Autonomous face navigation of a continuous mining machine.
IEEE Trans Ind Appl 1989 Nov/Dec; 25(6):981-985
The tasks of autonomous face navigation for a continuous mining machine and the navigational information necessary to perform these tasks are discussed. A proposed solution is presented, including the employment of a mobile control structure to serve as a reference in the face area, of laser-based optical scanning units and retroreflective targets to determine the machine's position relative to the reference, and of a gyroscope to maintain a short-term knowledge of heading of the machine. An algorithm for fusion of the laser system's data is outlined. Future work on the navigational control software is discussed.
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Machine-operation; Mine-shafts; Mine-workers
Donna L. Anderson, Pittsburgh Research Center, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Cochran Mill Road, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236-0070
OP; Journal Article
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications