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Some opportunities in teleoperated mining.
Palowitch ER; Broussard PH
Mech Mach Theory 1977 Sep; 12(5):493-501
The need for increasing coal production and work productivity while improving the health and safety of the coal miner presents some interesting challenges and opportunities for teleoperation. Systems available for mining coal are described briefly in terms of four subsystems: Fragmentation, materials handling, ground control, and environmental control. The need for automation systems, their requirements, and the state-of-the-art are explored. Technologic deficiencies of longwall mining-the system having the highest potential for full automation-are discussed.
Coal mining; Coal processing; Coal workers; Occupational safety and health; Mining industry; Automation
Issue of Publication
Mechanism and Machine Theory
Page last reviewed: May 20, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division