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At Hetech we have been committed to quality electronics manufacturing & PCB assembly for over 30 years, producing and manufacturing locally here in Australia. Hetech is capable of manufacturing any project size from prototypes to high-volume runs. One of the recent projects we have worked on is the tailing dam systems.

Did you see Mark’s Q&A with Zachary Skidmore at Mining Technology? If not, don’t worry we’ve included the full article below!

The application of advanced sensory systems has proliferated across mine sites over the last decade to alleviate the threats posed by tailing dam failures. Zachary Skidmore speaks to Mark Steiner, managing director of Hetech about its new sensory system.

TOPSHOT – A firefighter takes part in the search for victims at the Vale plant, 20 days after the rupture of a tailings dam of mining company Vale in Corrego do Feijao, near Brumadinho, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, on February 13, 2019.

Tailings facilities pose a real and inherent threat to mining operations across the globe. The legacy of disasters such as the 2019 Brumadinho dam collapse, which led to extensive ecological damage and the deaths of 270, has led miners to focus more on the monitoring of these sites to prevent further disasters.

Hetech is an Australian technology company which has developed a new sensory system to detect and measure a vast range of unique local risks. From soil disruption that could reveal damage to dams, to slower and more subtle movements, the technology aims to help detect potential problems within the tailings facility and allow time for mine operators to correct the issue prior to a catastrophic failure.

We speak to its managing director, Mark Steiner about the potential of Hetech’s AIM system and its application in the evolution and monitoring of tailings facilities.

Zachary Skidmore (ZS) Could you provide an overview of Hetech’s AIM system?

Mark Steiner (MS): The early warning ground movement technology is designed to identify minute ground movements in three dimensional spaces and trigger real-time alarms based on site determined sensitivity.

It is made to provide early warning of events rather than long-term slow-moving changes, and is ideally suited to landslide detection, embankment failures, and catastrophic collapses of structures and ground surfaces.

ZS: How are the sensors deployed on the mine site? Are they static or used in conjunction with drone technology?

MS: The AIM system is designed as a fully rugged technology that can be remotely deployed in harsh and remote areas. Used in conjunction with drone technology, the sensors are installed on the ground where they are attached to infrastructure, buried underground, or submerged, submitting data to an AIM Cloud application.

ZS: How has the digitalisation of mines supported the efficacy of evaluation and monitoring?

MS: The digitisation of the mines has made many processes more automated, meaning workers spend less time on surveying because they have access to instant, real-time data and feedback. Consequently, we’re seeing less costly machinery breakdowns and worker downtime.

ZS: How much more data can the AIM system derive from tailings dams in comparison with standard monitoring protocols? What impact does this have upon the safety of these facilities?

MS: The system measures a wide range of unique local risks, from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage to slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems. When compared to standard monitoring, it provides more accurate data on the movements of the dam. The safety benefits of this relate to risk mitigation. Mine sites can detect and circumvent a potential crisis before it occurs. It’s preventative maintenance.

ZS: How does Hetech’s AIM system differ from other AI driven monitoring programmes?

MS: The AIM system is currently in the data collection phase. Before AI can be introduced, it will take some time to collect enough data on the dam movements to identify patterns and notable activity. In time, we will have gathered sufficient data to enable us to build AI monitoring into the system, but we are not yet at that point.

ZS: How critical is ESG to Hetech corporate policy?

MS: Hetech is committed to helping to build a more sustainable, resilient future. We are preparing to introduce environmental, social, and governance metrics into our corporate policy and look forward to sharing details of our plan once developed.

Queensland tech company builds system for a greener future for mining – The Pick Online Magazine

A Queensland company has been commissioned to custom build state of the art motion sensors to detect ground disturbance and provide early warning of environmental disasters like tailings dam collapses. The new technology brings the internet of things (IoT) to major engineering structures and is part of a breakthrough monitoring system called EarthSub being developed by Automated Infrastructure Monitoring (AIM).

Hetech Managing Director Mark Steiner said Australia was leading the development of digital solutions that would be instrumental in preventing major tailings dam disasters like the Brumadinho Dam collapse, in Brazil, which claimed 270 lives and led to the introduction of new world standards for dam monitoring.

Earlier this year, communities affected by the disaster were awarded a $7bn compensation from Vale, one of the world’s biggest iron ore miners.

Miners are under unprecedented scrutiny when it comes to protecting lives and the environment,” Mr Steiner said.

 “The world currently has its eyes on climate change and global warming technologies – and rightly so, but the industry also needs to maintain a strong focus on preventing other environmental disasters.

