NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
A microcomputer network for control of a continuous mining machine.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9358, 1993 Jan; :1-27
The paper details a microcomputer-based control and monitoring network that was developed in-house by the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and installed on a Joy 14 continuous mining machine. The network consists of microcomputers that are connected together via a single twisted pair cable. Each microcomputer was developed to provide a particular function in the control process. Machine-mounted microcomputers in conjunction with the appropriate sensors provide closed-loop control of the machine, navigation, and environmental monitoring. Off-the-machine microcomputers provide remote control of the machine, sensor status, and a connection to the network so that external computers can access network data and control the continuous mining machine. Although the network was installed on a Joy 14 continuous mining machine, its use extends beyond it. Its generic structure lends itself to installation onto most mining machine types.
Navigation; Environmental-monitoring; Feedback-control; Software; Hardware; Microprocessors; Coal-mining; Continuous-miners; Control-systems; Microcomputers
NTIS Accession No.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9358
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division