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CAMERAS: Using HD video for increased productivity and safety

ALLISTON, ONTARIO – Provix camera systems have become a fixture in international mining operations due to their versatility, cost effective performance and the ability to be quickly customised to suit various operations.


ALLISTON, ONTARIO – Provix camera systems have become a fixture in international mining operations due to their versatility, cost effective performance and the ability to be quickly customised to suit various operations.

Provix provides both analogue and digital, either wired or wireless video camera solutions for almost every aspect of mining. Customer driven, with the ability to respond quickly to user specific designs and requirements, Provix has built its reputation on systems that offer increased productivity while enhancing safety in your mine.

Provix mobile equipment cameras effectively serve as both safety camera systems for manned operation and remote operation video systems for remote mucking and inspection. The Provix Remote Mucking Camera system is also available as a portable system that can easily be moved from scoop to LHD, using quick disconnect power harnesses. Integrated battery packs are also available for cameras and transmitters, allowing for the remote video system to be used without connected machine power.

The portable system transmits video from two rugged HD quality cameras to a 30-cm monitor for full or split screen viewing. User feedback indicates that the 2.4 GHz transmitter receiver combination is capable of providing wireless video around corners and up to 300 meters away in line of sight applications. Cameras can be secured to vertically adjustable pedestal mounts to allow for rapid changes in the cameras’ field of view to suit operator preference and the layout and approach to the work area.

The Provix Loading Process Monitoring Video System is a user defined modular system that can support visual monitoring of loading pockets, chutes, bins or breakers with camera images being transmitted to haul trucks, loaders, operator towers and network nodes for surface or control room viewing. The multi-system is able to transmit real time video to multiple vehicles equipped with wireless monitors, therefore the camera system ensures that all relevant personnel are apprised of the current status of both transport and processing equipment. The result is maximum uptime for both production and processing equipment, as well as optimal utilisation of haul trucks, rail depots, shuttles and other related equipment.

The Provix Portable Drill positioning system (aka the bucket cam) is a multi-function HD camera system that packs down neatly into a 20-litre pail that houses the mag mounted camera with it’s 60-metre retractable camera cable. The infra-red LED HD video camera quickly connects to a 30-cm AC/DC powered monitor with an integrated battery in a waterproof Pelican style case. In Sudbury, Vale’s Creighton mine uses them for drill positioning in “no-go” areas. The close up focus of the rugged camera lens allows for quick determination of patterning when drilling blast holes. Rapid relocation of the drill rig, consistent blasthole configuration and safer drilling are side benefits. Other mines use the same camera in other configurations for breaker monitoring, ore pass and stope inspection and even remote operation.

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