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Utilizing mechanical linear transducers for the determination of a mining machine's position and heading: underground testing.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9329, 1992 Jan; :1-23
Computer-assisted control of a mining machine can place the operator in a safe, remote location. A guidance system aids remote positioning of a mining machine by determining its position and heading. The mechanical position and heading system (MPHS) is one of several guidance systems being developed at the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The MPHS uses linear position transducers (LPT's) to provide navigation information during face maneuvers. This report presents an overview of the MPHS theory and implementation, including recent design modifications made for more successful underground testing. This report also presents the experimental setup and procedure for the underground test. The test showed that the mphs provides reliable and accurate results and can, therefore, provide useful guidance information for face navigation.
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Automation; Robotics
IH; Information Circular
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9329
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