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Recent advances in remote coal mining machine sensing, guidance, and teleoperation

  • J. C. Ralston (a1), D. W. Hainsworth (a1), D. C. Reid (a1), D. L. Anderson (a1) and R. J. McPhee (a1)...

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This paper presents some recent applications of sensing, guidance and telerobotic technology in the coal mining industry. Of special interest is the development of semi or fully autonomous systems to provide remote guidance and communications for coal mining equipment. We consider the use of radar and inertial based sensors in an attempt to solve the horizontal and lateral guidance problems associated with mining equipment automation. We also describe a novel teleoperated robot vehicle with unique communications capabilities, called the Numbat, which is used in underground mine safety and reconnaissance missions.

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