OVERCOME EXTREME

UNDERGROUND CHALLENGES

Midwest dust control in underground mines offers solid evidence for stabilization and complete control of dust on surfaces with our underground program.

90% reduction in operational dust, plus over 95% reduction in water consumption changes everything. Extreme dust control in underground mine conditions can be controlled by Midwest’s program for long periods of time, resulting in greater productivity and safety.

THE UNDERGROUND NEVER RESTS

Dust is everywhere reducing productivity and efficiency. It’s hard to see and harder to breathe. The water only makes conditions worse, producing mud that creates slip hazards and slows vehicle movement.

The underground environment is unique with the unusual combination of muddy roads with dust-filled air. That makes it especially frustrating because your only recourse is more water. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help, creating even more mud.
The dust may be the enemy, but the water’s a close second making the underground mine one of the toughest work environments possible.

There has to be a better way and there is.

Midwest has taken on this challenge — not with water and the constant stoppages for endless reapplications — but with advanced chemistry and advanced technology in a program created specifically for your most extreme dust control in underground mine situations. Our solution eliminates both the dust and the mud. Now miners can have clean air and clear roads for better health and safety as well as optimum production.

WATER CAUSES MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT SOLVES

Midwest has been inventing new ways to solve problems in mining operations for 45 years. Mines were our first customers, and we have unsurpassed experience in solving mining operation dust problems. Midwest leads in innovating, with 49 patents granted for cutting edge technology — including designing and building our own application equipment — to get extreme results in challenging mine underground conditions.

We live in a problem/solution world.

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PRODUCTIVITY

PROBLEM

> Constant road maintenance
> Frequent interruption of revenue-producing mining
> Inefficiencies in manhours spent and water used
> Equipment breakdowns, tramming delays, workflow stoppages

SOLUTION

> Dramatic reduction in maintenance
> Long lasting and more advanced application methodology
> Seamlessly work within operations
> Improved road conditions, tramming delays, work interruptions, road grading

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DUST CONDITIONS

PROBLEM

> Impairs visibility, reducing safety
> Diminishes air quality
> Constant dust conditions require constant maintenance
> Water applications needed multiple times daily

SOLUTION

> 90% operational dust reduction
> Effective control of dust from roads, ribs and roof
> Improve your most important, yet invisible, asset (air)
> Enhance safety for underground mine operations

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DEGRADATION

PROBLEM

> Slippery roads and other surfaces
> Mud
> Potholes

SOLUTION

> Over 95% reduction in water application
> Create and maintain firm, compact surface
> Improve overall stability of road

THE MOST EXTREME CONDITIONS DEMAND THE MOST EXTREME RESULTS

Underground mines are as extreme as it gets.

Dust control in underground mines is a major challenge. Underground roads bear heavy loads — all day and all night, day in and day out. Conditions can become potentially hazardous. Mud, dust and potholes cause tramming delays and frequent work interruptions that interfere with daily mine workflow and productivity.

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.

Midwest’s comprehensive solution has been designed for actual underground mining conditions, with typical outcomes including:

Up to 95% operational dust control

Over 95% reduction in water consumption

Improved air quality and safety

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE MINE TUNNEL

Midwest collaboratively develops your program, which is customized and tested on your site.

A product alone is not enough. The Midwest program seamlessly integrates into your mine plan for extreme performance results. Equipment custom designed for underground by Midwest does the job right to save time and money. For ribs our system sprays vertical, while spraying roads is done horizontally. We can also assist you in modifying your current equipment used for spraying.

Midwest’s comprehensive 30-day trial helps you see actual improvements on your site. 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 mine underground program. Anyone can sell you a product, but Midwest’s full solution combines product chemistry for mine underground dust control in a dynamic mining environment with expert application, supported by ongoing service and testing.

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