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Operating Ideas - December 2017


Performance Improvements for Continuous Miners

For underground coal operators, the continuous miner is an indispensable piece of equipment. Room-and-pillar mines rely on them for production and longwalls depend on them for development. The industry has seen a steady stream of safety improvements related to the operation of these machines such as wireless remotes and proximity detection systems, and the machine itself has also seen a few changes.

The Joy continuous miner is popular in the U.S. Komatsu Mining recently claimed that nearly all of the top 20 room-and-pillar mines in the U.S. were running Joy continuous miners. Over time, the Joy 12CM, has evolved to meet the higher productivity requirements today’s underground operators expect. While many of the basic elements remain the same, these machines have been improved to withstand rigorous conditions.
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