And, the winner is...MagneLink
NIOSH recognizes Lockheed Martin’s emergency communications system for miners with innovation award
“The Artist” received the Oscar for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” took the Grammy for Record of the Year. “Modern Family” was honored as the best TV comedy at the recent Emmy awards.
And at the Sept. 25 National Mine Association Awards in Las Vegas, Lockheed Martin’s MagneLink through-the earth emergency communications system received the first ever National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mine Safety & Health Technology Innovation award.
“It is fitting these companies are the recipients of the inaugural NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kohler, director of NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research. “Each has taken actions to employ technology in ways that will significantly improve mineworker safety and health. It is an honor for the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health to highlight the industry’s commitment to innovate ‘above and beyond.’”
MagneLink transmits magnetic waves through rock, coal and metal to provide two-way communication, allowing miners and rescue teams to send voice or text through-the-earth. The system has successfully demonstrated the ability to transmit two-way voice communications to a depth of 1,550 feet and two-way text communications in excess of 1,550 feet.
MagneLink is the only U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration -approved wireless through-the-earth communications system for coal mines. Lockheed Martin designed it specifically for the mining industry to address post accident emergency communications requirements set forth in the MINER Act of 2006. Carroll Technologies Group and its operating company Delta Electric serve as Lockheed Martin’s U.S. distributor for MagneLink.
“Lockheed Martin has a proud 100-year tradition of finding innovative solutions to address our customers’ most difficult changes,” said Richard Holmberg, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of mission and unmanned systems. “Whether on the front lines of battle, or 1,500 feet below the earth’s surface, we know that our products and solutions must perform in the harshest of environments. We thank the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for this award, and look forward to MagneLink improving miner safety for years to come.”
CONSOL Energy shared the award with Lockheed Martin. CONSOL collaborated with Lockheed Martin to improve post-accident communications in the event of a mining accident by allowing the system to be tested in one of its mines.
Posted September 25, 2012