NEMAEQProject reference: RFCR-CT-2006-00001
Funded under: ECSC-COAL-STEEL-RTD C
New mechanisation and automation of longwall and drivage equipment
Total cost:EUR 3 809 157
EU contribution:EUR 2 285 493
Complete automation, together with the optimised mechanisation of long-wall workings and roadway drivages, are key important factors for improving mine productivity. Maximised coal production can be assured by minimising human machine attendance mistakes, reducing labour costs and increasing machine running time and equipment reliability.
The strategic focus of the project is the development of full automatic sheerer face equipment. This will take into account the development of software for the design of cutting tools with a minimum of pick wear and machine down time. New designs of cutting drums will lead to improve tool cutting (pick) loading efficiency with less fine coal and dust production. Innovative methods of maintenance and planned repair of the machines will maximise the running time of long-wall and drivage equipment.
The research will result in considerably improved productivity within European Coal mines.