System for Handling Supplies in Underground Coal Mines.
NTIS: PB/84-186741 Available for Reference At Bureau of Mines Libraries :49 pages
A new method was developed to handle supplies in underground bituminous coal mines. A survey indicates industrywide implementation potential for the proposed method. Reduction of supply handling accidents by as much as 73% and improvements in the productivity of face operations by at least 3% are anticipated benefits. The new method is based on the palletization of daily supplies and the use of a forklift to carry out the handling tasks at the underground section. The forklift demonstrated several important features necessary for underground supply handling such as compactness, maneuverability, visibility, ease of control, and auxiliary attachments for hoisting, carrying timber, and pulling. Design improvements are recommended for future generation underground forklifts that relate to higher speed, increased battery duty cycle, higher payload, and modified traction steering to eliminate plowing of soft mine floors.
CP; Final Contract Report;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB/84-186741. Available for Reference At Bureau of Mines Libraries.
Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc.