Longcliffe Quarries

Providing protection for workers operating in some of the UK’s toughest environments

Mines & quarries are hazardous places to work. Extracting materials such as slate, sandstone, granite, chalk and gravel from the ground often involves controlled explosives. Materials are also often chemically separated. Large machinery and heavy-duty vehicles are then used for the transportation of materials across large distances, before it is used in the construction industry

Challenge

Strict health and safety guidelines are in place to help protect operators, surveyors, estate managers, etc. Companies who operate mines & quarries use CCTV to help protect their
people, property and products. These systems must be robust enough to operate in difficult conditions, and efficient enough to provide high quality images to teams on site. Some
even use CCTV systems to monitor the operation of machines to ensure compliance, and that safe working procedures are being followed correctly. The efficiency of the CCTV
then becomes vitally important, as a failure in the system can result in certain machines not being able to be used if the CCTV is not in operation.

Solution

In 2016 Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates established a relationship with iP24 to provide a series of system upgrades to provide a higher quality image output. Longcliffe also invested
in the innovative RemServ health check system to monitor the performance of each sites CCTV system. RemServ can be retrofitted to most incumbent DVR installations, automatically monitoring the operation and maintenance status of remote CCTV systems. A daily e-mail report is sent directly to any of the clients updating on the status of every camera, or simply highlighting exceptions to regular performance levels. Moreover, by the time the client is made aware of a potential issue, iP24 will have already interpreted the alert and actioned an
appropriate response. Having remote access to the system means most faults can be cleared without the need to send an engineer to site, saving both time and money. If an engineer is despatched, it will usually be a ‘first time fix’ as the fault will have been pre-identified prior to arrival. The new system installations have provided Longcliffe with measurable return on
investment. Cameras monitor vital plant equipment to ensure appropriate sized materials are being processed. This reduces accidental machinery damage, and downtime, reducing repair costs and improving plant efficiency.

Comment

“The new CCTV systems have greatly improved the monitoring of the key process areas, and the security of all our sites. With the camera systems also on an IP network these are all maintained remotely by iP24 and faults on the system are instantly picked up by their technical department and where possible rectified without an engineer visit.”

Andy Meadows – Group Engineering Manager – Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates