Apache Ironworks Company Blog
While working with aggregate mining equipment can be rewarding, safety should be a priority to protect operators and tools. Apache Ironworks provides quality mining products to maximize your productivity and efficiency. We also provide training to service personnel for machine safety, including inspecting the machinery and recognizing potential hazards. Here are five safety tips for using aggregate mining tools:
1. Provide Training to Equipment Operators
When your operators are well-trained in proper machine usage and safety, they are less likely to make mistakes. Apache Ironworks offers durable and efficient mining products, and we also train individuals in various aspects. Your service personnel can learn how to assemble products, start-up procedures, how to troubleshoot when issues emerge, and proper maintenance practices. Our training and safety awareness event happens annually in Tulsa, OK, and is open to dealers and operators. If you want to schedule this event for your personnel, contact your Apache representative.
2. Keep Your Machines in Excellent Condition
One mistake that many equipment owners make is neglecting maintenance. A poorly-maintained aggregate mining tool can be dangerous, as it can fail during operation and put the operator at risk. Establish a regular maintenance schedule to detect issues and repair or replace worn-out parts. Encourage inspections before each shift to check various components, including belts, bearings, hoses, fan guards, and others. Remember to clean dirt, dust, or debris that could interfere with machine performance. A well-maintained machine will also minimize downtime and last longer.
3. Offer Personal Protective Equipment
Operating mining products comes with risks such as flying debris or dust. Provide your operators with personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing and encourage them to always use it. Hard hats protect operators from head injuries due to falling objects, while steel-toed boots guard them from foot injuries. Protective goggles or face shields can prevent dust and flying debris from entering the eyes, while gloves protect operators when using sharp objects. Other PPEs are dust masks to prevent dust inhalation, hearing protection to protect ears from damage, and high-visibility vests for operators to be seen easily. Replace PPEs whenever necessary.
Screens are used extensively in professional mining operations to enhance productivity and safety. At Apache Iron Works, we develop and deliver professional-level mining products, including screening equipment. Here are some uses of screens in mining:
Screens are employed during the initial exploration phase to separate and classify different soil, gravel, or rock sample sizes. This process helps identify potential mineral deposits and determines the viability of mining operations in a particular area. Apache Iron Works screens feature multiple deck configurations that separate material into different-size fractions.
Apache VT Incline Screens feature high screening capacity to process large volumes of material efficiently. Our screens also have adjustable stroke length and speed, allowing operators to fine-tune the screening parameters according to the characteristics of the material being explored. The stroke length and speed functionalities help optimize screening efficiency and accuracy.
Crushing and Grinding
Screening equipment is often used with crushers and grinders to control the particle size of crushed rocks or minerals. These professional-level mining products help reduce the size and separate oversized or undersized particles. Apache VS Horizontal Screens feature multiple shaft vibrating mechanisms to generate the required vibrations for the screen operation. Rubber marshmallow suspension springs on our screens reduce noise and impact on the supporting structure.
Miners should have a high level of skill and expertise to operate mining tools safely. Using the right mining products and techniques for specific tasks can make the machines last longer. At Apache Iron Works, we offer comprehensive miners’ training. Here are four strategies for improving miners’ training:
1. Incorporate Technology
Technology can be helpful in improving miners’ skills and knowledge. Virtual reality (VR) simulators can allow employees to learn and practice their skills. Mixing holograph pictures and step-by-step instructions could provide an engaging learning environment.
Using augmented reality (AR) can provide workers with a visual representation of the drilling process. This technology feature can show your staff the standard operating procedures and the ramifications of not following the rules. With a simulation program, we can monitor workers’ competence in operating the virtual machine and guide them to hone their skills in a low-risk environment.
2. Assess Employee Skills
Miners can have varied learning styles and levels of experience. We can talk to your staff to assess their skills or expertise in different machines. Assessing the knowledge of individual miners can determine where their skills are lacking. If there are knowledge gaps, your staff could benefit from refresher training.
We can offer personalized training to miners in your company. Our staff can curate programs and training and can provide ongoing feedback, support, and regular check-ins for miners to perfect their skills.
It all about true customer experience which lies in the heart and core of the strong precision of Apache Iron Works mining equipment and how its manufactured with standards that are considered to be the highest in the industry.
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