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MINE SAFETY EVENT HONES RESCUE SKILLS

By CART, Inc.

 

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va. – Ten of the region’s mine rescue teams gathered today at Bluefield State College for its eleventh annual mine rescue competition.

Southern Pocahontas took first place in the contest, Wellmore Energy took second place, and Alpha Natural Resources Southern WV Team #1 took third place. Other teams competing included Buchanan Red, Pocahontas Mine Rescue, Greenbrier Minerals Central Appalachian, Tri-State A, Buchanan Black, Tri-State B, and Alpha Natural Resources Southern WV Team #2.

The contest took place on the June O. Shott Field at BSC, with representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration providing a mobile command center that responded to the scenario as if it were a real incident. Team members in the command center maintained constant communication with their counterparts on the field, digitally mapping the course and recording real-time gas readings as those on the field advanced through the problem.

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Developed by the Welch Post #1 Smoke Eaters, the competition challenges teams to use skills and technology to solve a rescue scenario within a 90-minute time limit. The team finishing the course in the shortest time with the fewest mistakes wins the challenge.

The competition is hosted at BSC and sponsored by Brick Street Insurance, the Welch Post#1 Smoke Eaters and the Center for Applied Research and Technology, Inc., (CART).

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Tenth Mine Safety Event Hones Rescue Skills

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BLUEFIELD – Eight of the region’s mine rescue teams gathered today at Bluefield State College for its tenth annual mine rescue competition. Prepared by the Welch Smoke Eaters Post #1, the competition challenges teams to use skills and technology to solve a realistic rescue scenario within a set time limit. The team finishing the course in the shortest time with the fewest mistakes wins the challenge.

Today’s contest played out on the June O. Shott Field, with representatives from the Mine Safety and Health Administration providing a mobile command center that treated the scenario as a real incident. Team members in the command center maintained constant communication with their counterparts on the field, digitally mapping the course and recording real-time gas readings as those on the field advanced through the problem.

First place in the contest was taken by Wellmore Red, second place by Buchanan Red, and third place by Arch Coal Beckley Blue. Other teams competing included Arch Coal Beckley Gold, Buchanan Black, Tri-State A, Southern Pocahontas, and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

In 1940, the Welch Smoke Eaters Post #1 became the nation’s first organization set up specifically to give mine rescue teams a forum for sharing their experiences to improve outcomes, according to Mike Plumley of Brick Street Insurance. “The economics of the industry have changed drastically, and today’s event gave us a chance to come together with mining companies and regulatory agencies to share ideas about keeping safety at the forefront,” stated Plumley.

The competition is hosted by BSC and sponsored by Brick Street Insurance and the Center for Applied Research and Technology, Inc., (CART).

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LOCAL INGENUITY FEATURED AT CAPITOL

Bluefield, W.Va. - The Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) presented several of its product prototypes to legislators and industry leaders during the recent "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day" at the Capitol.


The Bluefield-based technology company provided a diverse sampling of its prototyping capabilities including two autonomous vehicles developed for the DARPA Grand Challenge and an RFID-blocking card designed to protect credit card information.  "Many of our projects result in first-generation prototypes," said CART CEO Bruce Mutter.  "We tailor our services toward new business development for the client."

CART provides applied research, design concepts, engineering models, robotics, sensors, digital manufacturing, rapid prototype development, initial production, marketing support, and direct technical assistance that technology-based business start-ups need to launch a new product into the marketplace.  


Recently CART partnered with TechConnectWV’s ScaleUp West Virginia initiative to provide Design for Manufacturing to Entrepreneurs within the state of WV. ScaleUp West Virginia is a two-year suite of programs designed to accelerate the states’ capacity to diversify its economy in a 40-county region of West Virginia.  
Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnectWV, said, “The EDA funding will support programs designed to accelerate the commercialization of new products and technologies, leading to the creation and expansion of small businesses and jobs.

 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin sets aside a day each year as "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol."  Organized and supported by TechConnectWV and TransTech Business, the event showcases West Virginia's technology industries in the Capitol Rotunda, where innovators, entrepreneurs and legislators can discuss the state's achievements and challenges in growing its innovation economy. 

 

Pictured:  Senate President Bill Cole and Senator Mark Maynard make time during the day to meet with representatives of CART, Inc., Heather Williams and Deborah Griffith

Pictured: L to R - John Maher, Executive Committee Chair, TechConnectWV, Deb Grifffith, CART, Inc., Heather Williams, CART, Inc., Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnectWV

Pictured: CART, Inc. at the WV State Capitol

 

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Bluefield Company Takes Role in ScaleUp WV

Bluefield, W.Va. - The Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) is partnering with TechConnect WV's ScaleUp West Virginia initiative to bring together the public and private sectors in an effort to diversify the state's economy by spurring innovation and entrepreneurship.

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant of $500,000 to TechConnect WV in the support the ScaleUp initiative, which will coordinate public and private resources to support the development and commercialization of new products and the creation and expansion of small businesses and jobs in 40 West Virginia counties.

ScaleUp West Virginia is a two-year suite of programs designed to make available the necessary resources to existing and start-up businesses looking to bring new products to market and the manufacturers that will produce them.

CART's role in the partnership is to provide assistance with product design for manufacturing, according to its CEO Bruce Mutter.  "ScaleUp West Virginia enables CART to work with up to 10 existing or start-up businesses to refine product ideas and create working prototypes for guiding the manufacturing process," said Mutter.  "Bringing new products to market will foster economic diversification in the state and help build a cycle of growth in entrepreneurship and business development," he added.

Other partners in the ScaleUp West Virginia project include The INNOVA Commercialization Group at the High Technology Foundation, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the West Virginia University Extension, and ChemCeption and the Chemical Alliance Zone.

TechConnect aims to diversify West Virginia's economy through innovations in advanced energy, chemicals and advanced materials, biometrics, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.  TechConnect works to build a culture that supports innovation and entrepreneurship, access to capital, and a proactive business climate with incentives for innovation-based start-ups.

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Mine Rescue Competition Returns To BSC For Eighth Year

Bluefield, W.Va. - The "best of the best" in mine rescue will meet in competition at Bluefield State College on May 31 when the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) joins with Welch Post No. 1 of the National Mine Rescue Association, "the Smoke Eaters," to sponsor and host the eighth annual event.

Mine Rescue Teams from throughout the region compete in the annual yearly exercise to learn from one another and to hone critical skills that will be put to the test when disaster strikes. 

"The miners who participate on these rescue teams are the best of the best at what they do," said Mike Plumley, competition director. "They come here to share their experience and learn best practices that may someday save lives." 

A BSC graduate, Plumley holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering technology (MIET) as well as an MBA from Marshall University. He was a member of the 2005 national championship-winning Pinnacle Mine rescue team and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the BSC MIET Program and a senior safety and loss control specialist for BrickStreet Insurance.

The teams will face a complex challenge designed to prepare them for emergency situations, according to problem designer Richard Crockett, trainer for the Pinnacle rescue team that won the 2013 National Mine Rescue Competition in Columbus, Ohio. "It will be a timed training course focused on finding missing miners in the types of hazardous conditions that would likely be encountered underground," Crockett explained. "The exercise will help the teams become safer rescuers."

Teams currently registered to participate in this year's event include Mountain Laurel Green from Mountain Laurel Coal, Leer Mine White from ACI Tygart Valley/Leer Mine, Sentinel Mine Blue from Arch Coal Sentinel Complex, Tri-State A and Tri-State B from Tri-State Coal Operators, Buchanan Red and Buchanan Black from Consol Buchanan Mining Co., Pinnacle Blue and Pinnacle White from Cliffs Natural Resources.

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CART: ingenuity to industry

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