Computer-based Monitoring and Remote Control of a New Highwall Mining System.
Kwitowski-AJ; Lewis-WH; Mayercheck-WD; Leigh-MC
Proc the 9th WVU Mining Electrotechnology Conf 1988 :37-43
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.
Proc. the 9th WVU Mining Electrotechnology Conf., 1988, PP. 37-43