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The paper-free way to better manage safety

Drill Safe

 
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Having a robust and easy-to-use safety reporting procedure in mining and exploration operations is essential to developing a resilient safety culture. Correct and detailed reporting will obtain important information about health and safety issues in the workplace, identify problems when they arise and prevent future occurrences. Traditionally, it has been tough to make procedures work without placing a burden on personnel, whether it be the training or just the day-to-day operations. 

Processes that traditionally consisted of pencilling in answers in carbon copy books, taken to the office and manually entered into an excel spread sheet by an office administrator and eventually entered into a  database for reporting, simply is too long and a complicated process. Doing it incorrectly can potentially lead to serious injuries or legal issues.

Comprehensive and verified reporting helps companies manage safety issues and effectively prevent incident recurrences. They can also help in understanding why incidents occurred, making better decisions, setting priorities, and allowing users to analyse trends in the workplace. But this is only achievable if the data is clean, workflows are streamlined and you have the tools to interpret data easily and fast. 

IMDEX MOBILE™ takes traditional, paper based workflows and using the advances in mobile technology to create a seamless workflow for the real-time acquisition and validation of field data. This software-as-a-service is the mineral industry’s best practice for paperless data collection and productivity reporting. The application ensures supervisors, managers and stakeholders can make informed decisions based on real-time data they can trust, anywhere, anytime, and users can input data easily and fast. 

With an easy to use interface, strict data verification QA process and seamless integration to the company’s cloud based hub IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and other third party software, this application streamlines the data capture and management process.

The three key formats IMDEX MOBILE™ provides safety in a digital platform are pre-start inspections, verification of competency (theory and practical assessments) and customised forms.

Traditionally with pre-start inspections carbon-copy books have been used, but a risk with human nature means mandatory information may not be fully captured. Some sites can have hundreds of types of machinery, vehicles or equipment on site – each with its own specific checks. By digitizing forms, we can customise and create relevant questions which will display depending on what kind of equipment you are selecting. With IMDEX MOBILE™, we are able to build business rules and logic in to the forms, making sure the data is clean and the process is not overcomplicated. Another key outcome is the ability to record fuel consumption, engine hours or distance travelled against an asset ID, and integrates data with 3rdparty maintenance management software. 

However, data capture is only the first part of the solution, IMDEX MOBILE™ also automates email notifications so critical data, such as critical faults can reach maintenance staff and supervisors - sometimes faster than receiving a phone call.  This all adds to the prevention of injuries and commercial impacts such as equipment damage and productivity losses.

IMDEX MOBILE™ is also equipped to carry out verification of competency (VOC) such as theoretical and practical assessments. Generally there is certain equipment that staff must be trained on at regular intervals. This may be the case of new starters who need to know the background of using equipment or existing staff that need to brush up on their knowledge. The ability to conduct an assessment on site was traditionally a paper-based format with many large documents required. With paperless assessments, conducting training is easy, signoff can be instantaneous, training matrix reports automated and stored via IMDEXHUB-IQ™. This way drilling contractors and resource companies have instant access to who has completed what level of training and at what date, without following a paper trail.

We have a number of clients that elect to design their own customised forms and safety inspection workflows such as site inspections and rig audits to maintain their site safety requirements. Traditionally these workflows experience the same pitfalls – human error on data capture, time standing at the scanner, data entry into a spread sheet and the primary database. These are critical workflows that can take up an incredible amount of time if you conduct a time cost analysis.

Over the last six years, IMDEX has seen a big emphasis on safety and has made it a priority to make processes easier and more efficient. The key principle of safety is the cost of human life; IMDEX has seen the industry progress rapidly over the last 20 years particularly, compared to the 60s and 70s where the industry just accepted that injuries would just happen.  Now IMDEX is empowering their clients to utilise technology to increase safety awareness and reduce incidences. As more and more sites gain access to internet connection and everyday people are spending more time on their devices and utilising online tools, IMDEX MOBILE™ has been a natural addition to sites.

Visibility across all activity provides valuable information for companies to ensure their projects remain safe, within budget and on time. Contractors can monitor crews, equipment, hazards and consumables on a shift by shift basis to ensure they remain within project parameters, the worksite is safe and operations can continue as normal.  Throughout theexperience of releasing this product globally, IMDEX has been able to eliminate manual data entry, greatly reduce human error and change a time-consuming, high maintenance process into an instant one.


Further information
For more information on IMDEX MOBILE™, IMDEX’s Drilling Optimisation solution or ways we can support you, please visit www.reflexnow.com, or contact your nearest REFLEX or AMC representative.
You can also catch Troy Giesler speaking about our solutions at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. Register at: http://www.drillsafe.co.za/innovation-forum-2018-registration/   

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Innovating safety alongside productivity

Drill Safe

 
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Drilling in any environment is potentially hazardous, however risk factors can be amplified in remote locations, and without strict Health, Safety and Environment laws and regulations. Due to budget or other restrictions, operators can often be slow in adopting new technologies and implementing higher than industry standard practices. 

