IMPROVE ACCESS

BY VIRTUALLY ELIMINATING DUST

Save water and free up your limited watering fleet to work on higher priority areas.

The Midwest mining access road program reduces dust and water usage by up to 95% and allows you to utilize your limited watering fleet for areas like the mine face or loading areas. It is the only comprehensive dust control program designed solely for access roads, and the only solution that gives you extreme safety, productivity and compliance results.

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY GETS LASTING RESULTS: UP TO 95%

You CAN get up to 95% functional dust control on and around your access roads. Watering and seasonal applications of ordinary products are not good enough, especially where the access roads are long distances from fill stands. More advanced proprietary Midwest chemistry delivers proven results, while reducing the need for perpetual and relatively ineffective watering. Better still, you save time, freeing up water trucks to be used in production areas.

The problem: Heavy volume of traffic from pickup trucks, lube trucks, tankers and mine support equipment creates significant dust events. Exacerbating the problem is that it’s difficult for water trucks to operate on these access roads, as well as that it diverts resources away from watering your main haul roads.

The standard, compromise approach: Hauling water to apply and reapply and reapply again.

Midwest’s superior solution: A customized, comprehensive solution to get extreme dust control for hard mineral mines results in hard rock mining access road conditions. Midwest will deploy the custom-planned products, people and application to improve the overall effectiveness of your program for continuous dust control, while balancing the costs of maintaining these access roads. Rather than daily applications, you can reduce frequency to weekly or monthly.

EXTREME EXPERTISE GETS EXTREME RESULTS

The Midwest program is proven and green, while water has limited effectiveness and can be costly.

Midwest has unsurpassed experience in solving mining operation dust conditions. 45 years ago, our first customers were mines. Since then, we have been inventing and innovating, patenting products and cutting edge technology — including designing and building our own application equipment — to deliver on challenging access roads.

We know the high costs and risks associated with traditional watering. That’s why we’ve devoted nearly half a century to finding a better way. Our co-developed managed service program ensures improved worker health and safety; guaranteed compliance with governmental regulations; and enhanced relationships with surrounding communities. We focus on understanding your worksite’s unique challenges, and then design a solution using our independently certified dust control products targeted at solving those problems.

While you will have the choice to have us implement a full program or apply Midwest products yourself (using your own equipment with our assistance and training), the comprehensive Midwest dust control for hard mineral mines solution has been designed for actual hard mineral mining conditions, with typical outcomes including:

Up to 95% functional
dust control vs. 50% with water

Up to 95%
reduction in water

Up to 75% reduction
in grading vs. water

The Midwest managed service program also decreases the number of trucks used for maintenance; lowers the stress placed on your roads; combats fugitive dust and maintains consistent emission levels; ensures consistent visibility; and improves road surfaces.

MEETING CHALLENGES AND GOING BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

For 45 years, Midwest has specialized in controlling dust and saving both water and money at hard mineral mine operations. We started with mines, and we keep improving our products, application process, equipment and managed service support for real results at real mines.

Here's a real world example to show how we can help you solve real access roads problems if water availability is an issue …

DIVERT OR DEVELOP

This mine had to decide whether to divert water from their production process to use for dust control on distant access roads OR develop an additional water supply. The mine wanted to minimize water usage for dust control for hard mineral mines on access roads.

RESULTS: Midwest went beyond that, eliminating all water usage on the road while delivering consistent dust emission control levels.

TWO CONTRACTORS NEEDED

Not only were they wasting water, but the mine had to use two contractors to keep performing the application process. The mine wanted a program that would allow mine personnel to work other projects.

RESULTS: Midwest went beyond expectations, eliminating one water truck (saving $35K/month) and making mine personnel available to work on production-related projects (saving 40+ hrs./month).

PROOF

Mine personnel had prior negative experiences with access roads dust suppression. The mine wanted proof of efficacy, in the form of monthly updates of hours/gallons/budget.

RESULTS: Midwest not only provided the information requested, but also delivered strong results, documenting 700,000 gallons water saved per month. There are many dust control companies, but only one makes it work with the formula of experience, product chemistry and application.

COMPROMISED ROAD CONDITIONS

Continuous watering was “washing” the fines from access roads, resulting in poor road surface quality and compromised driving conditions.

RESULTS: After experiencing an average required grading of 3-to- 4 times every month, the Midwest program has resulted in zero grading of their program roadways over a 3 month period.

DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH YOU, CUSTOMIZED FOR AND TESTED ON YOUR SITE

A product alone is not enough. The Midwest program seamlessly integrates into your mine plan for extreme performance results.

Midwest’s comprehensive 30-day trial helps you see actual improvements on your site. Your mining site is different than others, with its own conditions and day-to-day challenges. Unlike buy-it-and-hope-for-the-best products, our customized solution will be implemented to demonstrate actual economic and operational benefits. The trial, co-developed with you to determine your best solution, provides accurate data for predictable performance assurance to achieve proper scale-up and overcome obstacles to success.

Otherwise, how could you know it will work unless you see how it performs throughout daily operations? Midwest offers the only customized and dynamically managed access road program. Anyone can sell you a product, but Midwest’s full solution combines product chemistry for access road dust control in a dynamic mining environment with expert application, supported by ongoing service and testing.

Get the positive benefits of a trial with your Midwest solution.

The Midwest trial process helps determine the goals, needs and competing interests to design and implement your access roads dust control solution in a controlled way to ensure its effectiveness and scalability within the challenge area.

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