#MySci411: Suburban Philadelphia Co. Powers Chilean Mine Rescue
The rescue in Oct. 2010 of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for nearly 70 days will be one of the rare moments that every person remembers distinctly. Much of the scientific skill that made it possible originated from a company in eastern Pennsylvania.
That company – Schramm, Inc. of West Chester, Pa. – manufactured two of the drills that helped free the miners.
The miners became trapped nearly a half-mile underneath Copiapo, Chile, on Aug. 5, 2010, when the mine’s walls collapsed. Schramm’s T685 mineral exploration rig drilled the 5½-inch hole that discovered the miners alive after 17 days in isolation. Schramm’s then created the 28-inch rescue shaft after other attempts to reach them were not successful. All 33 miners emerged on Oct. 14, 2010.
Schramm provided the Da Vinci Science Center special permission to use company photos from Chile for a Fact Forum held 11 days after the rescue. Three of those photos also are shown here with permission.
While Schramm President Ed Breiner refers to his company’s work in Chile as “no higher calling,” the company has received numerous special honors since Oct. 2010, including a visit to the White House in Washington, D.C., and personal congratulations from President Barack Obama.
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Image Courtesy: Schramm, Inc.