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Executives and professionals gathered at Expomin 2012 to discuss the industrial and mining lift industry.

A workshop on the use of lifts and freight elevators for industrial and mining industries took place on April 13 during Expomin 2012, Chile’s international trade show. It was hosted by Sistel Latinoamérica (SLA) at the Hotel Mecure in Huechuraba, greater Santiago, Chile. Titled “Elevators and Freight Elevators in the Industry and Mining, Do We All Understand the Same?” the workshop was attended by executives and professionals in those fields.

Rafael Carvallo Fuster, general manager of SLA, opened the event by inviting attendees to share knowledge and discuss the use of those particular elevators, as well as the fundamentals, including legal framework, technical criteria, energy and maintenance. Fernando Velásquez Becerra, national coordinator of Technical Registers in the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism (MINVU), provided a presentation called “Legal Frame: Interpretation of the Elevator Law 20.296,” which includes information on lifts for the mining industry. Becerra described different cases and resolutions on the frame’s application and claimed there are still many aspects to be solved regarding interpretation and implementation of the new law. From a different point of view, Francisco Javier del Solar, engineering manager at NDT Chile, a lift-certifying body, analyzed the experience and real conditions in the inspection process according to the certificate standards in Codelco Andina, a large mining company in Chile.

Michel De Laire, head of the Industrial and Mining Sector of the Chilean Agency for Energy Efficiency, spoke about energy efficiency and the new ISO 50001 standards. He used diagrams to illustrate the importance and responsibility of the companies in the sector regarding energy efficiency.

Edison Agüero, a senior consultant for SLA and MINVU elevator certifier, commented on the technical criteria for elevator purchases and the modernization of an elevator in the Cañón del Pato mine in Peru. The elevator is said to have the longest travel in Latin America, reaching 450 m. Its installation was conducted by SLA. Enrique Martínez, CEO of Argentine company Elecsis, then described the manufacturing of the company’s Pascua Lama units using its Smartlift technology. The installation is located 3,000 m high in the Andes Mountains.

Gustavo Lagos, an electrical engineer and operation manager at Ascensores Heavenward, delivered on “Efficient Maintenance, an Approach for the Industry.” Lagos’ subject complemented “Experience on Maintenance Issues,” presented by Orlando González, head of Electrical Maintenance at Celulosa Arauco in the Biobío region of Chile.

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