IMDEX is committed to the continual improvement of drilling and mining operations. Our leading brands AMC and REFLEX provide a range of award winning technologies that optimise workflows. Although the primary function of our products is to improve productivity and reduce overall drilling time, our product development team are looking to continually minimise risk and optimise work flows to create positive flow-on effects to our clients’ operations. By breaking down the entire mining cycle, we have pinpointed the following areas for improvement. 

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Reducing the number of personnel (such as technicians) on site

Offering driller operable instrumentation such as the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA™, REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ and REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™ negate the need for contractors and technicians such as surveyors or service technicians to be on site. The AMC MUD AID™ is another example where drillers are guided to complete drilling fluid programs, without the need for a dedicated drilling fluid engineer on site. The unit live samples the drilling fluid system against project-specific mud programs and provides instant alerts for maintenance or treatment. 

Improving mechanical functionality and manual tasks during rod trips

Manual tasks take up the majority of unfortunate incidents around the drill rod pipe. The REFLEX EZ-LATCH™ was developed with safety front of mind ensuring easy release of the inner core tube from the outer core barrel without mechanical jamming. The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ is a hands free way (via the magnetic clamps) to hold the tool on the end of the inner core tube, keeping hands and feet away from the impact zone during core removal from the lifter case. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ is another successful product with safety front of mind. This technology includes a patented release system which minimises downtime from stuck innertubes. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ allows for fast release without waiting for a dry release or having to cut the wireline. 

Software that provides transparency and simplifies on site processes

IMDEX has developed safety management tools in to its software to avoid and drive on-site safety. Apps such as IMDEX MOBILE™, digitize and simplify processes such as Daily Drill Reports, equipment prestart, shift reports and other safety forms for drillers, verifying information and giving real-time visibility to stakeholders. The application’s user friendly interface makes it easy for drillers to enter safety information, create reports and perform detailed pre-starts in a timely manner. IMDEX MOBILE™ provides an auditable paperless reporting system that aids the achievement of a safety culture on any site. 

Systems that reduce the impact of unexpected conditions

Drilling can be unpredictable, and sometimes you may not realise how bad the ground is until you drill. Using preventable systems such as the AMC BOS™ can relieve down-hole problems causing downtime, rod trips and additional rod handling – all increasing manual handling and risk to injury on site. AMC’s extensive range of drilling fluids can also provide benefit for issues such as high torque, fluid loss or lost circulation, borehole instability or hole cleaning in a variety of ground formations, which will also help to prevent safety issues. 

Strict quality control for mechanical parts 

Our solutions undergo strict design and testing processes that adhere to numerous industry accepted standards. IMDEX is unique by offering testing via Finite Element Analysis (FEA) engineering software to stress test all mechanical equipment to reduce malfunction. 

Further information 

As IMDEX leading brands, REFLEX and AMC are innovators in the space of downhole navigation, drilling optimisation, in-field geoanalysis, driller operable geophysics and structural geology. Our goal is to assist the speed of the overall drilling process by providing solutions that are fast and accurate to use. Our drilling fluids, equipment and software are recognised and highly regarded for ease-of-use, reliability and accuracy within the international drilling industry. 

For more information about IMDEX’s innovative range, please visit one of leading brand’s websites website reflexnow.com, amcmud.com or contact your nearest AMC or REFLEX representative. 


Getting to the core of hand and finger injuries

Drill Safe

 
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Activities undertaken by workers in the drilling industry can be very hazardous. Despite being accepted that these are ‘part of the job’ and usually not life-threatening, hand injuries can be costly, resulting in lost productivity, and sometimes a reduced quality of life.

Whether they are caught between objects, struck, cut, bruised, broken, exposed to chemical, heat or burns; injuries to hands and fingers can be more painful than other parts of the body due to the high number of nerve endings and pain receptors in these areas.

When identifying or assessing hazards; pinch points, physical processes and exposure to chemicals are important to recognise. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves should be the last resort option in an injury prevention plan, with elimination, substitution, engineering and administration being more effective in reducing risk.

At REFLEX, our technologies focus on improving the overall drilling process by providing solutions that are fast, accurate and easy to use, with the least disruption to the drilling cycle. The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ is part of our Drilling Optimisation solution, and is one of our products designed to minimise risk of injury, as well as protecting the core sample and orientation mark.

Traditionally after the core orientation mark has been drawn onto the face of the drill core (captured in the lifter case on the inner core tube), common practice is to leave the lifter case connected to the inner tube and try to remove the core sample forcefully. This can be done by either banging it onto something hard or hitting it with a hammer. Often this small section of core with the physical core orientation mark becomes jammed in the lifter case, resulting in damage to the core sample and a loss of the core orientation mark. It can also cause damage to the innertube or hammer. This process can expose the driller’s assistant to impact injury from hammers and potential eye or laceration injury from flying rock chips.

The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™  was developed to provide a hands free way (via the magnetic clamps) to hold the tool on the end of the inner core tube, keeping hands and feet away from the impact zone during core removal. The magnetic clamp action of the tool allows the tool to completely encapsulate the protruding core sample eliminating the possibility of flying rock chips.

