Mideco signed a partnership agreement with Cleanrooms Australia

We are pleased to announce that our Bat Booth® has just acquired its first official distributor on Australian soil.

Cleanrooms Australia has recently signed an agreement to represent Mideco’s Bat Booth® in NSW.

Cleanrooms Australia provides design, consulting and construction services to cleanroom clients around Australia across multiple industries.  The company offers the best design solutions for cleanrooms, modular cleanrooms and passthrough hatches.

We are pleased to be partnering with Cleanrooms Australia and are confident it will be a successful partnership for both of our businesses.

We are also excited about the success of Bat Booth®, our innovative product that has been collecting awards and accolades since its launch in 2014.

The design of this PPE device could not have been created at a more appropriate time.

With the recent increased focus on dust control in the workplace, effective and innovative dust control systems are in high demand. Especially in states like Queensland, NSW and Victoria where recent silicosis cases in stonemasonry and black lung in mining made dust suppression and control an urgent health and safety issue.

First Bat Booth® enters grain industry

A unique but perfect application for Mideco’s Bat Booth® has been found at Manildra Group, NSW. There our award-winning personnel de-dusting device is helping the company meet Australia’s strict grain import laws.

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Manildra is Australian family-owned diverse agribusiness with over 65 years of experience bringing the finest Australian food and industrial products to the world.

The company also imports grain and has to comply with Australia’s tough import laws.  Overseas grain may potentially carry bacteria or germs that can harm humans, animals, crops and land, thus presenting a high biosecurity risk.

Therefore, imported grain must be kept in quarantine for a certain amount of time.  Upon delivery, imported grain is placed at one of the Manildra factories in an enclosed space.  The difficulty is ensuring that staff that works in that area don’t carry any grain or grain dust out upon exiting.

Up until now, the workers have been using disposable uniforms to ensure the conditions of quarantine are met.  This was not the most effective, comfortable or sustainable way to work.  The installation of Bat Booth® has solved that problem with ease.

Comparing to the most common ways of cleaning staff’s uniforms that often simply dislodge the dust, Bat Booth® permanently removes and captures the dust particles with the help of powerful HEPA filters.  Workers can use Bat Booth® when required, sometimes several times a day, as it only takes seconds. Now staff at Manildra can rest assured no speck of grain dust will escape the quarantined area.

This is Bat Booth’s® debut in the grain industry.  We are excited to have found a new application for the dust control product we are really proud of, and are looking forward to creating new partnerships in this space.

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 than 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.