at the business end of your mining operations.
Mining operations are capital intensive, requiring expensive heavy-duty machinery and equipment. These are part of your capital expenditure, but what you need to worry about is your overheads.
One of these is the cost of energy that you have to pay for all your mining operations that are dependent on equipment using electric power. The make and quality of the equipment do matter, and so does the power distribution equipment.
NEMA 5 15 plugs connectors and receptacles, along with other accessories, give the necessary stability to your power distribution lines.
Your need for top-quality power distribution accessories can be met easily by reputable suppliers with a long track record of supplying industrial-grade electrical products.