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Technology News 453 - navigation and control of continuous mining systems for coal mining.

Authors
USBM
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, TN 453, 1996 Jan; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20024658
Abstract
The primary focus of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) is to make mining safer and more healthful for mine workers. The USBM research program is developing technology that will allow computer-assisted operation of mechanized equipment normally used in underground room-and-pillar coal mining, while permitting workers to be located away from the hazardous coal extraction area (the face). Advanced navigation and control technologies are being developed for underground room-and-pillar and highwall coal mining that can be applied to commercially available mining equipment. The technology being developed uses off-the-shelf components, minimizing the effort required to adapt it to mining equipment. Because the new developments are completely modular, only the modules required in a particular application need be used on the system.
Keywords
Underground-mining; Mining-equipment; Automation; Robotics; Coal-mining; Equipment-design; Laboratory-techniques
Contact
NIOSH, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
19960101
Document Type
Technology News
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
TN-453
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, TN 453
State
PA
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