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MEXICO'S LARGEST UNDERGROUND MINE CREATES A SAFER ENVIRONMENT WITH BTI'S ScaleBOSS 3D MECHANIZED SCALER
In 1864, prospectors discovered precious metals and minerals in the mountains near the town of Matehuala, Mexico. The consistent stream of material quickly led to the establishment of Negociación Minera Santa María de La Paz (NEMISA Mine), which has been passed down from father to son for the last century and a half. Today, Director General José Cerrillo has expanded the operation into Mexico’s largest underground mine and one of the most notable companies in the region.
“We are currently producing 10,000 tons each day or 3 million tons per year,” noted Cerrillo. “We produce 70 percent copper and split the remaining percentage between silver and gold. The mineralized area is about seven square kilometers, but we continue to find large reserves.”
The organization plays an integral role in the region’s economy as it employs 850 residents, who take tremendous pride in their work. The opportunities for career advancement and a family-like atmosphere where staff comes first help NEMISA Mine reach its goals.
“Everyone who works here gives their best because we feel like part of the company; we are a family,” noted Geological Engineer Manuel González Ochoa. “People have learned that the concrete word to achieve progress and have better income is productivity. Therefore, we have a philosophy and a way of thinking which implies that every day we must give our best.”
Keeping employees safe while working underground to achieve production targets is paramount. Recently, the company added its second Breaker Technology (BTI) ScaleBOSS 3D mechanized scaler to remove potentially dangerous rock from the mine ceiling and aid in maintaining its stringent safety standards.
“The ScaleBOSS equipment is very important because of the safety aspect for all the personnel who work in the productive areas of the mine,” said Maintenance Manager José Luis Contreras Obregón. “We can diminish the danger related to falling rocks immediately and safely.
“Compared to our first ScaleBOSS machine, the newer one has given us even better results,” continued Obregón. “The availability is great, and it reduces operating costs. More than anything, the mining operation is continuous instead of day by day waiting to secure unstable rocks.”
Maintaining the machine is simple for Maintenance Supervisor José Rosalio Martínez. “The equipment can detect failures and is very accessible when something needs to be repaired. The machine also has a good design for regular maintenance such as checking the oil levels.”
Operators quickly noticed the ScaleBOSS meshed well with the company’s values and goals. The machine improved productivity and efficiency compared to competitive brands while reducing costs and increasing profitability.
“We use it to speed up work,” stated Ruben de Jesus Ramírez, who serves as the Maintenance Supervisor at the company’s Dolores Mine. “Unlike other equipment, this machine has two turning units, which helps the operator fully extend the machine arm and move the hammer to the left and right side. When the machine is at full extension, it’s able to achieve more than the projected height tasks.
Cerrillo notes that veins within NEMISA Mine are expected to produce material for another 20 years. He is straightforward about why the BTI ScaleBOSS mechanized scaler will continue to be part of the organization’s future for the next two decades. “The machine fulfills an important part in the mining process and has made our work better and easier.”“It’s also very easy to use compared to competitive brand machines,” continued Ramírez. “The control of the equipment and the hammer is straightforward. The machine’s traction helps a lot to clean the mining debris after scaling.”
MEET THE NEMISA MINE TEAM
|José Cerrillo |
|Manuel González Ochoa |
|José Luis Contreras Obregón |
|José Rosalio Martínez |
Mine Maintenance Supervisor
|Ruben de Jesus Ramírez |
Mine Maintenance Supervisor
|Víctor González |