Mining Contract: Metering and Distribution Improvements to Increase the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Rock Dusters
Current methods of rock dust application use trickle dusting, in which a constant small amount of dust is injected into the mine airstream, and bulk dusting, where a miner applies a large amount of dust in a local mea. These methods require a miner to know where rock dust needs applied and how much to apply, which often results in excessive application of rock dust or inadequate means of application. While the hazards of inadequate amounts of rock dust are obvious, consider the areas of excessive application. With limited man hours and dust capacity, applying too much dust reduces the effective area a miner can cover before needing to stop and refill the dust tank. An improvement in efficiency with rock dust application rates using a need based approach will increase the effective area a miner can cover and thus improve safety.
Contract Status & Impact
Further contract details pending.