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Supplier Insider – Coolon LED Lighting

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mark Kisza and I look after New South Wales as a part of Coolon LED Lighting Team. With years of experience in lighting, I provide value to clients through my thorough approach considering all factors in any given project.

Where did you start and how did you end up where you are now?

Whilst building my knowledge on business through my university degree I was working in the lighting industry where I identified my passion for lighting. Upon finishing my degree, I was lucky enough to land a job in the best lighting company in the industry.

Describe a typical day at ‘The office’.

My office is every mine site all over NSW, so no workday is ever the same! Also, assessing lighting works best in the darkness, so it’s more of a typical night at work. It’s a mix of travelling to various industrial sites from gold to coal mines and meeting great people who work there. If I’m not on site – I’m behind my desk preparing individual lighting designs to find the best solutions for the application.

What’s the best thing about your business?

Me! Kidding. It’s being able to make a difference. After over 30 years of experience, hundreds of visited industrial sites and thousands of fittings working successfully in the field, we can really see the difference Coolon lighting makes. It improves the safety, efficiency, and performance of any site. We always build with the customer in mind, whether it is reducing downtime, saving money, or improving safety. This is one of the main reasons we are a preferred supplier to many industrial sites in NSW and nation-wide.

What is the big news in your part of the mining industry right now?

We are working on a state-of-the-art smart lighting system, which will be a ground-breaking technology that redefines the qualities of industrial lighting.

What is the biggest opportunity for your business right now?

We’ve been exporting internationally for a while, but the scale of international orders is rapidly expanding, especially to Europe, Asia and South America. We are excited to show the world what we Aussies have to offer!

What are the biggest challenges facing your business?

Covid-19 has limited our site visits, but we managed to adapt and keep delivering the outstanding quality our clients have come to expect. It’s been a privilege to be able to support the Australian mining industry through these anxious times.

How long have you been doing business and business in the Valley?

Coolon has been working with Australian mining for over 30 years, 25 of them in the Valley. After all this time spent on constant site visits and talking to you, we’ve come to understand the industry like no one else and engineer our luminaires for your tailored needs and wants.

Community or other causes close to its heart and values?

Lighting pollution has been a large talking point in the Hunter Valley with neighbouring communities being close to mine sites. So we meticulously plan the lighting designs to be the best of both worlds: give the best light levels to the site and minimize the lighting pollution!

How big is the crew in the Hunter Valley?

I am the key point of contact in the Hunter Valley, supported by an innovative team at head office with over 100 employees ready to assist.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Travelling all over NSW and getting to know amazing people I would have never otherwise met. My role allows me to educate colleagues, engineers and end-users to improve their understanding of the importance of high-quality lighting. It is inspiring to work for a company who stayed true to their original direction despite opportunities to move manufacturing out of Australia.

The worst thing?

Driving for 5 hours one-way only to learn the visit has been postponed.

What’s a funny story about work that you can tell?

Adapting to the circumstances of COVID has been interesting… for both myself and my Labrador Bruno. With video meetings becoming a regular occurrence I often find Bruno is attempting to introduce himself as an unannounced special guest whilst I am halfway through convincing clients I am a highly trusted lighting expert. I am not sure if recent projects won are a result of my skills or Bruno’s special appearance, but I am pleased to announce we are now a package deal.

Anything else you want to say?

We are a proud Australian Manufacturer. Every single luminaire is engineered and manufactured in Australia and in times like these it is crucial to support Australian jobs and economy where possible.

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Hitachi’s range of mining excavators is a dominant force in Australia. With six machines in their mining line up, they have a solution for every size and type of mine, from the versatile 120t EX1200-7 excavator through to their EX8000-6 weighing in at a whopping 837t.

Available in backhoe and face shovel configurations, these machines are highly regarded and operate globally. Instantly recognisable in their distinctive Hitachi orange, you’re most likely to find the EX2600, EX3600 and EX5600 backhoes working in the Valley.

Sitting in the sweet spot of Hitachi’s diggers is the EX3600. A stalwart of the Australian mining industry, Hitachi has deployed locally over 100 of these 370t excavators since launching the EX3600-5. Now in its third iteration, the Japanese manufactured EX3600-7 is Hitachi’s latest generation machine built upon industry feedback and the Company’s learnings in the field to produce more fuel efficient product for customers.

In a development immediately broadening the appeal of this excavator, miners now have an option of power plant with both the Cummins QSKTA60 or MTU 12V4000 on offer.

Combined with improvements in the machine’s hydraulic system, operators can reasonably expect reductions in fuel consumption between 4 – 7% compared with the previous model (the EX3600-6 with Cummins engine configuration). Further, intelligent management systems including main pump electric regulators on each individually controlled hydraulic pump as well as, a hydraulic regeneration circuit, permit this machine reduced pump demand, enhancing engine power, lowering fuel consumption and increasing productivity.

