UNDERGROUND COAL MINE MITIGATES THE RISK OF FIRE BY USING FIRE-RESISTANT HYDRAULIC FLUID
- In coal mining operations, a fire can increase the risk of personal injuries, as well as heighten the likelihood of losses in both capital and production
- One major cause of fire can be the ignition of mineral oil hydraulic fluids
mitigate the risksof using a
mineral oil based hydraulic fluida large
underground coal minein southern West Virginia was using QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 an
fire-resistant hydraulic fluidin their
- At the mine a
hydraulic power packused for a belt take up underground overheated, due to an electronic solenoid that was stuck open, causing the
hydraulic pump, valving controls and hydraulic fluid to
overheat. As a result the
hydraulic line meltedand sprayed hydraulic fluid everywhere. Because the mine was using QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68
fire-resistant hydraulic fluida fire did not erupt.
|Melted hydraulic line||Burnt valves from hydraulic fluid spray||Fluid in the tank became so hot that it melted and blistered the paint off the bottom of the tank|
The mine is not required to use a fire-resistant hydraulic fluid in this part of their operation, and very easily could have been using a
mineral oil based productthat would have caused a large fire. A large
fire undergroundhas the potential to cause major downtime in a best case scenario, and a catastrophe including, explosions, loss of life, and loss of the mine in a worst case scenario.
CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALThe southern West Virginia mine stated that if any other oil product had been used a raging fire would have developed, and credits QUINTOLUBRIC 888-68 with supporting the safety of the mine workers.
QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 was designed to
mineral oil-based hydraulic fluidsused in applications where
fire hazards exist. QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 can also be used in
environmentally sensitive hydraulic applicationswithout compromising the overall
hydraulic system operations. This fluid
does not contain water,
mineral oil, or
phosphate ester, and is based on
organic estersand carefully selected additives to achieve
excellent hydraulic fluid performance. QUINTOLUBRIC® 888-68 offers the lubrication level of premium,
anti-wear hydraulic oils, and can be used with
hydraulic componentsfrom all major manufacturers.
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