Teleoperated continuous miner for thin-seam applications.
Monaghan-WD; Kwitowski-AJ; Brautigam-AL; Mayercheck-WD
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9384, 1993 Sep; :1-13
The U.S. Bureau of Mines evaluated a teleoperated continuous mining machine for deep mining in thin-seam applications as low as 1 m. Teleoperation increases the safety of mining machine operators because it removes the operator from the face, an area of immediate hazards, to safer outby locations. By using teleoperation, the miner can avoid many hazards, including unexpected roof falls that can maim or kill miners instantly, methane and coal dust explosions that can be ignited with just a small spark or flame, adverse long-term health effects from miners breathing coal and silica dust, long-term inner ear damage from loud noise pollution, and other hazards related to heavy mining equipment moving about in confined unerground roadways. The report presents the surface evaluation results of a teleoperated control system.
Coal-mining; Coal-seams; Remote-control; Underground-mining; Continuous-miners; Teleoperators; Mine-safety; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Robotics
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9384