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APR 2018

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April 2018 23 communications continued Optimum, however, would be to in- stall the company's system, Berube said. Released in 2010, StrataConnect is a wire- less, battery-powered mesh communi- cations, tracking and monitoring system for underground mining. "It consists of an underground network of individual, fixed communication nodes that automatically interact with one another in a self-forming mesh infrastructure," Berube said. Both Strata and third-party tech can be inte- grated with the system to achieve two-way data transmission between the surface and underground operations, he said. The system is MSHA IS approved. One of the main selling points of StrataConnect is cost savings, Berube said. "The system offers a low-cost op- tion for extending underground networks without additional cabling or power," he said. "StrataConnect wireless can be in- terfaced into and fully operational with existing infrastructures." The network requires no pre-ex- isting infrastructure and has minimal componentry. "It is completely wire- less and battery-powered from the surface to underground locations," he said, and requires "absolutely no hard- wired backbone." The network is ideal for coal mines requiring "low cost communications and tracking system to meet the PPL require- ments," Berube said. Strata Worldwide offers a warranty and continuous customer support. "We offer the AIR program, which is an All-In- clusive Rental program for renting the sys- tem as opposed to purchasing," Berube said. "This includes installation, support and maintenance." LESS DOWNTIME IS MORE UPTIME with CleanScrape ® Belt Cleaner LESS IS MORE WITH CLEANSCRAPE ® BELT CLEANER. Less Blade Replacements / More Blade Life – lasts up to 4x as long as traditional cleaners Less Maintenance / More Performance – only one tensioner adjustment ever Less Concern / More Confi dence – safe for vulcanized and mechanical splices visit 800.544.2947 / 309.852.2384 ® Registered trademark of Martin Engineering Company in the US and other select locations. © 2018 Martin Engineering Company. Additional information can be obtained at and A GLOBAL FAMILY LESS DOWNTIME IS MORE UPTIME with CleanScrape ® Belt Cleaner IWT's SENTINEL handset. (Photo: IWT)

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