The pressurized Pod Duster is available through Martix’s Equipment Division. (Photo: Matrix Design Group)

Technology provider Matrix Design Group announced a new Equipment Division that will feature essential support products for underground coal operations. The new division has launched with a product line of new or rebuilt rock dusters as well as rock dust bins, refuge shelters and dozer kits.

“We want to offer coal mines high-quality new and rebuilt products with an eye toward cost savings,” President David Clardy said. “In this challenging time, mines need to maximize every dollar, and we feel that combining this new product suite with our outstanding service is a good way to support American mining.”

The line of new and rebuilt equipment will include newly designed 1,000-lb Electric Trickle Duster; 400-lb Electric Trickle Duster; pull-behind Electric Beltline Duster; Scoop Flinger Dusters; Slurry Dusters; single and dual, rail or rubber-tired, Pressured Pod Duster; portable and stationary Rock Dust Bins; patented “bottles off”-design LifeShelters; and Dozer Rescue Kits.

The Matrix Equipment Division has the ability to build new rock dusters or rebuild any type of duster that the customer may have. While mines can buy ready-made products, Matrix staff will also work closely with them to customize their purchase.

“We know that the chances of a widespread explosion can be greatly reduced when rock dust is applied and maintained according to industry standards and that’s why quality rock dusters are so critical,” said Sam Kinder, Equipment Division technical sales representative. “We listen closely to our customer’s ideas and work to meet their exact needs to best support their employees’ safety.”