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Teleoperated Cutting and Haulage for Thin Seams.
Kwitowski AJ; Monaghan WD; Brautigam AL
SME Preprint 92-62 :10 pages
Remote control for mining machines ordinarily means the operator is not seated on the machine, but is located within direct view of the machine and work area. Thus, remote control operators are exposed to the hazards of roof and/or rib falls and dust and/or methane explosions. The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed a method to disassociate remote operators from these hazards. Off-board, computer-based "teleoperational" systems are utilized that station the operators 100-m or more distant from the working faces. Details are provided for teleoperated systems for thin-seam extraction and haulage equipment in highwall and deep, room-and-pillar coal mines.
SME Preprint 92-62
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