The Spring Creek Mine is one of three surface coal mines owned and operated by Cloud Peak Energy Inc. Headquartered in Wyoming, Cloud Peak Energy is one of the largest coal producers in the nation recognised for their safety and environmental excellence.
Contributing to the success of the Spring Creek Mine is their Bucyrus-Erie 1570 dragline fleet. Superior lighting and low maintenance solutions are crucial to achieving production goals.
When looking to upgrade their lighting, Cloud Peak Energy weighed a number of factors including, availability, product support, product pricing, suitability to the application, historical durability of the product line, the ability of each fixture to produce the desired illumination, mounting options, power connector design, and color spectrum.
After meeting design specifications and demonstrating product ability, Vision X Lighting’s LED was accepted as best value and best fit for the application.
“IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE VISION X PRODUCT WAS THE BEST VALUE TO OUR COMPANY FOR THIS APPLICATION..” – Craig Russell, Senior Maintenance Planner
When running the dragline at night, the Vision X AC light fixture’s lumen output and color spectrum has improved the operator’s perception of surface features in the dig face and floor. Furthermore, the LED technology decreases the power supply requirements and the need for larger power cables.
“The LED lighting reduces the energy load required to produce the light by about 74% when compared to the metal halide lighting which it replaced,” said Craig Russell. “This benefits the company and the environment by improving the efficiency of operation.”