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Technology for the early detection and warning of impending underground mine…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R44OH009679
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIOSH
Solicitation Number:
PA10-050
Small Business Information
ALERTEK, LLC
ALERTEK, LLC 2008 MURRAY AVE, STE D PITTSBURGH, PA 15217-2171
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Technology for the early detection and warning of impending underground mine roof
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44OH009679-02
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project is designed to research and develop means for the early detection of impending roof falls in underground mines and means for alerting maintenance crews to take proactive action to prevent disaster, therebysaving lives and preventing injuries to miners. This will be achieved by detecting structural changes in the roof infrastructure and providing an alarm signal when a critical level of damage, that requires maintenance attention, has occurred. For the long-range program, the objective is to provide a system that produces an audible alarm in the maintenance office as soon as the damage to the structure has occurred, and displays on a video screen the location where the problem exists in a pattern that specifies the degree of infrastructure weakening that took place. The purpose of phase II is to produce an MSHA approved prototype ready for reduction to a product suitable for mass production and commercialization. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The most prevalent cause of fatalities in underground mines is roof fall. Roof falls also cause thousands of injuries every year. There are about 2000 roof falls annually in the U.S. This project is designed to devise means for the early detection of impending roof falls and provide alarms to alert maintenance crews to take proactive action to prevent disasters.

Principal Investigator:

Zvi H. Meiksin
412-521-4950
steve.alertek@verizon.net

Business Contact:

Zvi Meiksin
412-521-4950
steve.alertek@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALERTEK, LLC
ALERTEK, LLC 2008 MURRAY AVE, STE D PITTSBURGH, PA 15217-2171

EIN/Tax ID: 183046639
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No