“Until now, the sensitivity of monitors has been a weak link in the evolution of sophisticated mine monitoring systems.

“Hetech has specially developed the new system of sensors for gold mine in New South Wales to detect and measure a big range of unique local risks – from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage, as well as slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems.

“This gives asset owners the ability to monitor their assets remotely, around the clock. By tracking subtle ground shifts, they have a very real opportunity to correct problems before they occur.

“Most companies are responsible and keen to do the right thing but much of the storage infrastructure is ageing and there are big challenges for monitoring facilities in remote locations and achieving compliance with new international safety standards.”

AIM Managing Director, Peter King said the system was a unique solution for remote, real-time monitoring of tailings dams and other ‘at risk’ structural assets to detect impending catastrophic failures.

Following the introduction of the new Australian system in NSW, it will be commercialised for other local miners as well as for the global market. The system is the result of two years of research and development and was commissioned by AIM, an Australian company leading the development of the Earthsub ground monitoring system.

See more from The Pick by clicking here

Hetech and the work we did in collaboration with AIM featured recently in Mining Monthly.

The custom build motion detectors built can sense ground disturbances to provide early warnings of environmental disasters such as tailing dam collapses. You can read the full article below or simply CLICK HERE.

Queensland tech company builds system for a greener future for mining

A Queensland company has been commissioned to custom build state of the art motion sensors to detect ground disturbance and provide early warning of environmental disasters like tailings dam collapses.

The new technology brings the internet of things (IoT) to major engineering structures and is part of a breakthrough monitoring system called EarthSub being developed by Automated Infrastructure Monitoring (AIM).

Hetech Managing Director Mark Steiner said Australia was leading the development of digital solutions that would be instrumental in preventing major tailings dam disasters like the Brumadinho Dam collapse, in Brazil, which claimed 270 lives and led to the introduction of new world standards for dam monitoring.

Earlier this year, communities affected by the disaster were awarded a $7bn compensation from Vale, one of the world’s biggest iron ore miners.

“Miners are under unprecedented scrutiny when it comes to protecting lives and the environment,” Mr Steiner said.

“The world currently has its eyes on climate change and global warming technologies – and rightly so, but the industry also needs to maintain a strong focus on preventing other environmental disasters.

“Until now, the sensitivity of monitors has been a weak link in the evolution of sophisticated mine monitoring systems.

“Hetech has specially developed the new system of sensors for gold mine in New South Wales to detect and measure a big range of unique local risks – from fast soil movements that indicate a dam breakage, as well as slower, more subtle movements that give early warning of potential problems.

“This gives asset owners the ability to monitor their assets remotely, around the clock. By tracking subtle ground shifts, they have a very real opportunity to correct problems before they occur.

“Most companies are responsible and keen to do the right thing but much of the storage infrastructure is ageing and there are big challenges for monitoring facilities in remote locations and achieving compliance with new international safety standards.”

AIM Managing Director Peter King said the system was a unique solution for remote, real-time monitoring of tailings dams and other ‘at risk’ structural assets to detect impending catastrophic failures.

Following the introduction of the new Australian system in NSW, it will be commercialised for other local miners as well as for the global market.

The system is the result of two years of research and development and was commissioned by AIM, an Australian company leading the development of the Earthsub ground monitoring system. If you need a bespoke electronic solution for a complex mining problem, you can find out more about Hetech at www.hetech.com.au

Hetech welcomed more Park Ridge school students to our head again office this week. A smaller group than the last visit, Mark got to spend some time explaining the world of electronics.

The students are part of the school’s specialist STEM program and planning their career options with a visit to Hetech to see firsthand how advanced manufacturing works.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with the students and show them around our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

It’s exciting to see more and more electronics students emerging in schools, all enthusiastic, and keen to learn about the exciting world of technology and the opportunities available to them.

As your electronics, design and manufacturing partner, Hetech is committed to supporting young people and the opportunities available to them in STEM fields, which increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Hetech team joined other SME’s, Defence Primes, Defence Force and industry organisations for the annual AIDN QLD Gala event for an evening of entertainment, networking, great food and wine.

On the night we heard from a range of keynote and guest speakers from the Defence industry, including Brigadier Mark Ascough and Ben James from NIOA.

Lynx launch event at MILVEHCOE, Brisbane, October 18, 2021.

Hetech’s Mark Steiner and Steve Plunkett joined other local businesses at the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland for the unveiling of Rheinmetall Lynx Combat Support Vehicle (CSV). Hetech is part of more than 100 Australian organizations supporting Rheinmetall local operations.

Lynx launch event at MILVEHCOE, Brisbane, October 18, 2021.

