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Utilizing mechanical linear transducers for the determination of a mining machine's position and heading: the concept.
Use of Computers in the Coal Industry 1990: proceedings of the Fourth Conference on the Use of Computers in the Coal Industry, June 20-22, 1990, Morgantown, West Virginia. Grayson RL, Wang YJ, Sanford RL, eds. Boston, MA; Balkema, 1990 Jun; :21-31
Automation of a mining machine where the operator can be placed in a safe, remote location requires the development of a guidance system. This U.S. Bureau of Mines paper describes a system to determine the position and heading of a mining machine during maneuvers in the face area of an operating mine section. Four linear position transducers mounted on a mining machine with their cables attached to points on a stationary reference were employed, which provided redundancy to increase the reliability of the guidance system. The linear position information obtained from these transducers provides the desired position and heading information, while the algorithm employed utilizes the sensor redundancy to continually test the accuracy of the sensor data. Finally, a preliminary error analysis is performed to identify the major sources of error, which are then evaluated to determine their inaccuracies for use in calculating the overall system accuracy.
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Grayson RL; Wang YJ; Sanford RL
Use of Computers in the Coal Industry 1990: proceedings of the Fourth Conference on the Use of Computers in the Coal Industry, June 20-22, 1990, Morgantown, West Virginia
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