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Rapid roadway development

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Roadway development rates in Australian underground coal mines are failing to keep pace with modern longwall systems and are unlikely to sustain further improvements in longwall productivity into the future unless step change improvements to roadway development equipment and practices are made. Bottlenecks which limit and constrain improved production and impact the safety of operators have been identified through a series of industry surveys, with the manual installation of strata support materials off the continuous miner being highlighted as a major barrier to improved development performance. This paper looks at research being carried out at the University of Wollongong which has designed an integrated system approach for the fully automated handling and installing of development consumables both on the continuous miner and outbye of the coal cutting operations. A series of hard automation manipulation devices have been demonstrated in a surface trial and the results indicate that rapid roadway development can be achieved.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Meers, L. & van Duin, S. (2013). Rapid roadway development. 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining Canada: International Association for Automation and Robotics in Contruction.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84893620645

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1620

Place Of Publication


  • Canada

Abstract


  • Roadway development rates in Australian underground coal mines are failing to keep pace with modern longwall systems and are unlikely to sustain further improvements in longwall productivity into the future unless step change improvements to roadway development equipment and practices are made. Bottlenecks which limit and constrain improved production and impact the safety of operators have been identified through a series of industry surveys, with the manual installation of strata support materials off the continuous miner being highlighted as a major barrier to improved development performance. This paper looks at research being carried out at the University of Wollongong which has designed an integrated system approach for the fully automated handling and installing of development consumables both on the continuous miner and outbye of the coal cutting operations. A series of hard automation manipulation devices have been demonstrated in a surface trial and the results indicate that rapid roadway development can be achieved.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Meers, L. & van Duin, S. (2013). Rapid roadway development. 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining Canada: International Association for Automation and Robotics in Contruction.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84893620645

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1620

Place Of Publication


  • Canada