Rheinmetall Managing Director, Gary Stewart, said that the Lynx CSV is the most sophisticated and capable armoured vehicle ever to be designed and built in Australia, and based on a version of the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

“The Lynx CSV was designed by Australian engineers and manufactured at MILVEHCOE using Australian steel and our industry network of more than 100 partners.“

“It is uniquely Australian as a ‘work horse’ vehicle, even taking on the distinct function of a ute,” he said.

The Australia Made Campaign Limited (AMCL) has also seen fit to bestow the Made in Australia endorsement upon Rheinmetall and the Lynx Combat Support Vehicle.

Mr. Stewart said the Lynx CSV provided significant flexibility in how soldiers operate in the field, the type of equipment they can carry and the combat support roles they can perform.

“The Lynx CSV is a game-changer for armies and would enable soldiers to complete a range of missions while fully protected. With the CSV, soldiers can perform recovery, repair, manoeuvre support and support logistics using a vehicle with similarities to the existing Lynx IFV.”

The commonality between the Lynx CSV and Lynx IFV provides efficiencies and ease of use for armed forces around the world. Together, the two variants expand the Lynx family of vehicles and provide options for up to ten variants thanks to Lynx’s modular design.

Mr. Stewart said the Lynx CSV featured additional onboard fuel capacity to support refuelling other vehicles in the field; a rooftop mounted crane capable of lifting more than five tonnes, allowing it to pull other vehicles utilising the crane, interchangeable power pack; and excavation attachments including a clam shell bucket and rock breaker.

The modular remote weapon station can be configured with a range of weapons and ammunition from 7.62mm, 12.7mm up to 40mm grenade.

“The Lynx CSV will be positioned for export from Australia to allied armed forces,” Mr. Stewart said.

Rheinmetall invested in Queensland to establish the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) to deliver capability to the Australian Army. Today more than 450 team members are onsite to manufacture BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and perform final integration of logistics trucks.

Hetech had the pleasure of taking the latest Year 10 students from Park Ridge State School through our facility again.

The students are part of the school’s specialist STEM program and planning their career options with a visit to Hetech to see firsthand how advanced manufacturing works.

Following their visit to Hetech, students have the opportunity to join our work placement program or go on to complete a school-based manufacturing course, counted towards their QCE.

After 30 years in the industry, our Managing Director Mark Steiner said that the future of electronic manufacturing was more exciting than ever.

“The possibilities are truly endless. Progression, innovation, the future, it is all happening; but it will only continue if we spark the passion of the next generation,” Mark said.

“Right now, is a very exciting time to be in electronic manufacturing as we are starting to see more work around the technological and environmental problems in industries such as mining and space,” he said.

“New problems and ideas are born every day. It is our job, as professionals in the industry to pass on our passion and experience to the future leaders of our industry – creating awareness and excitement – opening their eyes to a future in electronic manufacturing where they can be the one to solve these problems.”

Park Ridge State High School electronics teacher Wayne Spyve said Hetech had been a terrific support for the student electronics program.

“It is a good opportunity for the students. The kids don’t know these emerging career options are out there,” Wayne said.

“It is rewarding to see the students build on their natural curiosity. Especially afterwards when they come to me and say, Sir, I’d like to work there.

“Listening to Mark share his story gives me with the materials to take back into the classroom to engage and inspire the students. Not only do they learn about electronic manufacturing but they learn what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

Hetech’s Managing Director, Mark Steiner joined Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmore Space Technologies at the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce where Adam spoke about the future of the space industry in Queensland.

Recognising the growing market opportunities for new space products and services, the organization is supporting an AU$150 million ($109 million) bid for the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMI-C) grant to advance space technology manufacturing in Australia. And since most space manufacturing today involves 3D printing technology, the ASMN promises plenty of additively manufactured parts will go to its rockets and satellites.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

With over AU$88 million ($64 million) raised since being founded in 2012, Gilmour Space is one of the country’s largest sovereign low-cost hybrid launch vehicle developers. The Queensland-based company plans to launch the first Australian made rockets and satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) starting in 2022. The company is highly immersed in 3D printing high-performance rocket and space components and received $3.7 million in investment funding in 2017 to develop its launch vehicles that use 3D printed rocket fuel.

The ASMN aims to establish three new space facilities centered in Queensland. The first will be a standard test and manufacturing plant, enabling members to advance their space research and technology development at a lower cost. This is followed by an advanced manufacturing facility for building commercial rockets and satellites anchored to Gilmour Space and an orbital spaceport in North Queensland that will help launch many of these products to orbit.

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