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By the end of the 1980's, remote monitoring and control was widely installed throughout British collieries. British Coal had standardized on its own MINOS surface system, and this was in use at over 90% of sites. Considerable flexibility was introduced into the monitoring of individual items of plant and colliery staff were able to add transducer and plant characteristics as required. Simple control logic was also introduced, enabling remote monitoring to generate trips on conveyors or other items of plant. The aim of the Strategic Control Project was to build on this installed base of remote monitoring and control, and introduce controls based on colliery wide strategic functions, however any development had to integrate with existing systems. Two areas were selected as offering potential cost savings: energy management and coal quality control. Section 2 details the discussion held with colliery engineers and others to establish the benefits and the requirements in these areas. The subsequent system and application developments are then covered in sections 3 and 4 respectively.

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Authors: ENGLISH W, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17382 EN (1997) 111pp., FS, ECU 20.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-8758-9
Record Number: 199710634 / Last updated on: 1997-05-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en