Mining is a very dangerous industry, so any opportunity to increase safety is critical.
One of our clients came asking us to convert a PTFE microfiltration membrane for them. It makes a product that measures air quality levels deep within the coal mines of America. Toxic levels of highly volatile gases that discharge from the coal during in the mining process can be deadly to the coal miners.
In days gone by, a canary in a cage would be used to detect unsafe working conditions in the mine. Miners would carry a caged canary into the mine and at the first sign of distress, they would retreat to avoid harm. In today’s mining operations, workers carry a portable detection sensor that monitors air-quality and requires a PTFE membrane filter to properly function.