Mideco took part at TOC Europe 2019

65100419_384928252134331_826679104517439488_nLast week, our Chief Marketing Officer, Olha Lyeskakova represented Mideco at the TOC Europe Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Olha was one of the conference presenters with a report on effective dust suppression management for intake hoppers.

TOC Europe brings together stakeholders of the container supply chain to learn, debate and network. It’s a major port and terminal technology exhibition attended by terminal operators from more then 60 countries.

Dust control in ports has always been a challenge. Terminal staff can be exposed to different types of dust during handling and transportation of bulk materials such as grain, coal, fertilisers and similar.

Mideco’s internationally patented Burnley® Baffles has been created specifically to minimise dust during bulk cargo handling. The effectiveness and simplicity of Burnley® Baffles design make it a perfect dust control solution for staff handling dry bulk material in ports and wharfs.

Bat Booth® x 4 at Hanson Cement

Mideco’s is pleased to be a part of Hanson Cement’s commitment to occupational health and safety with four Bat Booth® now installed at company’s quarries.

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Hanson is  included in Heidelberg Cement Group, which employs over 59,000 people across five continents. Heidelberg Cement is a global leader in aggregates and has leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building products.

Hason’s focus on quality underpins everything that they do which extends to providing safe working environment for their staff. The company believes that the safest projects are the most successful ones, a belief that Mideco shares.

While Hanson already has a comprehensive safety program in place, the company continuously reviews and improves their approach to occupational health and safety, which is why four units have been installed at Glasshouse, Nerang, Ferny Groove and Hanson Wolffdene quarries.

Mideco’s Bat BoIMG_0952 (2)oth® has just been named the Best Innovation in Occupational Health and Safety 2019 and the most Innovative Dust Removal Solution in the APAC Insider Enterprise Awards. It’s another awards that recognises the innovative design behind this unique personnel de-dusting booth that can permanently remove up to 80 % dust, including silica, from staff’s clothing. Bat Booth® is the most efficient way to clean staff’s contaminated clothing and heavily reduce the overall dust exposure.

Workplace safety and the occupational lung diseases have recently become hot topics in Australia since the re-identification of pneumoconiosis in mining, and a silicosis crisis in the stonemasonry industry. Managing respiratory risks is now  an urgent issue for many industries associated with dust exposure.

Hanson recognises the importance of reducing respiratory risks, especially silica that’s associated with cement manufacturing. We are pleased to be helping the company maintain its commitment to safety and ensure their staff is adequately protected.  

Mideco takes part in the Victorian Government Mining Trade Mission to Chile

Mideco is pleased to be included in the Victorian Government Mining Trade Mission to Chile this month to attend a major mining industry exhibition – Exponor 2019.

The delegates have been selected from innovative Victoria-based mining equipment, technology and services (METS) businesses.

This trade mission provides an opportunity for companies to visit a world-leading copper production region and meet with key decision makers from leading mining companies with a presence in the region, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Teck, Codelco, KGHM, Rockwood and Antofagasta Minerals.

The delegates will also attend a range of networking events, enjoy tailored business matching and have mine site visit opportunities.

Our Chief Marketing Officer, Olha Lyeskakova, is representing Mideco. Her particular focus during this trip will be on safe mining and OHS activities in the region.

Bat Booth® has been officially recognised by NIOSH

Mideco is pleased to announce Bat Booth® is appearing in the latest National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing that has just been published.

Front cover of Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing, Second edition

The U.S. NIOSH included Bat Booth®’s design as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel clothing thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.

The Dust Control Handbook has been created with the support of the NIOSH Mining Program, whose mission is to eliminate fatalities, injuries and illnesses in mining, and the Industrial Minerals Association–North America (IMA-NA).

The handbook is written by safety and health specialists, industrial hygienists, and engineers, and provides the latest information on proven and effective control technologies that lower staff’s dust exposures at every stage of mineral processing. The ultimate goal of the publication is to facilitate the elimination of dust exposure related occupational lung diseases in mining.

Bat Booth®’s design is based on research conducted by OSHA and the Unimin Corporation.

Only two such dust control systems exist anywhere in the world with Mideco’s version being presented as the most advanced. Mideco’s system provides up to 80% dust extraction by using only compressed air and can be installed at outdoor or indoor sites with minimal space and maintenance requirements.

