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The research was carried out at the Monte Sinni mine, a sub-bituminous coal mine located in the south-west of Sardinia (Italy). The aim of the research has been to develop a control system for materials flow and for the traffic of the tyred vehicles designed specifically for coal mines. In particular, it has been tried to simulate control of each materials supply step starting from the surface store to the working sites and vice-versa. The hardware has been supplied by Montan-Forschung (Germany) and the software has been produced by Tele Data Software in Cagliari (Italy).

Instrumentation is made up by two physically separated parts. The first has been designed to control the run of the trolley truck and allows the exchange of both data and voice between the driver and a main receiving station. The second controls the run of each transport unit by means of data bearing tags (TPD) which are provided with a fixed numerical identification code and are attached to the units. The transport cycle is controlled by the operating software installed on a personal computer that operates as a 'main station'.

The control system of the materials flow has given satisfactory results that have allowed the research to achieve its aims. The future application of the system in the mine will bring about certain advantages also by an economic point of view, mostly due to reduction of the materials supply times, as well as the impossibility of shunting mistakes and miscarriages of the load or part of it. it.

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Authors: CARBOSULCIS, Carbosulcis, Cortoghiana (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15654 IT (1997) 56pp., FS, ECU 8.50
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9246-3
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