Mining Application Sensors

Positek manufactures a range of rotary sensors that are well suited to applications in mining safety equipment


Due to the high volumes of coal extraction, crushing and transportation that takes place within a mining environment, the risk of a coal dust explosion is high. In order to mitigate these risks, workers must ensure that the correct hazardous area equipment, such as Positek’s intrinsically safe industrial position sensor technology, is installed wherever necessary. 

Positek’s rotary position sensor solutions are suited to applications in mining safety equipment because they are designed based on the principals of intrinsic safety. By restricting the flow of electrical energy into a harsh environment, the threat of a coal dust explosion can be eliminated. This is because any sparks that might occur as the result of an electrical failure will be insufficient to cause ignition. 

Having attained one or more of the following accreditations, all of Positek’s intrinsically safe sensors are qualified for use in mining equipment applications across the World: 

    •   ATEX approval
    •   IECEx approval
    •   CSA approval

Not only is our mining safety equipment recognised by the industry’s leading certification services, every sensor within the range benefits from the use of our unique inductive sensor technology, and operates without depreciation in all applications.

What sets us apart from many rvdt manufacturers is our onsite production facility, which enables us to offer shorter lead times than any of our competitors. Paired with our 25+ years’ experience, we can customise any of the ATEX, IECEx or CSA approved sensors within our range, and dispatched it to you in as little as 1-2 working days.

Mining Application Sensors

As the leading brand in displacement transducer, Positek created their very own non-contact technology. This technology allows their products to provide the best level of reliance and stability. Positek has also been in the industry for more than 25 years and thus you can be pretty sure that all products are approved by ATEX, IECEX and CSA.

What is the crucial safety must-have environment?

Nowadays, where most of the workplace produces harmful substances, it is important to somehow keep it safe especially for industries similar to mining.

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It exposes you to the risk of flood, toxic atmospheric contaminants and fire. To ensure that the last one does not happen, Positek encourages the use of rotary position sensors or intrinsically safe equipment.

Mining application sensors is necessary as it help reduce the risk of coal dust explosion. You can install Positek’s intrinsically safe equipment wherever you deem it to be necessary.

Positek’s intrinsically safe equipment restricts the flow of electrical energy in the harsh environment thus eliminating the risk of coal dust explosion since there will be insufficient electricity to cause ignition.

How can workers decrease the risk of a coal dust explosion?

There are several ways to reduce the risk of coal dust explosion. First, it is highly recommended that the quantity of hazardous materials is reduced. Next, if possible, it will be better if workers and employers use less hazardous materials. Third, make sure that each employee is aware of the safety operation of the machine in the workplace. If in case the workers noticed that the machine is starting to heat up, it will be best to report it to the management and stop using it until necessary actions are taken. Also, it is advisable to change equipment design and operation for less harmful effects.

The utilisation of intrinsically safe equipment is the best way to reduce the possibility of coal dust explosion. It is also recommended that high risk workplace such as gas and vapour environment take advantage of intrinsically safe rotary sensors to prevent such event.

How safe are Positek’s Mining Application Sensors?

Positek’s Mining Application Sensors are safe, effective and recognized by ATEX, IECEX and CSA.

ATEX Quality Assurance Notification was issued on July 2015 and this certifies that Positek’s products are able to comply with the necessary requirements and guidelines.

Sensor ATEX intrinsic Safety Certificate confirms that the rotary position sensors are compliant with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements which is necessary for any equipment that is meant to be used in dust sensor environment as well as gas and vapour sensor environment.

Sensor IECEX Certificate certifies the intrinsically safe rotary equipment is compliant with IEC Standard list. This verifies that intrinsically safe sensors are produced by Positek.

Sensors CSA Certificate proves that the products are able to pass the standards of CSA.

Find a Sensor

Click here to view our range of rotary sensors suitable for applications in coal mining equipment. We also carry a range of galvanically isolated three port amplifiers and current limiting devices suitable for use alongside our mining equipment and the rotary potentiometer.

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