Development and testing of a computer-assisted remote-control system for the compact loader-trammer.
Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9431, 1992 Jan; :1-10
A prototype mucking machine designed to operate in narrow-vein stopes was developed under contract with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The machine, called a compact loader-trammer, or minimucker, was designed to replace slusher muckers in narrow-vein underground mines. The minimucker is a six-wheel-drive, skid-steered, load-haul-dump (LHD) machine that loads muck at the front with a novel slide-bucket system and ejects it out the rear so that the machine does not have to be turned around. An automatic guidance system that used ultrasonic ranging sensors and a wall-following algorithm was installed. Additional tests in a simulated test stope showed that these changes improved the operation of the minimucker.
Mining-equipment; Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Machine-operation; Underground-mining; Robotics; Automation
IH; Report of Investigations
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Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9431