Product Solutions to Improve Worker Safety in Mining Operations

Quaker Chemical exhibits at the 2015 Longwall USA Exhibition and Conference.

The Mining industry faces considerable challenges in today’s world. The difference between a productive operation and an inefficient one often boils down to the right combination of people and products. Workers employ advances in chemistry to help reach higher product performance levels. It’s this collaboration between Mining companies and their suppliers that helps mines maintain, and in some cases even surpass, productivity goals. Quaker Chemical Corporation, a global provider of process fluids and chemical specialties, values this collaboration. The company supports the Mining industry with a portfolio that includes QUINTOLUBRIC® fire-resistant longwall fluids, now with FluidSafe™ (a revolutionary additive, developed to aid in the detection and surgical removal of hydraulic fluids in the event of accidental high-pressure fluid injection), and DUSTGRIP™ dust suppressants.

Calvin Kidd, Quaker Chemical New Business Development Director for Mining, further explains, “Recognizing that each mine operation and location is unique, Quaker works intimately with our customers to identify the specific challenges and develop a solution to enhance the safety and productivity of their operations. It is the cornerstone of our ‘solutions provider approach’ that has made us a valuable supplier to our great industry.”

A 100% synthetic true solution, QUINTOLUBRIC® 818-02 is a fire-resistant hydraulic fluid used in longwall shields. It keeps operations running smoothly with maximized equipment reliability and life cycle, improved filterability through superior fluid dynamics and improved system cleanliness, and superior Corrosion Protection which keeps equipment clean and corrosion-free for years of service. It’s also environmentally friendly and highly stable.

Quaker Chemical logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quaker Chemical Corporation)

Also, the addition of the FluidSafe™ additive to QUINTOLUBRIC® longwall fluids helps detect leaks in hydraulic hoses, fittings, seals and other components, reducing potential equipment breakdown, lost production volume and associated environmental liabilities. Furthermore, the bright fluorescent color of FluidSafe™ can be viewed under the skin using available SafetyBlu™ lights, enabling quick detection of an injection injury on site, assisting in limiting soft tissue dissection.

“The addition of FluidSafe™ to our QUINTOLUBRIC® longwall fluids reinforces our commitment to improving worker safety in the Mining industry,” states Kevin Dickey, Quaker’s Global Business Development Manager for Mining, “This revolutionary product remains visible in the tissue for at least 24 hours, assisting medical professionals’ ability to help wounded workers recover maximum functionality and continue their productive lives. Quaker is truly committed at all levels of our organization to develop innovative products for industry that improve workers health and safety, while simultaneously enhancing operational efficiency.”

Quaker will be showcasing these product lines at the 2015 Longwall USA Exhibition and Conference, June 16-18, in Pittsburgh PA, Booth 807.