All too aware of the detrimental effects of dust and moisture ingress, Hitachi has introduced slit-less solid conduit harnesses and junction boxes. In the instance of damage, electrical harnesses between junction boxes can be replaced individually, ultimately reducing maintenance time and cost. Likewise, the cab riser now features a pressuriser system to minimise dust infiltration and extend the service life of electronic components within.

Improving upon a product that customers already like, the hydraulic hoses between the boom and main piping have been rearranged from an arch to underslung configuration removing the need for clamps, reducing deflection and increasing reliability. And I could go on, with features too numerous to contemplate in this article.

Find out more today by contacting your local Hitachi representative or go online at https://hitachicm.com.au/products/excavators.

THANKS TO COMPONENTS ONLY, OUR HEAVY EQUIPMENT EXPERTS

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NSW Leads Nation with New Facility

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Australia’s only independent underground mine explosives testing facility has opened at Freeman’s Waterhole NSW.

Paving the way for improvements in mine safety and innovation in the mining industry, the new testing facility is under the control of the NSW Resources Regulator’s Mine Safety Technology Centre (RR).

The facility, which is discreetly built on the site of a quarry to reduce impact on the surrounding environment, will be used to determine if locally made explosives are viable and meet vital safety requirements to protect the wellbeing of workers.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro recently launched the first round of explosives testing at the new facility and stated that it positions NSW as the nation’s leader in mine safety development.

“Currently, there are few explosives that can be used in underground coal mines and these kinds of explosives have a very short shelf life, they don’t travel well and need to be developed and tested locally,” Mr Barilaro said.

The RR is responsible for regulating the mining industry in NSW, which includes work, health safety matters through to environmental issues such as mine rehabilitation.

Anthony Keon, Executive Director of the Resources Regulator said the new testing facility is critical to ensure that people can have confidence in the materials and explosives being used underground. “The establishment of this facility will ensure that we’re not stifling innovation,” said Anthony.

“It will give industry and explosive manufacturers access to this test which has previously been unavailable for almost decades.

“There are limited facilities of this type throughout the world and because of the limited shelf life on these products we really need something locally based in order to open up those opportunities for NSW companies and for the NSW mining industry.”

“What the test is trying to do is ensure that explosives when used properly don’t ignite methane; and we’ve seen through numerous incidents throughout the world and even recently in Queensland the ramifications of when there isn’t an ignition of methane.”

Geoff Slater, Manager at Mine Safety Technology Centre said the development of explosives specifically for underground coal mines started back in the1890s at the Greenwich Naval Facility London. Early tests used a small bore cannon and this influenced majority of test facilities since that time.

“The facility at Freemans Waterhole uses concrete culverts and water bags to reduce the noise emissions during testing,” said Geoff.

“Extensive computer simulations were used to determine the best optimum use of the water.”

Test rounds at the facility will be scheduled to meet the needs of industry, at up to two to three times per year, restricted to work hours on weekdays.

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Students Have A Yarn

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St James’ Muswellbrook welcomes a newly constructed yarning circle thanks to the generosity of Malabar Resources.

Fully funded by Malabar, the Yarning Circle will give students and teachers at St James’ Primary School in Muswellbrook the opportunity to sit together and enhance their understanding of Indigenous culture.

A Yarning Circle is an important part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and a harmonious and collaborative way of communicating. It promotes respectful relationships and provides an open environment to share cultural knowledge.

In August Malabar designed and installed the Yarning Circle which involved the placement of more than 5000kg of sandstone blocks.

Malabar’s Manager of Health, Safety, Environment and Community, Donna McLaughlin said, “We are delighted to continue building our relationship with St James’ and other schools in the region by providing resources that help their specific needs.”

“We look forward to seeing the Yarning Circle develop as native plants and artwork are added to the space, which will further facilitate cultural learning and understanding.”

The new space was enthusiastically received by students. “Thank you for this amazing and respectful area where we can teach others about our customs and traditions,” said year 6 student Tushawn.

St James’ Aboriginal Education Teacher, Tania Thompson expressed how thankful they are to have a designated place for our CREST Crew to meet and yarn.

“When we meet as a whole group from K-6 around the Yarning Circle, it gives students the opportunity to bond, form strong ties, and unite as one mob,” she said.

“Communicating, sharing and problem solving as a team are some of the extremely important life skills that we refine when meeting for Yarning Circle.”

“We learn to listen to one another and to respect the ideas and opinions of others regardless of their age, as we all have wisdom to share.”

St James’ will use the Yarning Circle as an extension of their classrooms and teaching practice to foster knowledge of Indigenous culture by engaging both indigenous and non-indigenous students and teachers.

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