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article image The new safe brake product won the Safety Innovation Award at the 2015 Queensland Mining Industry - Health & Safety Conference

Custom Fluidpower designed a new ‘safe brake’ product to help create a safer working environment in the mining industry. The new product won the Safety Innovation Award at the 2015 Queensland Mining Industry - Health & Safety Conference.

Custom Fluidpower was tasked with fixing a challenging cable problem in a coal mine shuttle car at a Mackay-based coal mine. Prioritising safety, the company engineered the shuttle car cable reeler with a brake apply interlock valve.

Custom Fluidpower Mackay Branch Manager Matt Doolan said the company was delighted with the outcome of their engineered system design that not only addressed their client’s problem but was also rewarded at the 2015 product innovation awards.

Custom Fluidpower designed, manufactured and installed a new hydraulic manifold to the park brake control circuits on all the mine site shuttle cars.

Safety features in Custom Fluidpower’s award-winning ‘safe brake’ solution include: park brake activating when the cable reeler motor pressure drops below 800psi with the brake only releasing by manual override or when pressure rises above 800psi; bypass valve installed into the circuit, allowing the park brake to be released when being towed; and brakes not releasing if the bypass valve has been left in the towing position during normal tramming operation. 

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