Session 1: New Developments & Technologies for Longwall Installations
Tuesday (June 11, 2013, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

  • Grosvenor Longwall Project—Design for Benchmark Safety and Productivity
    By Dieter Haage, head of underground excellence, Anglo American Coal Australia pty Ltd.
  • Longwall Mining in Mexico: Micare Mine VII
    By Joel de Luna, general manager, Micare Mine VII
  • Fluid Power Generation & Transport Systems for Longwalls
    By Tom Hutchinson, manager of new product development, Swanson Industries
  • Update on New Ground Support Systems for Longwall Gate Roads
    By Dakota Faulkner, research and development engineer, Keystone Mining Services, Jennmar Corp, and Travis Sub, research and development engineer, Keystone Mining Services, Jennmar Corp.

Session 2: Safety & Health
(Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.)

  • Measurement Before Management: Best Practices for Assessing Safety Culture
    By Dr. Lori Guasta, director of organizational behavior and emerging markets, Safety Solutions International
  • A Review of Dust Control Techniques for Longwalls
    By Joe Defibaugh, engineer, dust and ventilation, Joy Global
  • Rock Dusting on Longwalls
    By Marcia Harris, research engineer, NIOSH (OMSHR)
  • Control of Explosive Zones and Oxygen Penetration in Longwall Gobs through Nitrogen Injection
    By Dr. Jürgen F. Brune, research professor, mining engineering  department, Colorado School of Mines
  • Completing the Development of Longwall Foam Dust Suppression
    By Dr. Paul A. Kittle, president, Aquafoam Inc.

Session 3: Proximity Detection
(Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.)

  • Personal Proximity Detection for Underground Coal Mining Equipment
    By Michael B. McMillion, senior mechanical engineer, coal operations support, CONSOL Energy
  • Proximity Detection in Mine Wide Applications for Underground Coal
    By Mike Berube, president and COO, Strata Worldwide
  • Intelligent Proximity Detection Technology for Underground Coal Mines
    By Joseph DuCarme, mechanical engineer, NIOSH
  • Matrix Technology and Experience in Proximity Detection
    By Aric Pryor, president, Matrix Design Group

Keynote Luncheon & Longwall USA Top Performers Awards
(Wednesday, June 12, 2013, Noon-1:30 p.m.)

  • Coal Age will recognize the three top performing U.S. longwall mines
  • Market Uncertainty: Demand for Coal Grows Everywhere, but the U.S.
    By Seth Schwartz, Energy Ventures Analysis

Session 4: Face Automation
(Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.)

  • Partnering to Develop a Productive Automated Longwall System
    By Mike Calderone, manager, controls and automation systems, JoyGlobal, and Scott Langley, COO, White Oak Resources
  • Application of Shearer Automation in Australia
    By Stephen Douglas, project manager with automation responsibilities, Eickhoff Australia pty Ltd.
  • Longwall Extraction of Thin Seams at Poland’s Bogdanka Mine Using VFD Technology
    By Zbigniew Stopa, president of the management board, Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka S.A.; and Dr. Michael Myszkowski, product manager AFC/Plow, Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH
  • Automated Longwall Systems: The Pniówek Experience
    By Reinhard Neuper, vice president for product development, Kopex Machinery S.A

Session 5: Reliability & Maintenance
(Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.)

  • Asset Reliability at the San Juan Mine
    By Michael J. Fidel, manager maintenance, San Juan Coal Co.
  • Challenges for Successful Ground Fault Protection of VFDs Used in Underground Coal Mining
    By Bobby Houston, eastern division general manager, Intermountain Electronics Inc., Pat Lemmon, project manager, Intermountain Electronics Inc., and James K. Martin, vice president, Intermountain Electronics Inc.
  • Smart Services in Support of Benchmark Longwall Production
    By Dieter Haage, head of underground excellence, Anglo American Coal Australia pty Ltd.
  • Faster Roadway Development: Slow Cutting for Higher Productivity and Safety
    By Kirby Owen, product support manger mechanical cutting, Sandvik Mining and Thomas Vallant, manager sales support mechanical cutting, Sandvik Mining
  • Impact of Corrosion on Mining Equipment
    By J.V. Pellegrino Jr., senior materials consultant, RJ Lee Group, USA