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Remote Control Mining Machine

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Mine Type: Underground Coal/Underground Metal/Non-Metal
Category: Section Face Equipment

Remote Control Mining Safety features have been developed for some remote controlled continuous mining machines used in extended cut operations. During the mining cycle, these machines may be under unsupported roof when the main machine or tram breaker trips or the methane monitor malfunctions. Temporary roof supports would then be required in the unsupported areas so miners could access the machine to reset the breakers or repair the machine. The latest safety features are engineered so a disabled mining machine can be safely trammed from unsupported roof areas.

The following safety features allow the machine operator to safely tram the machine to areas of supported roof:

Issued: 04/29/2004
Tag # AP2004-S096

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