The latest over-the-belt scanning technologies feature heightened accuracy, minimal infrastructure requirements and maximal optionality
by jesse morton, technical writer
Experts in the space say over-the-belt coal scanning technology is basically the same as it has been for decades. Except now it is simpler, smaller, easier to install and calibrate, easier to use and maintain, and offers remote access that allows the miner to be proactive. All of which is to say it has followed the evolutionary course that most technologies do. A challenge the suppliers face is that their products last, meaning that once a customer adopts the solution, that customer could well be out of the market for a generation. The suppliers have adapted by offering upgrades and cost-savings measures on new purchases, and, ultimately, by seeking to branch into new markets. A brief look at the flagship offerings of a couple of the more prominent suppliers completes the picture.