Novel design for a thin-seam shuttle car featuring an ergonomic operator compartment.
Mayton-AG; Bartels-JR; Mayercheck-WD
Min Eng 1989 Nov; 41(11):1132-1134
Since 1982, the US Bureau of Mines has investigated improvements in protections for operators of thin seam shuttle cars. Due to working height restrictions in thin seam mines (< / = 1.22m or 48 inch.). Federal mine regulations require that canopy protection on shuttle cars be provided only in mines >/=1.07m (42 in.). However, court obtained variances are granted to mines < / = 1.22m (48 in). This paper presents ongoing research to design and evaluate a uniquely positioned, ergonomic compartment for a shuttle car that provides the operator with full canopy protection in working heights of 1.02m (40in.).
Mineral-processing; Mine-shafts; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Equipment-design; Ergonomics
OP; Journal Article