NIOSH is a government agency that doesn’t advertise brands but provides dust control recommendations through presenting the latest and most innovative technologies. As the most respected health and safety authority in the world, NIOSH leads the change in the workplace safety practices and policies. Their knowledge and experience are recognised by OHS bodies and specialists everywhere and its publications are often translated into many languages.

The Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing has been the essential guide on safety practices in mining since it was first published in 2012. This second, updated edition will continue to play a major role in addressing the issue of occupational lung diseases in the industry for years to come.

The handbook is the leading dust control publication and being included in it is an incredible privilege. This recognises Mideco’s unique contribution to the occupational health and safety with an innovative dust control technology that helps save lives and protect the environment.

You can download the publication and to learn more about it here.  The clothes dust cleaning technologies are described on pages 260 – 270 of the .pdf document.

Bat Booth® wins the prestigious APAC Insider Enterprise Awards

ImageMideco is pleased to announce Bat Booth®’s win in the prestigious APAC Insider Enterprise Awards. It has been named the Best Innovation in Occupational Health and Safety 2019 and the most Innovative Dust Removal Solution.

The APAC Insider Magazine created Enterprise Awards three years ago to recognise outstanding and innovative businesses that through their commitment and expertise contribute to change in their industry and achieve incredible results both for their clients and themselves.

Published quarterly, APAC Insider Magazine brings the latest need-to-know business content and updates from across the Asia Pacific Region. Their Enterprise Awards seek to present dedicated top performers in various industries thus providing a comprehensive overview of the very best each market, industry and sector has to offer.

Each nominee is carefully examined by the judging panel consisting of respected industry partners. The winners are decided based on their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation and their methods to ensure that only the most deserving firms are awarded.
The Enterprise Awards acknowledge those companies who support Australia as one of the top 15 grossing economies in the world and contribute to maintaining the country’s international status.
This is Mideco’s first time participating in the APAC Insider Magazine Awards and we are pleased our commitment to quality and innovation have been recognised.

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This award will add to a growing list of Bat Booth®’s trophies. The innovative design and effectiveness of our star dust extraction system has been already acknowledged locally and overseas.
Since the system’s launch in 2014, it has won “Highly Commended” award in the category of “Best Practice in Work Health & Safety” at the “Australian Bulk Handling Award” in Sydney in 2016.

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Overseas it has been included in the Dust Control Handbook produced by NIOSH (The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). It was presented as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel uniforms thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.
This award supports Mideco’s place as one of the leading environmental engineering companies in Australia. We are proud of our innovative technologies that help protect staff’s health and support the environment.

Mideco expands to Latin American and European Markets

We are pleased to be expanding our network of agents around the world. As our brand develops and the sales of our award winning dust control systems grow there is a need for international representatives.

This year we have already forged partnerships with companies in Europe and South America.

Our new agent in Germany is PROGRA, a company that specialises in sales of grain processing equipment to German, Swiss and Austrian businesses. This position makes PROGRA a perfect partner for Mideco, as our internationally patented dust suppression device, Burnley Baffles®, has been designed specifically with the grain industry in mind.

While the system can be customised for any dry granular bulk raw product, the grain processing model is our cheapest and the most common. It reduces dust by 75% on its own, is easy to install and virtually maintenance free. It reduces your overall project costs as it eliminated the need for expensive dust collectors. You can read more about the Burnley Baffles™ here.

We’ll be also developing our client base in South America, where silicosis is one of the most common occupational diseases. In Chile and Peru we have partnered up with ROST, a company with over 20 years of experience in providing industrial solutions to businesses. Roberto Munizago N, the director of ROST, believes there is a strong need for PPE in the country and will be liaising with local mining companies re Bat Booth® sales. Chile is committed to fighting the occupational lung diseases and recently has re-launched the National Plan for Eradication of Silicosis.

We are excited about new partnerships and look forward to successful projects together in 2019 and beyond.

Bat Booth® at AGG1 2019

Image result for agg1 2019Mideco is excited to take part in the US National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Annual Convention. The convention showcases the latest technologies and innovations in aggregates-related equipment, product and services.

Mr Melton White, Mideco’s General Manager, will be representing Bat Booth® at the event that will take place in Indianapolis 12 – 14 February, 2019.


More information about the event: 
https://www.nssga.org/major-event/agg1/

Burnley® Baffles at a soybean oil refinery plant in China

It’s always satisfying to receive positive feedback from our clients. We have recently heard from our client in China, a soybean oil refining plant that installed Mideco’s Burnley® Baffles earlier this year.

The plant was located near a river, and the product was unloaded from ships via a crane, into a hopper by grab and eventually into the trucks. The trucks then transported the soybean into an allocated area where it was dumped into an underground hopper. The dumping process generated heavy dust which created hazardous work environment and resulted in multiple staff complaints. Unfortunately, there was no budget to install a complicated expensive equipment to reduce the amount of dust and the problem remained.

Not until the client heard about Mideco’s Burnley® Baffles. This internationally patented dust suppression device can prevent 75% of dust escape without the use of additional dust extraction equipment. This is due to its unique design and ability for customisation. It is also much cheaper and more efficient then installing a dust collector.

The management decided to trial Burnley® Baffles for the underground hopper and the effect was immediate. The dust was supressed without any delay to the unloading processes, the management was pleased with the cost-effective solution, and staff complaints ceased.

As with most grain projects we recommended Burnley® Baffles, Model 1 to the client. Grain is the most popular application however with five different models, Burnley® Baffles can reduce dust during handling of various dry bulk material from grain to fertiliser to ore.

The unit was sold through our partner in China – Qingdao DS Environment Technology Co., Ltd and installed at the plant at the beginning of the year. It was our first shipment to China but definitely not the last.

 

Silicosis prevention in engineered stone processing

According to the latest news reports, Australia is facing the worst occupational lung disease crisis since the asbestos disaster.

Mining is not the industry in question this time. The recent spike in silicosis cases in the country is connected with kitchen renovations. Stonemasons who cut engineered stone into a popular type of kitchen benchtop are contracting accelerated silicosis at alarming levels, after being exposed to unsafe levels of silica dust.IMG_0952 (2)

While there is a high percentage of silica in most building materials, engineered stone is particularly notorious. It can contain up to 90 per cent silica, much higher than the content in granite or marble.  The considerable amount of dust is realised during cutting, drilling or blasting of engineered stone and without appropriate dust control workers’ health is compromised.

According to some reports in the past three financial years in Victoria there have been 16 silicosis claims by stonemasons, and in NSW there were 23 total silicosis claims, some by stonemasons. It is believed that this number will rise as more  workers get tested for silicosis.

Prevention is key and Mideco’s Bat Booth™ has been designed specifically to help with silicosis prevention as it deals with even the smallest dust particles. This powerful personnel de-dusting device uses a curtain of compressed air to blow the dust off the staff’s uniform. Instead of just being misplaced the dust is captured and removed due to low air pressure that’s maintained in the cabin throughout the cleaning process. It takes 10 – 12 seconds to permanently remove up to 50% more dust then via other commonly used dedusting equipment.

Since its launch in 2014 Bath Booth™ has been helping businesses take care of their staff and environment in many locations in Australia and around the world.

It’s been generating plenty of interest at industry events locally and overseas. In Australia it won “Highly Commended” award in the category of “Best Practice in Work Health & Safety” at the “Australian Bulk Handling Award” in Sydney in 2016.

Overseas Bat Booth™ has been included in the Dust Control Handbook produced by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It was presented as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel uniforms thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.

Bat Booth™ could be a powerful tool that can help contain the rising sad statistics of silicosis cases associated with engineered stone for kitchen benchtops.

Burnley® Baffles for Soda Ash application

In 2015 Mideco was approached by Pro Asia Pacific with a request to develop a dust system solution for their site in Laverton, Victoria. The company’s line of business included wholesale distribution of chemicals and allied products, including soda ash. We were requested to design a dust suppression system for soda ash and soda ash dust handling. This product, though not toxic, can irritate eyes, mouth and lungs and the processing machinery should be equipped with appropriate dust control tools to protect workers’ health.

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In this particular case, the dust suppressing equipment was required for the multiple out-loading hoppers fed both by FEL and bobcat. The client wanted to trial out Burnley® Baffles in one of the larger hoppers with the open face area of 2900mm x 2900mm. The trial was a successful one and Mideco ended up supplying 15 units of Model 1, half-baffles to Pro Asia Pacific.

The half-baffles are shorter in length and having both, full size and half-size units, allows us to create dust suppression systems for hoppers of various surface area sizes.

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We have provided the system design as per specifications, and the client was responsible for sourcing the support items and taking care of the structural engineering. Once all 15 half-baffles were ready, the client organized shipment to the Laverton site. The system was put together under Mideco’s supervision and the dust problem was solved.