The soft tapered central dome section within the REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ concentrates the impact, releasing the stuck core sample to the center of the core instead at the edges like traditional methods. This allows the core sample to be released with minimal damage and without losing the orientation mark (which is almost always drawn on the outer diameter of the protruding core sample).This method is particularly useful in underground environments, or where there is little working space or wood blocks available.

The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ is compatible with most standard core sizes and adheres to industry accepted standards such as the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which is used by IMDEX as part of our strict mechanical design and testing process.

Not only does the REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ ensure accuracy and insurance for core orientation and core sample data, it also eliminates the risk of injury in the physical day-to-day operations of drillers. Safety is an essential component to the product design of REFLEX technologies, along with our aim to continually improve processes in the drilling cycle, as well as providing tools that aid the working relationship between driller and geologist.

For more information about the REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ and our Drilling Optimisation solution, please click the "Learn More" button below or contact your nearest REFLEX representative.

REFLEX is a leading IMDEX brand renowned for its real-time subsurface intelligence solutions for the global minerals industry. The brand’s technologies include downhole instrumentation, data management and analytical software for geological modeling. 

Innovative CORE REMOVAL TOOL

Drill Safe

 
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Using the REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ in the extraction process means the drill crew no longer need to strike the core with hammers or other hard objects in order to release it from the core lifter case. Protecting the ends of the core sample from impact damage will result in the ability to join the ends together with greater confidence in the accuracy of the logging process. Use of the REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ protects the core orientation markings significantly.

An IMDEX approach to safety

Drill Safe

 
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As innovators in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) industry, IMDEX is committed to continually improving processes and developing products that improve safety. Our number one goal is to ensure every client, employee and contractor returns home in good health and injury free.

Our company has two industry leading brands, AMC and REFLEX.  These market leaders deliver solutions for Drilling Optimisation; Downhole Navigation; Structural Geology; In-Field Geoanalysis; and Driller Operable Geophysics, to the global minerals industry and targeted non-mining applications.

IMDEX’s values underpin our strong safety culture. Through engagement and recognition programs we are committed to continually improve our safety performance and system compliance to ensure a zero harm environment for our operations, stakeholders and the wider community.

As part of our safety program, we have an internal certification program to ensure due diligence obligations are met. This has been achieved at 15 global operational sites including our Johannesburg facility. The 4 star program aligns with the requirements defined by the international standards ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System and OHSAS18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System.  These standards and the 4 star certification program ensure legal compliance and an overarching commitment to quality, health, safety, environmental matters and risk management.

Alongside our internal processes, we are committed to developing our leading technologies so that they not only include safety features, but redefine workflows and enhance the safety culture for our clients. Some of our key innovations developed to enhance on-site safety include:

  • REFLEX MOBILE™ - Have complete visibility over your entire fleet in real-time.  This easy-to-use solution for the collection of daily drill reports, safety forms and survey information makes on-site safety monitoring easier and more transparent.
  • REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ - Traditionally, removing core from the inner tube can be laborious, unsafe and result in damage to the core sample. This magnetic core removal tool was developed specifically as a safer alternative to the existing extraction methods which were inherent with risks and dangerous to the user.
  • AMC MUD AID™ - This remotely monitored, in-field mud testing unit  ensures drilling fluid parameters are monitored and optimised 24/7, without the risks of having a Drilling Fluid Engineer on site. With less time, travel, product consumption and waste, the overall result is a significant reduction in manual handling and safety risk.
  • AMC BOS™ - This wire-line downhole solution works proactively to stabilise the borehole and prevent lost circulation. The AMC BOS™ overcomes the safety issues from traditional methods that can cause unnecessary rod trips and manual handling.
  • REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ with ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT - Innovative survey tools such as the REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ saves you time and costs by re-engineering the workflow, so you don’t require an on-site technician for drill hole surveying. The REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ features our specially-designed REFLEX ROTA-LOCK™, which is an easy to use positive safety latch locking feature to minimise accidental release of the overshot latches from the inner core tube spear-point when handling the assembly out of the borehole. Specific safety accessories such as these have been developed with safety improvement as their number one focus.
  • Innovative drilling fluids – The company has a range of innovative and environmentally acceptable drilling fluids, including a range of thread and rod greases as well as vegetable based lubricants. Greases are relatively economical and effective way to help drillers handle drill rods more safety.
  • Safety Data Sheets – The company is committed to providing  information on the potential impacts of our complete drilling fluid range through  SDS (Safety Data Sheets).The SDS documents inform the  customer about safety and handling to reduce the health and safety risks inherent in any fluid.

About our brands

AMC redefines the way drilling fluids, equipment, technologies and software are used to optimise drilling programs – AMC strives to maximise productivity while enhancing safety and sustainability for clients. AMC has a strong presence within the global minerals, horizontal directional drilling, waterwell and civil construction sectors. For more information, visit www.amcmud.com

REFLEX is a leading IMDEX brand renowned for its real-time sub-surface intelligence solutions for the global minerals industry. The brand’s technologies include downhole instrumentation, data management and analytical software for geological modelling. These market leading technologies – recognised for their ease of use and accuracy – are completed by unrivalled expertise in geo-scientific data analysis and interpretation. For further information about REFLEX technologies and solutions visit www.reflexnow.com.