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A Microcomputer Network for Autonomous Mining Research.

Authors
Schiffbauer-WH
Source
Ch 85 in Proc 21st Int'l Symp on Appl of Computers & Oper soc Min Eng AIME 1989 :928-35
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10007012
Abstract
Research is being conducted toward making underground mining equipment autonomous. This will facilitate improvements in safety by relieving workers of dangerous tasks and will increase production by providing more accurate control with less downtime. A U.S. Bureau of Mines-developed microcomputer network has enhanced this research by permitting a group of diverse computers to interact with a mining machine as well as with each other over a common data link. The network is composed of specially integrated off-the-shelf hardware and industry-standard operating system and programming languages. Using the network, researchers can conduct various experiments with the mining machine using a diverse group of intelligent sensors, computers, and microcontrollers. Descriptions of the mining machine, the mining machine control computer, control algorithms, the microcomputer network architecture, and communication protocols are discussed.
Publication Date
19890101
Document Type
OP;
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 101-89
NIOSH Division
PRC;
Source Name
Ch. 85 in Proc 21st Int'l Symp on Appl. of Computers & Oper..;soc Min Eng AIME, 1989, Pp 928-35
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