SELF-CONTAINED SELF-RESCUE UNIT

TEAM
Anders Sandström

COLLABORATION
ATLAS COPCO
DRÄGER

BFA THESIS PROJECT
10 Weeks

How can we improve self-rescue equipment for mining professionals?

SCSR units are used in the mining industry as a first line of defence in case of contamination of breathable air. The units offers a limited supply of oxygen in a closed breathing cycle, allowing personnel to get to safety. The goal of this project was to design a unit that is easier to use and more comfortable to wear over long periods of time.

The lack of reliable data, such as accurate borders, creates a lot of menial tasks for the forest planners. 

COGNITION

Understanding how to use the unit in an emergency


COMFORT

The level of comfort when wearing the unit


INJURIES

The risk of injuring oneself because of the unit


FLEXIBILITY

The level of flexibility of the unit depending on work task and environment 


DURABILITY

The units ability to handle the harsh mining environment 

  • Mining personnel need to wear SCSR units throughout their whole shift, which often last for 12 hours.

  • I visited a zink mine to talk to miners to understand their needs, as well as testing the existing products myself at Dräger HQ

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    Developing a shape that creates a transition from the hard main unit to a softer material closer to the body.
    Indicates a direction, does not snag or hinders mobility.

  • Prototyping to find the best position for the unit with respect for weight, size of components and usability

  • Creating a full scale concept model

Our solution is an eco-system of products designed to extend the reach of the forest planner. Allowing them use their unique skillsets to survey the area, instead of correcting mistakes in previous data

Project presentation at Atlas Copco HQ for a South African mining team