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Computer-based Monitoring and Remote Control of a New Highwall Mining System.

Authors
Kwitowski-AJ; Lewis-WH; Mayercheck-WD; Leigh-MC
Source
Proc the 9th WVU Mining Electrotechnology Conf 1988 :37-43
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10006524
Abstract
The U.S. Bureau of Mines and a cooperator have developed a new highwall mining system (hms) for coal extraction in unreclaimed and active contour strip mines. The system is comprised of a computer- based, remotely controlled thin-seam continuous miner, a multiple- unit continuous haulage system, and other support equipment located on the highwall bench. The mining process is controlled remotely by a single operator from a protected, ergonomically designed workstation. The hms offers safe, economical mining of unreclaimed coal resources. It has the potential to be competitve with other highwall coal extraction techniques, with a productivity goal of 22 tons/man-h. Surface tests of the miner and haulage systems were completed at the Bureau test facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Specific results from these tests are included. Field production trials of the hms are being conducted at a West Virginia highwall site.
Publication Date
19880101
Document Type
OP;
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 50-89
NIOSH Division
PRC;
Source Name
Proc. the 9th WVU Mining Electrotechnology Conf., 1988, PP. 37-43
State
PA; WV;
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