Category: Operating Ideas

LED Light Reduces Roof Bolter Lighting Glare

by john j. sammarco Fortunately, there is an overall trend of increasing mineworker safety in the United States. One example is the rate per 200,000 hours worked of coal mining nonfatal lost-time injuries was 2.57 during 2009...

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The Impact of Tax Reform on the Mining Industry

by john myrick The tax reform act signed at the end of 2017 made substantial changes to the tax code, and those changes will have an important — and generally positive — impact on the mining industry. The act is commonly...

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Detecting Leaks in Aboveground HDPE Pipes

by mathew cook No matter the mining and processing operation, waste disposal will always be a significant aspect of the operation. The tailings byproduct of mineral or coal processing is part and parcel of the refinement...

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Controlling Compressor Vibration and Surge

Controlling vibration and surge is one of the most critical aspects of keeping centrifugal and reciprocating compressors up and running. If improperly monitored and maintained, these types of compressors can experience frequent...

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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...

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Operating Ideas – October/November 2017

Modeling Solves Coal Flow Problems The James H. Miller Jr. plant in Alabama is one of the top 10 largest coal-fired power plants in the United States, responsible for 46% of the power generation in Alabama. The plant converted...

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Operating Ideas – September 2017

Connecting the Connected Mine How do you connect operations that cover vast stretches of land in some of the world’s most rugged and remote locations? That’s the question many mining companies are asking today as they look to...

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Operating Ideas – July-August 2017

A Better and Safer Way to Clean Coal Ash Silos MPW Industrial Services borrowed concepts from the oil field, window-washing and confined space rescue trades to develop a better and safer way to clean coal ash silos, which...

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Operating Ideas – June 2017

Dewatering Considerations for ExplosionProof Submersible Slurry Pumps Explosion prevention is a primary safety concern for many industries that depend on electrically driven pumps. In the case of chemical plants, refineries and...

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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 9/29/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 223,744 237,569 -5.8
West Virgina 72,562 68,320 6.2
Pennsylvania 37,402 36,802 1.6
Illinois 36,934 36,787 0.4
Kentucky 29,830 32,339 -7.8
Montana 28,793 25,391 13.4
Indiana 25,352 23,729 6.8
North Dakota 21,996 21,209 3.7
Texas 21,131 26,342 -19.8
Alabama 10,917 9,572 14.0
U.S. Total 562,408 578,373 -2.8

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