For years, Matrix Design Group field reps have reported stories from mines about frustration with the frequent calibrations and sensor replacement, system faults and inspection stoppages related to their machine-mounted methane monitors. To address these issues, Matrix has introduced the M5, a system with unique sensor design, software and beacon sensor monitoring technology that make it more precise and enable it to maintain a stable zero setting.
The M5, which recently received MSHA approval, is the next-generation system from Monitech Mine Monitoring Systems of South Africa. While it delivers a new monitoring technology to the US market, M5 maintenance is similar to currently available systems, allowing for easy adaptation for mine personnel.
"Current methane monitors can be a hindrance to productivity," said David Clardy, president of Matrix Design Group. "but the M5 couples mine-tested technology with several new design features to help improve operational efficiency."
The M5 is so moisture resistant that it can measure methane under water.
The unit is highly water- and vibration-resistant, easy-to-calibrate and simple to maintain. Because users can calibrate the M5 on the display or beacon, a miner can apply test gas to the sensor and magnets to the beacon without going back to the display. And while miners still need to bump-check each shift, the 4-20 milliamps connection allows for a more stable calibration, so they generally don't need to calibrate as often. Additionally, mines that are required to run two sensors per CM find that they only need to use one unit, since the M5 can monitor both sensors using a single controller/display and power supply.
Matrix is an ISO 9001 certified designer, developer and marketer of safety and productivity technology for use in mining and industrial applications. It has highly experienced field service staff that are available to train and advise mines as well as install and service the M5. Learn more at https://www.matrixteam.com/atmospheric-monitoring-ams/m5/.